Wednesday Walk Around the Web – 10/12/2016


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? Comment on the Walk post at the Place to Be Nation Facebook page, or find Glenn on the social media platform of your choice!

  • The early history of football is full of horrifying and captivating stories, such as the day Georgia Tech won 222-0.
  • Are you afraid of being pickpocketed? If so, prepare a decoy wallet that will not only take a pilfering in the real one’s stead, but also gifts the thief with a little party of their own!
  • The length of any given animal’s yawn appears to be correlated with the size of its brain. Also, you may be yawning right now. I was yawning within the first two paragraphs of the article, but then again I’m making this note at 3:36 AM. –Sincerely, Weekend Glenn
  • Salvador DalĂ­’s cookbook is a real thing that exists.
  • So you’ve decided to fake your own death. Let me tell you something: don’t. The paperwork will kill you.
  • Lately I’ve become enamored with a YouTube series in which a man tries to maintain some semblance of morality while playing Grand Theft Auto. He remains about as virtuous as you’d expect, but still manages not to murder people quite as much as the game wants you to.
  • Benedict Redgrove captures the beauty as well as the ingenuity of NASA technology.
  • This Week in Athletics: mountain biking looks hardcore and terrifying.
  • This Week in the Dredging Up of History: I hope all of y’all who were recently in the path of hurricanes are all right. In addition to putting people in danger and wreaking damage in the modern day, bomb squads had to be summoned in South Carolina when the storm dug up buried Civil War-era cannonballs.
  • This article on the economics of food-sharing with a partner starts by suggesting that it’s one thing a lot of people don’t come to a mutual conclusion about before getting married, which just seems incomprehensible to me.
  • This Week in Music: probably the best ukulele playing I have ever seen. Incredible.
  • If you’re feeling down about yourself, just remember that Superman has your back.
  • This Week in Crowdfunding Initiatives: there’s a Kickstarter on to complete the first Torah ever inscribed by a woman.
  • Oslo pulled out of the competition to host the 2022 Olympics because of some oddly specific things demanded by the IOC, including special new exclusive lanes on all of the roads that IOC members might travel on.
  • Human ingenuity is an amazing thing that has taken us and our effects from the caves to the outer reaches of the solar system. It’s also brought us no end of butter-spreading gadgets. I understand, really; I typically just give up on the idea of spreading butter between October and April or so, because sometimes giving up is so much easier.
  • Parents of the Nation, go ahead and swear in front of your kids; it’s fine, really. Just don’t use slurs in front of them. Also don’t use slurs in front of any people. Or alone. Even (or especially) if they’re the names of sportsball teams. What the hell is wrong with you?
  • This Week in the Least Likely of Workstations: you too can make an incredibly photorealistic drawing of Santa in MS Paint, if you’re incredibly talented.