Wednesday Walk Around the Web – 10/01/2014

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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. Do you have a link you want to see featured in next week’s Wednesday Walk? Email Glenn!

  • The Jacksonville Jaguars, a team you might not think is in a great position to make demands of its ticket holders, sent them a letter warning against the terror of excessive standing at games.
  • Street art can be absolutely delightful.
  • A good gravity simulator is an entire afternoon’s entertainment.
  • In honor of the dawning of the year 5775 (Shana tovah!), Buzzfeed got a bunch of goyim to try Jewish food (Ashkenazi specifically) for the first time. Let it be known: anyone criticizing a well-made matzah ball soup or noodle kugel is INCORRECT and WILL NOT BE LISTENED TO. (I’ll not totally throw my lot in with gefilte fish; in my house we only ever had it in the middle of the seder while Dad was busy carving the turkey. Throw a little horseradish onto it and it’s not bad, though.)
  • Finally, someone made Harry Potter good. Get that lady a film deal!
  • The Greek mythos has received its most faithful translation yet.
  • It may be getting cold where you live. (It may be getting cold where you love.) (It may be getting cold where you get Luvs.) Prepare for the wintry chill with hot beef drinks. Now with the concentrated essence of pure beef!
  • More plants can be carnivores than you might think. The world is a dark, dank, dangerous place with plants and insects and people coming for you. Sorry.
  • Speaking of horrifying plants, England’s Alnwick Garden holds a menagerie of life-threatening plants, cultivated for the amusement of the aristocracy. The following is a real excerpt from a real news article: “Whether a plant kills with pleasure or with pain, visitors can count on walking away from the Poison Garden with an entertaining anecdote. ‘Most plants that kill are quite interesting,’ says the duchess.” And when ever shall you be returning to Gotham, Duchess Isley??
  • Via Travis Banks: Steven Soderbergh made a cut of Raiders of the Lost Ark in black and white to highlight some of its filmmaking techniques.
  • Also via Travis: Groundhog Day is one of our favorite films, but it came at a price.
  • A fisherman in Chesapeake Bay happened to find evidence that ancient humans must have been in North America far earlier than previously thought.
  • Ol’ Blue Eyes can have a drink in the grave, and Tony Curtis can give you a call. Swell!
  • The sixties knew about meme captioning way before we did.
  • Halloween is coming up, so consult this handy flowchart to help choose a costume.
  • Learn a little about guillotines. This information may be important to you later.
  • There have been more than a hundred sexual assault allegations & cases in college football since the 1970’s.
  • Charity Johnson spent years and years pretending to be a teenager to get love and attention from parental figures. Well. It’s an understandable motive.
  • This Week in Music: The Bus Is Late.

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.