Wednesday Walk Around the Web – 08/26/2015


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!

  • Every year, Beloit College publishes a Mindset List, a set of things that have “always” been true about the world, or never existed in the current day, since the dawning of awareness for the eighteen-year-olds forming the incoming freshman class. (If you’ve graduated from a four-year program since 2002, find your list here.) This year’s list, for the class of 2019, is one of those things you get to pass around online and kid about feeling like SO old. The class of 2019 has never licked a postage stamp! The Houston Oilers might as well have been the Providence Steam Roller! South Park has been on the air for literally their entire lifetimes.
  • Pop quiz, hotshot: can you tell Europa from the bottom of a frying pan?
  • This Week in Artisinal Products: Bellerby and Co Globemakers specializes in hand-painted globes, specifically preeeeeeeetty ones.
  • This Week in Things African-Americans Can’t Do Without Harassment or Worse: Walk through the front door of their own houses. Laugh on a train.
  • In Toronto, you can now go to the Rage Room and work out some aggression in a safe and healthy way: usually with a baseball bat.
  • Heinz ketchup has so little tomato in it that there are places where it cannot legally be called ketchup any more.
  • An intrepid fifteen-year-old registered a campaign for president of the United States under the name Deez Nuts, so already we know that future generations will be just fine. One underrated aspect of this child’s accomplishment is getting vast numbers of newscasters to recite the name Deez Nuts on air.
  • When you lose your sense of smell and get it back, suddenly you smell so very many things.
  • The Almighty Google recently experienced unlikely data loss due to four lightning strikes near a data center in Belgium. Somebody made Thor pretty angry.
  • Some black holes are sooooo massive–how massive are they???
  • The bi-directional spiral train set is the train that eats its own tail, proceeding without origin, without destination, and without end.
  • What makes a better mousepad, a state-of-the-art $60 model or a scrap of cardboard torn off of the box it came in?
  • Driving etiquette around the world. It doesn’t sound like there’re very many drive-through restaurants in Cyprus.