Na and the Missing Library Books. Indexing in a different language can give you a headache.
"Paulownia is known in Japanese as ‘kiri’ and as ‘Princess Tree’ because it was once customary to plant a tree of this kind when a baby girl was born, and then to make it into a dresser as a wedding present when she married." (via Nag on the Lake)
Spiders could theoretically eat every human on Earth in one year. Without them, we'd be overrun with insects.
The Incredible Legend of the First Black Samurai. He sure impressed the Japanese in 1579.
Watch all ten good dogs go up the steps one-by-one as their names are called. Even Mayhem and Chaos are good dogs.
A Japanese photographer who goes by Nyan Kichi has made friends with a
colony of feral cats. He's found that the cats particularly love to play
in an area where the street has a lot of drain holes they can jump in and peek out of. (via Metafilter)
The Country That Doesn't Exist. Transdniestria lies between between Moldova and Ukraine, but no one recognizes it.
Who Owns Your Face? You may be attached to it, but you don't have exclusive rights to what it looks like.
The Rebel Virgins and Desert Mothers Who Have Been Written Out of Christianity’s Early History. The church was not so patriarchal in the beginning.
Thug Notes: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Insightful commentary, NSFW language. (via Tastefully Offensive)