Previous “Links” posts

A Very Senior Junior Ranger 

Tuesday, February 19th, 2019

Rose Torphy isn’t older than the Grand Canyon, but at 103, she is older than Grand Canyon National Park. Now, she’s a member of its “junior ranger” program (available to anyone aged 4 and above).

Celebrity Bonsai 

Monday, February 18th, 2019

When several centuries-old trees were stolen recently, their owner provided the thieves with proper care instructions.

That’s About $100,000 Too Much 

Friday, February 15th, 2019

I can’t say I understand the importance of a limited-edition “sticker-sealed reprint” of a Nintendo cartridge, but I am confident in saying that a six-figure price tag for it is just downright goofy.

A History of Weird MLB Logos 

Thursday, February 14th, 2019

This Valentine’s Day, take a romantic tour through some of the weirdest logos in the history of Major League Baseball.


This one is actually more “great” than “weird”.

Drive to the Sweet Spot 

Wednesday, February 13th, 2019

This post about AI-written spoof ads is from last May, but because the goofy Matthew McConaughey Lincoln ads have continued unabated, it remains relevant.1


Footnotes:

  1. A copy of the embedded video is archived here. ↩︎

A Private Adult Sexual Oasis 

Monday, February 11th, 2019

My second-favorite part about this real estate listing that’s gone viral is the freaked-out neighbors. My most favorite part is the amount of side-eye the eventual buyer will receive.

We’re Down a Dingell 

Friday, February 8th, 2019

Back in October 2016, when the world seemed like slightly less of a toxic hellstew, I found joy in the Twitter account of John Dingell Junior. Sadly, Dingell passed away yesterday. But after his decades of public service, he also left us with plenty of bon mots on Twitter. The Detroit Free Press has collected some of the best.

A tweet reading: We should have all just stared at the eclipse.
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While enjoying tweets from this nonagenarian back in the before time, I also learned that the state of Michigan has been sending a Dingell to Congress for over eight decades. We’re now up to 86 years of Dingells, and counting. Perhaps today is a good day to learn all the Dingells, from the original 2016, “It’s Dingells All the Way Down”.

Chombueng the Marathon Dog 

Thursday, February 7th, 2019

It’s not an amazing time, but 5 hours, 46 minutes, and 31 seconds is almost certainly now the world record for “Marathon run while carrying a puppy for approximately 75% of the race”.

Rosemary Mariner Kicked Ass 

Wednesday, February 6th, 2019

In the 1970s, Rosemary Mariner finished college at just 19, in order to become part of the first group of women to earn their wings as United States Naval Aviators. Not long after, she became the very first female jet pilot in the American military. She was far from the last. At her funeral last week, a missing woman salute was performed by an entirely female flyover crew.

Korean Age 

Tuesday, February 5th, 2019

“Korean Age” is strange, different, and possibly not long for this world. The system uses a different counting method for ages, which can be confusing when interacting with the rest of the world, or even within Korea itself.

It is also a hassle for mothers who have a child born in December. In the new year, they likely find themselves having to answer the simple question of how old the baby is by elaborating that he or she is two years old by Korean age but is in truth only weeks old.

Unless I misunderstand, a baby born on December 31st would be “two years old” on January 1st, despite actually being just one day old. That’s very, very strange.