Friday Links!This is an utterly fascinating read about--rice cookers: An Ode To The Rice Cooker, The Smartest Kitchen Appliance I’ve Ever Owned.
From Steven Davis, and man, this is a great read: Dirty Hands: A cheating scandal in the world of professional bridge. Next, and you absolutely must read this article, because it's about one of the funniest people in history: The Hoaxster Who Revealed Sad Truths About America. Next, and this is just sad: How The Cordon Bleu Lent Its Name to the Exploitation of Young Chefs. Also, and I'm trying to not overuse the word "fascinating", but this is: How Maritime Insurance Built Ancient Rome. Here's a fantastic article about the shoe wars, and Steph Curry in particular: You won't believe how Nike lost Steph to Under Armour.
From Chris Meadowcraft, and this is one of the best links in Internet history: Awkward Metal Band Photos.
From Jeff Fowler, and this is excellent: How Many Decimals of Pi Do We Really Need?
From Wally, and this is quite interesting: Seven Things I Learned Attending Hot Dog University. Next, and wow: Open-Source Animation Production Software OpenToonz Available March 26: Animation production software with expanded feature set employed by Japan’s famed Studio Ghibli to be distributed for free. This is fascinating: Goths vs. Greeks: Epic Ancient Battle Revealed in Newfound Text. One more, and it's spectacular: Hugo Eligible Art 2015.
From Eric Higgins-Freese, and I can't even begin to tell you how much I love this: This Is Why You Don't Ask the Internet to Name Things.
From Phil, and what a story (and what a badass): Nunavut hunter falls through ice, makes pants out of a fox to stay warm.
From C. Lee, and this explains quite a lot: Why flying is awful, explained using your sad, lonely apartment. Next, and this explains something I've always been curious about, it's Why Superheroes Wear Their Underwear On The Outside.
From Garret Rempel, and written by Garret Rempel, and it's an IT detective story: Gotcha #5 - Network Performance, CSS, and HTML5.
From J.R. Parnell, and this is just amazing: Fascinating Photos from the Secret Trash Collection in a New York Sanitation Garage.
Closing out this week, here's a wonderful little story (be sure to watch the video): World's oldest living animal, 184-year-old tortoise named Jonathan, has first ever bath.