Friday, December 25, 2009

Friday Holiday Links Parade, Now With No Actual Parade!

First off, from Brian Minsker, a link to a three-part series from the "The Big Picture" feature of the Boston Globe. It's a stunning review of the year in pictures:
part one
part two
part three

Next, from David, a link to a fascinating story about Duke Nukem: Learn to Let Go: How Success Killed Duke Nukem.

From Cliff Eyler, a story about the discovery (at the bottom of Loch Ness) of a Wellington bomber, one of only two known to survive WWII.

From Sebastian Mankowski, and entirely appropriate for the holiday season, it's Ode To Minions.

I may have linked to this before, but it's so indescribably delicious that when Geoff Engelstein sent it to me, I decided to run it again. Here you go:
Female ducks have evolved an intriguing way to avoid becoming impregnated by undesirable but aggressive males endowed with large corkscrew-shaped penises: vaginas with clockwise spirals that thwart oppositely spiraled males.

Thwart them, they do.

From Scott Sudz, a link to the ultimate lazy man device: a microwave with a built-in YouTube player.

From The Edwin Garcia Links Machine, a stunning video of Prague made with the Canon 1DMKIV. It's some of the most striking black and white footage that I've ever seen, and you can see it here. Also, a story about five Dutch families who decided to create an apartment building they could live in together. Next is one of the most amazing landscapes I've ever seen, and it's the most popular tourist attraction in Croatia: Plitvice Lakes National Park.

From Jesse Leimkuehler, a link to a story about the collision of two sections of the aurora borealis.

From George Paci, a link to a fascinating Wikipedia entry for coppicing, and here's a teaser:
Coppicing maintains trees at a juvenile stage, and a regularly coppiced tree will never die of old age – some coppice stools may therefore reach immense ages. The age of a stool may be estimated from its diameter, and some are so large – perhaps as much as 9 metres (30 ft) across – that they are thought to have been continuously coppiced for centuries.

From Tateru Nino, a visual periodic table.

From Mr. Fritz, and this is definitely NSFW (but very funny), a mash-up of Snatch and Star Wars.

From Jonathan Arnold, and if you click on only one link this week, it should be this one: a short stop-motion film titled Going West.

From Andrew Steele, another great unicycle link, to a story about a man who rode his unicycle in the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic--50 miles, 7,000 feet of climbing, and 4,400 feet of descents. Man!

From Eric Lundquist, a link to a PBS POV story on the world's largest shopping mall. It's in Guangzhou, China, and it's almost completely empty.

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