Two amusing quizzes:
- What American Accent Do You Have? (13 questions; they pegged mine as undeniably Southern. Blast!).
- What’s Your Brain’s Sex? (A series of tests from the BBC).::via [BB-Blog]
Awesome pop-up books.
The New York Times has a great article about how America’s political polarization affects our social lives.
USA Today has an eye-opening list of the 101 most influential fictional characters. As an occasional fiction writer, I sometimes wonder why (if?) writing’s important–and then I see things like this list.
Whipup.net has a nice summary of the fabric copyrighting controversy.
Also via Boing Boing, free streams of old radio thrillers. They also have links to several other radio libraries on the web.
Useful articles (2) on how independent booksellers have restructured their businesses to compete with Barnes & Noble, Borders, & Amazon.com.
Here’s a fascinating article on Human-Elephant Conflict (H.E.C.). An excerpt:
In the course of her nearly two years at the Elephant Sanctuary — much of it spent in quarantine while undergoing daily treatment for tuberculosis — Misty has also been in therapy, as in psychotherapy. Wild-caught elephants often witness as young calves the slaughter of their parents, just about the only way, shy of a far more costly tranquilization procedure, to wrest a calf from elephant parents, especially the mothers. The young captives are then dispatched to a foreign environment to work either as performers or laborers, all the while being kept in relative confinement and isolation, a kind of living death for an animal as socially developed and dependent as we now know elephants to be.” —Charles Siebert, New York Times.
Read more about the Elephant Sanctuary.
I really like the music in this Beatles meets Bollywood clip (YouTube)–reminds me of Cornershop’s remake of Norwegian Wood. The dancing, though–sweet Jesus.
Here’s an interesting NYMag feature on Stephen Colbert.
Sir David Attenborough’s most popular clip: a lyrebird imitates a chainsaw, a camera, a car alarm, and a kookaburra.