Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Miss Cellania's Links

Today is the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. And some are still arguing over the meaning of the document that changed our country.

Short Story: The Mini. The history of the most iconic of all British cars.

The Explosively Cool Chemistry Behind Fireworks. You have to wonder how many people died figuring all this stuff out.

In the 1820s, Scotsman Gregor MacGregor offered in investment opportunity in a nation he owned, an attractive Latin American coastal plot called Poyais. Which didn't exist.

Have you noticed how many movies feature celebrities playing themselves in a fictional story lately? If not, here's a movie supercut to show you just how often it happens. NSFW language.

Comet ISON May Appear Brighter Than Full Moon As It Passes Earth in 2013. Mark your calendars for November, if it doesn't flame out first.

Johann Schleyer invented a new language in the 1880s called Volapük. The German priest had a particular fondness for umlauts, which he sprinkled liberally onto Volapük words. (via the Presurfer)

Putting Infomercial Workout Systems To The Test.
Seven for a Secret. Gruesome alternative endings for Disney Princess tales. (via Metafilter)

The Rise of DIY Abortions. (via Daily of the Day)

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