Friday Links!From Wally, and I'd never heard this story before: Long, storied history behind the footballs of the NFL. Next, and this is a terrific read, it's The Criminal History of Fantômas, France's Favorite Fictional Villain. Here's an almost forgotten bit of history: Axis Sally: The Americans Behind That Alluring Voice. It feels like this in Grand Rapids at times: The First Light After Months of Dark: Chasing the first sunlight is one of the most special experiences you can have on Svalbard, especially for locals after a long winter without months of sunlight. Really, you'd think 2,000 would suffice: English has 3,000 words for being drunk.
From Steven Davis, and this is fascinating: The 1,000 year old windmills of Nashtifan. Man, this is awesome: The incredible sport of cup stacking, explained.
From C. Lee, and this could come in very handy: How to Cut String With Your Bare Hands. This story will make you angry: Troops Who Cleaned Up Radioactive Islands Can’t Get Medical Care. Newsworthy in light of current events: A ship full of refugees fleeing the Nazis once begged the U.S. for entry. They were turned back.. This is an excellent read: The Couple Who Saved China's Ancient Architectural Treasures Before They Were Lost Forever. Also excellent: How the 19th-Century Know Nothing Party Reshaped American Politics. This is an interesting article on apprenticeships: Wanted: Factory Workers, Degree Required.
This is a wonderful story: McDonald's worker with Downs Syndrome celebrates 30 years on the job.