Wednesday Walk Around the Web – 03/19/2014

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Welcome to the Wednesday Walk Around the Web, where we weave & wind through weblinks weekly. Here you may find some things that amuse, some that titillate, and the occasional link that provokes. Do you have a link you want to see featured in next week’s Wednesday Walk? Email Glenn!

  • The hits keep on coming, with the latest huge scientific discovery coming in the form of the detection of gravitational waves, proving the inflation theory of the early history of the universe. Make sure to catch the video of one of the authors of the theory being told the result of the most recent experiment. (Gravitational waves are analogous to the largest seismic event in the history of the universe, when Hulk Hogan slammed Andre the Giant and the fault lines opened up.)
  • Friend of the Walk Joseph Lee provides the inspiration I needed to never buy a banana ever again.
  • Wednesday Walk penpal Jason Krowe wants you to know you were wrong about St. Patrick’s Day. I mean, we’re probably wrong about lots of things, but let’s not belabor the point.
  • Industries all across the United States get flour, cocaine and gunpowder out of Oreos. Those things are amazing.
  • This Week in Diseases: look, I have good news and I have bad news. The good news is that help is on the way for herpes sufferers. The bad news is that antibiotic resistance is bringing suuuuuuper gonorrhea. Welp. Actually, antibiotic resistance could probably be the bad news in every good-news-bad-news pair for the foreseeable future.
  • Let’s cheer up, hmm? And let’s do it with warm cookie milk cups.
  • Motley Zoo is an animal rescue outfit that leverages the power of celebrity to get animals some good homes. Alternatively: click for a picture of Snoop with a cat that is named either Gin or Juice.
  • Find your opera glasses, dress in your finest and head to New York City to take in a performance of the Bum Phillips story.
  • This Week in Inventive Maps: countries & continents made out of their most notable foods.
  • Hasbro is opening the gates to get some input on new words for the Scrabble dictionary. This is a travesty. Don’t they know dictionaries are supposed to be made by upper-class white men of the Samuel Johnson/James Murray variety rather than seething hordes of commoners on a Facebook page? (Also: anyone who wouldn’t let you play “ew” regardless of whether it’s in the official Scrabble dictionary is a jerkface.)
  • Fukushima, three years later.
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  • Hey tiny turtle. How’s it going?
  • Ancient Nepalese honey gathering seems harrowing.
  • Morgellons Disease inspires feelings of sympathy and slight terror, and might not exist. Also, reading about itching is a bit like reading about yawning.
  • Repeat after me: living languages are in a constant state of change. Living languages are in a constant state of change. Living languages are in a constant state of change.
  • This Week in Old Books: Soviet art meets Tolkien.
  • I don’t know what quizzes all of y’all are doing on The Facebook; I’m finding out which 13th-century Pope best fits my personage.
  • In our PTB Nation Link of the Week, Maurice Pogue delves deep into Diablo III.

Author: Glenn Butler

Glenn is not Prince Hamlet, nor was meant to be. He goes forward, he goes back. The Glenn that you know, he had some second thoughts. Glenn has come back to reclaim some infinitude of silence, the unspeaking of his name. At PTBN he's most often seen walking the web, covering the Star Trek beat, and podcasting about various manifestations of life and popular culture. Find him elsewhere on the Twitter, the Instam and/or the Tumblr. Tamp 'em up solid.