Monday, August 22, 2011

Good Reads and Interesting Links

Disney pulled the plug on the $250 million film version of The Lone Ranger. The reasons have to do with cash, werewolves, Aliens, and Tonto. (NSFW text)

A man in Louisiana died from rabies caught from a vampire bat bite last year, the first ever for the USA. Climate change means we could see more such cases in the future.

The Stories Behind 5 Famous Exhumations. It’s a drastic solution for unanswered questions, and not to be undertaken lightly.

The Body on Somerton Beach. An unsolved 1948 death in Australia only grows more mysterious as the years go by -but there are clues. (via Metafilter)

Cracked took years of scientific studies on human happiness and put them together in one narrative explanation. Even though you may have kept up with the research, they titled it 5 Scientific Reasons Your Idea of Happiness Is Wrong. NSFW text. (via Neatorama)

Russia’s $165,000 per night space hotel. The proposed Commercial Space Station (CSS) will accommodate seven people at a time, but the transportation to it will cost extra. A lot extra.

How the Bicycle Emancipated Women. You’d want to take off any way you could, if you had to live the life of a Victorian lady.

The Agony and the Ecstasy: The Quiet Mission to Fight PTSD With Psychedelic Drugs. Let’s just hope they find something that works. (via Boing Boing)

“Swarmanoid” is a herd of 60 robots with different specialties that communicate with each other and work as a team. I, for one, welcome our new swarmanoid overlords.

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Check out a gallery of the Most Famous Faked Photos. The first one is a bit gory, but hey …it’s FAKE!

The Fear of Fear Itself (and Other Esoteric Phobias). Everyone’s afraid of something, it may as well be something hard to comprehend.

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