Chinese Year of The Hot Links


Exhaust system enhancement [found here via here].

If you give bees cocaine, they dance more vigorously and tend to overestimate how much pollen they’ve foraged according to this article. Why anyone needs to know how cocaine affects bee behavior (or why anyone would pay for such a study) is a puzzle.

This is my new favorite song. Oh wait. It’s this one. Oh wait…

I think she likes me.

The missus and I just watched “Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon.” Excellent documentary from 2015. Here’s the trailer. So many flashbacks and clips took me back to my college childhood when nobody could afford a subscription, yet everyone had the latest issue.

Triboluminescence is an optical phenomenon in which light is generated through the breaking of chemical bonds in a material when it is pulled apart, ripped, scratched, crushed, or rubbed.

Man shoots Wintergreen Lifesavers with a pellet gun, creates triboluminescence, records it at 28,000 frames per second [via].

Static electricity fun: Trooch and I did this in college. When the winter humidity is down and even touching a door knob gives you a zap, get a fluorescent tube, turn off the lights. With a buddy holding the other end of the tube, start shuffling feet on the carpet. The tube will flash intermittently, and the stoners will go, “Whoa…. dude…”

TRUE. In 1504, Christopher Columbus thwarted a mutiny and saved himself and the lives of his crew by perpetrating a hoax [via].

This coconut crab commentary amused me.

How to annoy and frustrate students in 10 minutes. Imagine having to sit through an hour of that every day.

2018 is the Chinese Year of the Dog, also the Chinese Year of the Earth Dog and is also the Chinese Year of the Yang Earth Dog. Woof.

[Top image: Some time ago our friends adopted a one-eyed dog from a shelter, named him Popeye, then realized he was a she and renamed her Poppie. She’s now blind and deaf and bumps into things, kind of like a canine Roomba. h/t Alan & Clem]


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