Wednesday Walk Around the Web – 07/29/2015

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Welcome to the Wednesday Walk Around the Web, where we weave & wind through weblinks weekly. Hopefully you will find the links on offer amusing, interesting, or, occasionally, profound. Views expressed in the Wednesday Walk do not necessarily reflect those of anyone but the writer. Do you have a link you want to see featured in next week’s Walk? Email Glenn!

  • Courtesy of PTBN lord & master Brad Woodling: a man whose dead body rotted in his car for two weeks before being found had in his possession a treasure trove of implements of murder, as well as an SUV designed to drive underwater, all of which he needed for his career as a half-alien government secret-agent. But he was here to help us!
  • That Brad is on a roll: Tetrapodophis amplectus is a fossilized snake ancestor so old that it still has legs, refining some of the existing ideas about how snakes evolved.
  • Seal a camera inside a cube made of mirrors, and you get some pleasantly trippy shots.
  • The human brain is exceedingly good at extracting meaning from meaningless, at creating patterns from randomness. It is, after all, how haughty concepts like “meaning” and “patterns” came to be in the first place. With that in mind, take a look at some weird wild stuff people have picked out of photographs of Mars.
  • Sandra Bland. Kindra Chapman. Rexdale Henry. Ralkina Jones. These are just a few people taken away by cops and mysteriously “found dead” later, whom the cops and their accomplices would have you believe simply killed themselves (which, even if you want to believe a cop, is at the very least a result of gross negligence).
  • RIP Sam Dubose, murdered by Cincinatti cops in a manner that is, apparently, so gruesome and so egregious that the body-camera video even disturbs the cops and cop-adjacent officials who’ve seen it.
  • Some wheelchair users can now get self-propelled chairs that can roll right onto the beach and into the water. Go have fun in the sun!
  • Cut together over a dozen different car chases, and you get a tightly-packed thrill ride. Bonus points for including the Blues Brothers chase, the greatest car chase ever committed to film.
  • What intricate floor tiling can tell you about your personality will baffle and amaze you!!
  • More than 110 years ago, Dr. Walter Kidd published his charts of human hair streams, showing the directions hair grows in various parts of your body.
  • The Tree of 40 Fruit is a tree with amazingly diverse fruit growing on it thanks to repeated grafting.
  • Your humble Wednesday Walker lives in New England, USA. Legend says that there was another New England, founded centuries before this one, when the native aristocracy fled from the Norman Conquest to, ultimately, Crimea.
  • NASA does a ton of awesome stuff, in space, in orbit, and on the ground. The latest spinoff from space-age-technology might be the use of heat shields to protect people stuck in fires.
  • Vegetable calligraphy is an amazing achievement in skill, precision, and grocery shopping.