Wilder theories have been bandied about over the years regarding what caused the Tunguska explosion, including: …
A black hole zipping through Earth. This also does not account for mineral debris the explosion left behind, and there was no subsequent explosion as such a black hole, having tunneled through the Earth, would have shot back out through the surface of the Atlantic.
A Nikola Tesla “death ray.” The man who pioneered radio and modern alternating current electric power (AC) systems was often seen as a mad scientist. One story alleges he test-fired a death ray on the evening of June 30, 1908, and once he found out about the Tunguska event, he dismantled the weapon, deeming it too dangerous to remain in existence.
I’m having a tough time picking which I like better. Tesla is, of course, my first choice, but the idea of a black hole popping out of the Altantic is awesome, too.
“Some far-right sites that subscribe to the Associated Press feed, for example, will use auto-correct to change “Democratic Party” to “Democrat Party.” This, of course, is because they have the temperament of children.”—
“There is nothing that drives a team forward like the fear of public failure, debt, and starvation. Leap off the cliff and start building the airplane on the way down and you might be surprised with what you can pull off.”—Tony Wright, founder and CEO of RescueTime (via WorkHappy) (via teamforty)
“More recently, we’ve seen the variations on “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas,” apparently destined for the Catchphrase Hall of Fame, as my friend Jaime Daneh[e]y pointed out to me. She found a scholarly blog that noted more than 100,000 variations on it. Why that phrase? Because it’s a variation on “My bad,” isn’t it? The demand for clever-sounding ways of excusing bad behavior is as infinite as our capacity for bad behavior.”—Which catchphrases should be “thrown under the bus”? - Ron Rosenbaum (Slate)
But when winter returns, temperatures will drop, carbon dioxide will begin freezing out of the air again, and [Mars] Phoenix will become entombed in dry ice.
Perhaps the last word on the Phoenix Twitter feed will be, “Brrr.”
”—Who Cares If Theres Ice on Mars? Follow-up outrage: WHAT is going to happen to that poor little robot? There’s plans to drive it to better climates, right? There had better be, or the Pixar-watching public could be very upset once that information becomes common knowledge.
“…the lead scientists…described the soil as “friendly.” Even if that doesn’t answer the question of life on Mars, that does bode well for future astronauts to Mars. (A soil of sulfuric acid or bleach would have posed greater challenges.)”—Who Cares If Theres Ice on Mars? (TierneyLab; nytimes) …Wait, how can you say “posed greater challenges” about the possibility of sulfuric acid or bleach soil AND NOT GO INTO DETAIL?! I’d like to know the options that *might* have happened when my space-tourist boots touch down on Martian soil.
“This New Wave Nigel doll that they’ve created is just a complete Devo rip-off, and the red hat is exactly the red hat that I designed, and it’s copyrighted and trademarked. They didn’t ask us anything.”
The irony was not lost on Casale that a band that satirized mass culture was now being embraced by two of the biggest fixtures of the mainstream: McDonald’s and “American Idol.”
“We don’t like McDonald’s, and we don’t like ‘American Idol,’ so we’re doubly offended.”
One of my very favorite music blogs, DoCopenhagen, is still in a writing/linking lull compared to last year, but this muxtape might just make up for it. Kate Nash’s best in a while, standouts from recent albums by Kings of Leon & Radiohead, CocoRosie, Band of Horses and Grinderman! Been listening in a loop since they blogged it.