Friday Links!Leading off this week, and this is an incredible read: The Trials of White Boy Rick.
Well, this is quite spectacular: First Audio Recordings From the Bottom of the Mariana Trench are Nightmare Fuel.
From Wally, and this is fascinating: No Wool, No Vikings: The fleece that launched 1,000 ships. Next, and this could be useful: 20 Cognitive Biases That Screw Up Your Decisions. If you love fried foods, you have to read this: Deep fried. Okay, this is fantastic: You can now read the entirety of sci-fi magazine If for free. This is very, very clever: The Setup Wizard: Daily Accounts of a Muggle I.T. Guy working at Hogwarts.
From Eric Higgins-Freese, and I still remember being astounded by how ten-year-olds didn't care that a book was 500 pages long: The 'Harry Potter Effect': Books for Young Readers Got 115 Percent Longer in the Past Decade.
From Craig Miller, and attention, Star Wars nerds: Star Wars: The Force Accounted.
From Roy, and chimps continue to amaze: Ritualized behavior? Chimps all throw rocks at the same tree.
From C. Lee, and this is a remarkable story: How an outpouring of reader support freed one Challenger engineer from 30 years of guilt.
From Brian Witte, and this is utterly mind-blowing: Life and Rocks May Have Co-Evolved on Earth: A Carnegie geologist makes the case that minerals have evolved over time and may have helped spark life.
From Glenn, and this is utterly interesting: Why You Can't Trust GPS in China.
From Steven Davis, and this is very cool: Sculpting Massive Scenes with Balloons Brings a New Twist to STEM Education. Next, and man, you need to read this: The Invention of the ‘Type A’ Personality. Here's something from the wayback machine: How a Basket on Wheels Revolutionized Grocery Shopping. This next link is worth it just for the parody video: Inside Apple's secret packaging room.
From Jeff Fowler, and this is incredible: Nigerian sailor 'a phenomenon' for surviving in air pocket for 60 hours.
From Ken, and this is a classic: Runaway unicorn darts in and out of California traffic.
Closing out the week, from Meg McReynolds, and this is just outstanding: The Animated Bayeux Tapestry: A Novel Way of Recounting The Battle of Hastings (1066).