Wednesday Walk Around the Web – 05/21/2014


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!

  • One artist in Alberta curates a collection of works around his land, which is the only thing stopping oil companies from destroying it.
  • For the first time, we’ve discovered fossilized sperm.
  • As it turns out, the ice cream truck song is incredibly racist. Well then. (Possibly not safe for work, if people in your workplace are likely to notice racial slurs alllllll over your screen. Not safe for…decency?)
  • Texting 911 is the sort of thing that should be a really, really good idea once implemented widely enough.
  • I’ve found our site’s next crowdfunding initiative: a Romanian castle of our very own!
  • A friend was talking about this a few weeks ago: the mayor of Peoria, Illinois recently set out upon a quest to use the full power of his office, including the local police and prosecutor’s office, to subdue a little-read Twitter account. Nice going, buddy. As ridiculous as this debacle is, and as horrible as it is that they raided some guy’s home for no good reason, my favorite part of the whole thing is their continued consternation over not being able to call Twitter on the phone. They desperately wanted to call Twitter. On a phone.
  • On December 18th, 1783, the morning after the Boston Tea Party, some forward-thinking person waded into the water and collected some of the titular tea. Whoever this person may have been, he or she was strong with the spirit of the archivist.
  • The Great Red Spot on Jupiter is shrinking.
  • There’s a live feed available of a camera pointed at the crosswalk on Abbey Road. You know, THAT one. If your time zone allows more UK daytime viewing than your humble author’s, you may be greeted by the spectacle of tourists trying to replicate the Beatles photo all the live-long day.
  • The Met has made hundreds of thousands of high-resolution images available on its website. You can zoom in for an amazing level of detail.
  • Happy anniversary, Rubik’s cube!
  • One unlucky dude got in a motorcycle accident and rotated his heart 90 degrees to the right. He’s okay though. Well, as okay as you can be after crashing your bike and moving your heart around.
  • In the long story of human domestication of animals (including ourselves), there are bound to be lots of little-remembered dead-ends where the use or preference for an animal domesticated for a certain purpose just up and disappeared. So: did you know that the turnspit dog was bred specifically to turn meat?
  • “The Worst Day Of My Life Is Now New York’s Hottest Tourist Attraction
  • Whoooooooooooooooooooooops!
  • If you’re looking to make your nuclear test photos stand out from the pack — and standing out from the pack was a serious concern in the 50’s when everyone and their Aunt Mildridge was taking photos of nuclear tests — why not try adding a ballet dancer?
  • Coming soon to the Nintendo Entertainment System: Forrest Gump.
  • In this week’s PTB Nation Link of the Week, our comic book staff is back together for another roundtable podcast.