Thursday, July 21, 2011

Good Reads and Info

The Secret Race to the Moon. The Soviets denied they even had a moon shot program for decades because if they didn’t get there first, it didn’t happen.

Neil deGrasse Tyson speaks on the future of NASA. No other part of government has the inspirational bang for the buck that the space agency has, but we are currently squandering it.

Zahi Hawass was the Egyptian minister of antiquities until he was recently booted from the position. Americans only know him as an erudite expert on ancient Egypt, while his countrymen considered him a corrupt extension of the Mubarak regime.

A Dino Named Sue: The Most Complete T. Rex Ever Found. Read the story of the tug of-war between several parties who claimed the bones.

Can Harry Potter win an Oscar? The critics love the latest film, so this may be the year the franchise breaks through at the Academy Awards.

Through the ages, the classiest cars always had fancy hood ornaments. Now you only see them on antique cars -or as art objects by themselves.

Hollywood Miscalculations: 5 Famous Actors and the Roles They Turned Down. Despite these miscalculations, none of the five starved to death.

Science Sides with Captain Obvious: Unsurprising Study Results.

To cool you off, read about the 10 Coldest Places on Earth Where People Actually Live. (via Dodgeblogium)

50 Disliked Americanisms. With more discussion here and here.

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