Friday, August 25, 2017

Miss Cellania's Links

George Psalmanazar: The Lying Linguist. The Irish, or possibly French, man who passed himself off as "Formosan."

The Girls Scouts of the USA is mad at the Boy Scouts of America. A letter from the president of the Girl Scouts was sent to the president of the Boy Scouts accusing the organization of considering programs that will be open to girls, in order to please millennial parents and boost the declining BSA membership

How Flavor Enhancers Work. The magic happens in your mouth, not in the food itself.

What Led Benjamin Franklin to Live Estranged From His Wife for Nearly Two Decades? The entire 44 years of their union was unconventional.

What Dinner Time Looks Like Across the USA. Photographer Lois Bielefeld documents how Americans gather for their evening meal.

How Tough Is Your Diet? A graphic chart shows what different diets are called, and how challenging they can be.

The Great Digital Media Culling of 2017. Online publishers are giving up text in favor of video, which may be a mistake in the long run.

The Cult of Guinefort. Saint Guinefort does not appear in the official canon of the Catholic Church, because he was a 13th-century dog. (via Metafilter

‘This Is Not Hazing. This Is Rape’: Inside a Texas Town’s Football Nightmare.

The Last Adventure of Richard Halliburton, the Forgotten Hero of 1930s America. The travel writer went on one trip too many. (Thanks, Tim!) 


Bruce M said...


gwdMaine said...

The Mrs. works for the Girl Scouts and I showed her
the BuzzFeed article last week. Her initial reaction
was "About Time." Apparently the BSA has been poaching
girls for awhile. She forwarded it up the chain and
yup - everyone was aware. Then the story made the local
paper and there was an all-hands meeting to go over
talking points.

Hasn't been this much excitement in GSUSA since This

Happy Friday!