Toughest Shot They’ve Taken. (via Digg)
Death Star Thinking and Government Reform. More ideas in the discussion at Metafilter.
The International Tempest Over the World’s Most Famous Teapot. (via Damn Interesting)
The History of Plastic Surgery. (via Strange Company)
Dutch Map of Languages. To answer your questions, "black speech" refers to the Dark Tongue of Mordor in The Lord of the Rings. "Salsa Tequila" is the song you can listen to here. "Our second language" refers to how close Dutch is to English, although some commenters will tell you that Dutch resembles a drunk Englishman trying to speak German.
Cookie Monster Agate. (via reddit)
Star Wars Characters as Classical Japanese Art.
A blast from the past (2015): 10 Things You Should Know About Spanish Moss.