Sunday, May 11, 2014

Stories below the fold

13,500 year old tools from Northern Idaho come from far away, and hint at a double migration of Native Americans


Conspiracy theory of the week: Uh, Indie, they're looking in the wrong place.


Lessons from Snow White.

 What was the poison that paralyzed the princess? No fairytale here – there are real world possibilities to consider, toxins known back in the days that people were spinning such tales of magic and murder. Could it have been a plant poison like hemlock? That poison, used in the 399 B.C. execution of the Greek philosopher Socrates, caused a creeping paralytic numbness in his body as he died. Or an extract from the black henbane plant, known since the 1st century A.D. to induce sleep and numb pain. A pinch of opium, a dusting of mandrake root, that twisted member of the deadly nightshade family?

Guppies! Incestuous Guppies!

repeat after me:
The Guppy by Ogden Nash
Whales have calves,
Cats have kittens,
Bears have cubs,
Bats have bittens,
Swans have cygnets,
Seals have puppies,
But guppies just have little guppies.


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