Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Informative Links

The biggest earthquake ever in Japan was also the most scientifically documented. Data shows that the shock deformed the earth’s shape and shifted its axis.

Vanity Fair looks at 4chan. Or, at least that what you think when you see this article, but it’s mainly about Anonymous.

The Salton Sea was once a popular tourist attraction, before it filled with salt and toxic chemicals. Now one woman is working to bring the visitors back with some innovative ideas for saving the sea.

How “Dungeons & Dragons” changed my life. Gen X looks back with nostalgia and appreciation. (via TYWKIWDBI)

Mental_floss author Stacy Conradt managed to find the time to run the Disney Princess half-marathon at Walt Disney World in Florida. The event raised money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and Stacy got a tiara!

The story of the first moving pictures involves horse racing, a “crime of passion” killing, and prize money. Of course, nudie movies came very soon afterward.

Photographer John C.H. Grabill took pictures of the American West between 1887 and 1892. They are now in the public domain, so we can get a glimpse of the frontier days. (via the Presurfer)

From Single Cells, a Vast Kingdom Arose. The short version of how all animals came to be.

Mary Todd Lincoln was a Shopaholic! (and other First Lady facts) It’s a pretty cushy job with perks and few responsibilities, until your eccentricities go into the history books.

Form Constants and the Visual Cortex. Science explains why hallucinations tend to be similar no matter what the cause or the cultural background of the visualizer. (via Metafilter)

Why do we sing the National Anthem at sporting events? Or, at least some of us try to!

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