Previous “Links” posts

Some Wolves Will Play Fetch 

Friday, January 17th, 2020

Scientists in Sweden have just published a study showing untrained wolf pups can fetch a ball, like a domesticated dog.

This is the first evidence, reported Thursday in iScience, of this kind of responsiveness in untrained wolves, Dr. Hansen Wheat said. “To my knowledge, nobody has tested play behavior in wolves before,” she said.

Fascinating. Of course, it’s also possible that some scientists have attempted to test play behavior in wolves before, and they didn’t make it out alive.

Hopefully They Didn’t Grade on a Curve 

Thursday, January 16th, 2020

If Wolf Cukier had to write a “What I Did on My Summer Vacation” essay this past fall, he definitely earned an A+.

That’s Amazing 

Wednesday, January 15th, 2020

Last night, the fourth and final episode of Jeopardy’s “Greatest of All Time” tournament aired, with Ken Jennings claiming the title after winning his third match victory. However, the answer was obvious much earlier, when the following appeared on second-place finisher James Holzhauer’s Twitter feed following Jennings’s took his second match by a wide margin:

Ken’s response is completely, wildly inappropriate, and yet also simultaneously, totally innocuous.

Gotta Support The Team 

Monday, January 13th, 2020

It’s very cold in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and it snows a lot. To handle this snow when a football game is scheduled, the Green Bay Packers often pay fans to come out and help shovel out their stadium.

I Suppose It’s Hard to Stand Up if You Don’t Have a Backbone 

Friday, January 10th, 2020

Just a thought for anyone in the future: If you’re working on a vital piece of international transportation infrastructure, and you believe it’s flawed, it would be great if you could let the world know. It turns out that confining yourself to private snarking with your colleagues may have some serious downsides.

That’s One Horrific Typo 

Thursday, January 9th, 2020

When an emergency county council meeting starts with “Dear God, help us all”, you know it’s going to be bad. When a property tax budget is utterly blown due to the overvaluation of a single property by nearly a billion dollars, well, that’s really something.

A Detailed Analysis of Emoji Scissors 

Wednesday, January 8th, 2020

If you’re interested in which emoji scissors could actually close and cut, this is the post for you.

Waste a Little Extra Time This Year, to Avoid Wasting a Whole Lot of Energy 

Tuesday, January 7th, 2020

Personal security advice often skews toward the ridiculous. This year, however, it probably is indeed a wise idea to just write out “2020”.

The Worst of 1924 

Monday, January 6th, 2020

Last Wednesday, a new collection of works entered the public domain in America. That’s a very good thing, but not everything published in 1923 was good. Slate has taken the time to find some of the worst of it, based on contemporary reviews. For example:

The Right to Dream is about as untruthful as some lemon merengue pies. The froth, you know, looks diaphanously solid, but is as solid as sweetened water. Mix prussic acid with the meringue and you will have the idea of The Right to Dream.

So poetic! So mean!

Previously in terrible works entering the public domain: The Worst of 1923

That Does Seem Logical 

Friday, January 3rd, 2020

Speaking of New York City, A wind turbine came crashing down in the Bronx on Monday. Fortunately, no one was injured. Even better, the story gave us this quote:

  • A wind turbine shouldn’t be taken down by the wind.

It’s hard to argue with that.