Tuesday, January 02, 2007


Here are a few links to get you started in the wrong direction for the New Year.

Here's one of those heartwarming stories that makes us all feel good:
Cartoon penises have their say on syphilis

It's a story about how a series of cartoon strips increased the number of men getting tested for syphilis. Here's the dialogue from one of the strips:
"You don't fool me, guys. Sores followed by a rash can mean only one thing...SYPHILIS.
"Who is this guy? A detective?"
"Yeah...a regular Dick Tracy."

That is fine, fine work. See it here.

Here's an interesting and thought-provoking link from John Catania about a fellow who decided to see what it would be like to spend only a dollar a day on food. For thirty days. It's called "Hungry for a Month," and you can read it here .

Really, in any kind of sensible world, that link would belong ABOVE the syphylis comic.

Eric Higgins-Freese sent in a terrific link to the year's top ten astronomy photographs. They're spectacular, and you can see them here. Oh, and Sean Garagan sent in a link to some additional details about one of those top ten items--the solar transit of the ISS and Space Station Atlantis. That's here.

Sirius sent in a link to a story about moths drinking the tears of sleeping birds. It's a fascinating story, and here's the link (be sure to scroll down to see a close-up of the moth's proboscis).

Finally, from Michael O'Reilly, a link to a BBC article titled "100 Things We Didn't Know Last Year." My favorite: "In a fight between a polar bear and a lion, the polar bear would win." That's very handy, since Eli 5.5 asked that question just last week. See them all here.

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