Thoughty Thursday: Things that made me go hmmmm on the interwebz, June 29-July5, 2014

Thoughty Thursday

A bunch of good stuff for you this week. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll get edumacated 😉 Have fun *waves*!

The space shuttle program may have ended, but NASA’s still working on new ways of launching us into space. The Atlantic.

Plants can “hear” themselves being eaten. I fucking love science (IFLS). I kinda do, though sometimes it creeps me out.

More IFLS: Your brain on magic mushrooms.

And even more IFLS: Did you know there’s a place on earth that gets struck my lightning 1.2 million times a year?

One more IFLS, just for good measure: These skyscrapers will clean the pollution from the surrounding air and water.

David Gallo’s TED talk about underwater astonishments. The final frontier here on earth.

Treat the classroom, not the kids. ADHD, autism, and other conditions are not more prevalent in children, says Allen Frances in this Psychiatric Times article. The kids might just be misdiagnosed. My favourite quote: “It is shameful that simple immaturity due to being younger is now mislabelled as mental illness and mistreated with a pill.” In other words, being a kid isn’t a mental illness.

Amazing TED talk by George Takei: Why I love a country that once betrayed me.

How many last names started out as nicknames. Cool research for your characters?

St. Patrick was never canonized by the Catholic Church. I did not know this. IrishCentral.

A (mostly) intact 1700s woodworking shop was being used as a shed. Core77.

An old correctional facility not far from Sudbury makes UK news. “A stunning piece of Canadian history.” Could this be the setting for your next ghost story, or post-apocalyptic tale?

For Canada Day, Chris Hadfield and his brother Dave created this lovely song:


Doctor Who: 50 years of time travel, an infographic from the BBC.

A periodic table of fictional elements. Remember flubber? Fast Company.

A guy sings, impersonating 29 different celebrities, in one four-minute song. Offbeat.

Animals making puns from FadNation.

How would you like to have a thunderstorm in your house? Colossal. asks, what are you revealing on line?

What’s your favourite?