Monday, October 19, 2009

Good Reads and Information

How hard is it to recreate the world of the 1960s? The propmaster for the TV show Mad Men has a great time doing it. (via Metafilter)

The Opium Museum tells the history of opium use, but since opium paraphernalia was outlawed, is actually about the rare antiques market.

The economic crisis we know today began back in the 1970s. (via Simply Left Behind)

Would you ever consider giving marijuana to your nine-year-old? What if the child was violent, in pain, ate fabric, and had tried every other drug available? Here's the followup. (via Metafilter)

Over 2000 people have seen the same face in recurring dreams. Do you recognize This Man? Oh sure, it's viral marketing, but w don't know for what yet. (via the Presurfer)

What other worlds are most likely to harbor life? We can't yet get the odds on exoplanets, so this list is for our solar system only.

Five of the original Munchkins from The Wizard of Oz are still alive. They were recently reunited to talk about their experiences on the film set. (via Neatorama)

The Worst Job of the 19th Century? Tongue-Pullers, Nipple-Pinchers & Anal Tobacco Blowers Try to Revive the Dead. Well, I guess somebody has to do it. (via Boing Boing)

Fossils of flying reptiles come in two versions: the older long-tailed pterosaurs and the more recent short-tailed versions. The fossil gap between the two was a mystery until 20 skeletons of the new species Darwinopterus were discovered early in 2009 in northeast China.

The Chicago Flood of 1992 was caused by an illegal underground railroad system that everyone forgot about. When the collapse finally came, it took a live radio report from the "drain" before authorities could figure out what happened.

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