Friday Links!From C. Lee, and some of these are just mind-blowing: 19 Facts About the 19th Amendment. Next, and this is an excellent read, it's Thurgood Marshall’s interracial love: ‘I don’t care what people think. I’m marrying you.’ This is very, very sad: A fatal crash and the thoughts a father lives with. This is quite interesting: Why our Christmas music is still stuck in the ’50s. This is both a good read and funny at times: The chork is the fork-chopstick love child that America deserves.
From Wally, and this is long, but fascinating: Japanese Story of the Battle of Midway (A Translation). I remember driving past these often as a kid: There Will Soon Be Just One Howard Johnson’s Left — Here’s How the Once-Mighty Restaurant Chain Collapsed. Here's a great read: AMAZING DISCOVERY NUMBER 3 THAT WON’T MAKE YOU QUESTION ANYTHING. Also excellent, and related: 10 AMAZING DISCOVERIES THAT WON’T MAKE YOU QUESTION EVERYTHING. Next, a soft-bodied robot: Meet Octobot: Squishy, Adorable and Revolutionary. This is a terrific read: The long and twisted tale of the Nibbler arcade game. This is a wonderful story: How an American couple founded an African baseball team by accident.
From Steven Davis, and this doesn't remind me of another country or anything: How the French won Waterloo (or think they did). Next, and this is awesome, it's Interactive Dynamic Video. This is a fantastic read: Why did ancient Egypt spend 3000 years playing a game nobody else liked? This is tremendously interesting: A Metronome Practice Strategy for Musicians Who Hate Metronomes. This is both bizarre and very fun: Bosch Parade 2016. This is both difficult and true about our educational system: The Conversation I'm Tired of Not Having.
From Simon, and holy crap: Watching This Guy Unicycle on Top of a 70-Story Chimney Will Scare Your Pants Off.
From David Yellope, and this is just hilarious (skip to about 7:30 for the real hijinks to begin): The Funniest Table Tennis Match in HISTORY. The skill level displayed is also pretty extraordinary.
No surprise, because this entire field seems blanketed with studies that can't be replicated: Sad Face: Another classic finding in psychology—that you can smile your way to happiness—just blew up. Is it time to panic yet.
From Eilidh, and this is outstanding: The Ultimate Retaliation: Pranking My Roommate With Targeted Facebook Ads.
From Dan Fitch, and it's still relevant: Raising my fist at the Olympics cost me friends and my marriage — but I’d do it again.