Linkszomania for August 11, 2010

Every Wednesday, I’m going to take you on a whirlwind adventure of 13 links chronicling the news throughout the geek world I inhabit. Whether it’s movies, music, art, politics, gadgets, science, sports, grammar, or superheroes… nothing’s out of bounds and everything’s interesting.

Let it begin…

  1. Everyone laughed when she took those “toe calisthenics” classes until it helped catch a criminal. (It should be pointed out that no such classes exist and therefore, this woman didn’t really take any classes aimed to increase the dexterity and strength of one’s toes – she just knows how to get out of a real jam. Also: they didn’t catch the criminal yet so… make sure you take off your socks before any robbery from now on.)
  2. Even as a devoted fan of the entire saga, I’m a little confused as to how Kashyyyk is not only the coolest Star Wars planet but the coolest planet in all of science-fiction, according to GeekoSystem. Maybe it’s me but I would much rather go to a place like Coruscant or Cloud City.
  3. Did you know Pablo Picasso once did a painting that measured 34 feet by 38 feet? Well, he did. And it’s now on display in England.
  4. Cue up Peter Gabriel because I cannot stop staring at these super-closeups of human eyeballs.
  5. A study by the University of Rochester suggests that women are more attracted to men who wear red. Great. I will raise a complaint though (and obviously my experiment was not terribly scientific): I wore a three-piece red suit to my Senior Prom and nobody could have cared less. Rebuttal, Rochester?
  6. I’m just going to give you the headline of this story that is completely true: Radioactive Wild Boars Increase in Number. Click it. Seriously.
  7. Mark Cuban’s pursuit of the Texas Rangers came out of nowhere and disappeared just as quickly. So what happened, there? It’s actually a long story and Mr. Cuban himself is probably the best source.
  8. Another month, another giant squid. I like being alive in the 21st century, where we can confirm the existence of these real-world monsters.
  9. As it turns out, high fructose corn syrup does NOT cause pancreatic cancer. Good to know.
  10. Years from now, when Tom Cruise is running around talking about PreCrime, we’ll look back at this story and wonder why nobody intervened.
  11. It seemed like Shark Week wasn’t quite as big of a deal, this year. Maybe everyone just read this infographic instead?
  12. So, you’ve chosen to wear a sweater vest. Well done. But beware, as there are many rules you must follow.
  13. The results are in: money doesn’t buy happiness. Thanks, Recession! We really misjudged you.

Have a week!

Justin Brown is a writer and artist living in Virginia. He channels most of his mind's molten river of creativity into his blog Esteban Was Eaten!. For even more information about him, check out his website.