June 8, 2015

Miscellany 15

Touching organ donation advert "The man and the dog' will leave you in tears
The agency behind the John Lewis Christmas advert has created a piece on organ donation that has left people reaching for their dogs in floods of tears

Via The Browser, The Lost Man
Australia’s greatest cold case. A body is found on a beach near Adelaide in 1948 — a man wearing a suit and tie, perhaps a dancer, probably poisoned. He carries a fragment from the Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám. When the rest of the book is found, a cipher is written on the back, with the telephone number of a nurse who, called to identify the body, almost faints. Her son is said to resemble the mystery man. What was she hiding?

Climbing the roots of the Banyan Tree  Yes, you can do it, but only in certain places.

From Stories, Etc. Old Ed and a Bucket of Shrimp.  Great story that I hope is true

Terry Teachout on How the Second World War Made America Literate.  Between 1943 and 1947, the U.S. Army and Navy distributed some 123 million newly printed paperback copies of 1,322 different books to American servicemen around the world.

 Desk Safari Giraffe For some fun at the office, play Desk Safari

Aeon video:  Magnetic movie How would the world look if we could see the magnetic fields around us? ‘Hairy and messy’, says a NASA space scientist

You have to see the gifs at the link to understand why the Incredible Octopus Behavior Nearly Caused Scientist To Drown From Laughing

Why did men stop wearing high heels, anyway?  Only rock stars and cowboys wear heels now.

Posted by Jill Fallon at June 8, 2015 12:35 AM | Permalink