Previous “Links” posts

Hip Hip Hooray for They 

Thursday, December 12th, 2019

Three cheers for the singular “they”, Merriam-Webster’s 2019 Word of the Year.

The Unknown Avian Haberdasher 

Wednesday, December 11th, 2019

In Las Vegas, someone is putting tiny cowboy hats on pigeons.

This is wrong, but you do have to admit the birds are making those hats work.

We Pay All Court Fees 

Tuesday, December 10th, 2019

Apparently, automated systems are scanning Twitter and creating copyright-infringing commercial products based on what they find. So, when an artist posts an image and someone replies “I want this on a shirt”, the bots make that so. A few (no doubt low-quality) shirts get sold, but the original artist is cut out of the loop.

After discovering these bizarre tip-offs, artists are weaponizing Disney and other huge corporations to fight back.

Just Stop Hiring Steve Harvey 

Monday, December 9th, 2019

Back in 2015, Miss Universe host Steve Harvey accidentally announced the wrong country as the winner of the beauty pageant. In 2019, there’s been another snafu.

Oh, Don’t Worry, She’s Friendly 

Thursday, December 5th, 2019

After Eli Boroditsky struck an animal with his car, he brought it into his vehicle to try and help it.

“I thought it was a German shepherd or a husky,” he said.

Suffice it to say, it was not.

A coyote, which looks very much not like a German shepard or a husky, in the back of Boroditsky's car

Has this man ever even seen a German shepard or a husky? Or, for that matter, a Looney Tunes cartoon?

A Submarine That Doesn’t Fill With Water Seems Superior 

Wednesday, December 4th, 2019

For a car that doesn’t drive, or a submarine whose interior fills with water, a million bucks seems awfully high.

Evaluating the Milk Production of Cows Wearing VR Headsets 

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019

The Moscow Times is a legitimate news source. Still, it’s hard to fight the feeling that this story is all an elaborate hoax.

It is difficult to believe this is real.


Monday, December 2nd, 2019

In the case of Wet Bandits v. McCallister, Kevin’s in big trouble.

Pretend Food for a Robot Dog 

Friday, November 29th, 2019

The latest edition of Sony’s robotic dog known as Aibo costs $2,900. As ridiculous as that seems, it gets worse. Now, for an additional cost, owners can give virtual sustenance to their robotic dog.

Preying on Prisoners 

Wednesday, November 27th, 2019

The for-profit prison industry is despicable. Charging inmates per minute to read free e-books is just the latest outrage.