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Linkszomania for November 17, 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. Do you know how much actual football takes place in an NFL game? Remove commercials, timeouts, and the clock-burning time leading up to the next snap and how much of that 3+ hour experience ACTUALLY contains football? The answer is about 11 minutes. Eleven! More time is dedicated to replays than actual action. Might want to re-evaluate the whole “baseball is boring, football is where it’s at!” approach.
  2. I wish this wasn’t true but it is: apparently, hand sanitizer only “lasts” two minutes. You basically need to reapply it each time a new song comes on the radio. That’s a bummer, huh?
  3. If you’ve been on the Internet in the last year or two, you’ve undoubtedly stumbled across a photo essay claiming that, when left out on the counter, a fast food hamburger will not decompose over the span of a month or a year or several years (a condition that is reportedly attributable to the incredible levels of preservatives in the foodstuffs). Well guess what — don’t believe the McHype.
  4. Need another tool in your weight loss arsenal? Make sure you’re sleeping enough. It can REALLY help.
  5. How long does it take to fall in love? Research says about a fifth of a second. I think it actually took me even less time than that, when I first saw Natalie Portman in ‘Mars Attacks!’, at age 10. But whatever, fifth of a second is probably the human norm.
  6. The most illuminating part of LIFE Magazine’s 1942 maps of the potential Nazi invasion of America isn’t that the Third Reich was looking to kick down the door in Norfolk, Virginia. No, it’s that this story wasn’t on the cover  and didn’t appear until page 15 inside the magazine; a Ginger Rogers cover and advertisements for Bell Telephone, Goodrich, and Colgate (among others) were apparently far more important.
  7. Speaking of Nazis, would you believe that mathematicians helped decide World War II? Because they did! Hooray for nerds! Unfortunately, none of my nerdy traits would turn the tide of a far-reaching military conflict. Well, unless it was a fictional far-reaching military conflict that took place in space — I’m very well-versed, there.
  8. While the process by which we learned this is dreadful, it is nice to know that cats not only can catch their own food out in the wild but if a kitten is flushed down a toilet, that cat can stick it out. Right on.
  9. I have no idea how to pronounce “Gulpiyuri” but I need to learn soon, as that beach will be the first place I visit the next time I’m in Europe.
  10. Jay Gatsby may not have been included in this list of the 50 Most Hated Characters in Literary History (both Buchanans made it, naturally) but I will declare here and now that he is my personal choice for Most Hated. While the character himself was fine, I will never get over the fact that he wasn’t a magician AS THE BOOK’S TITLE CLEARLY SUGGESTS.
  11. Despite the cheery nature of that yodeler at the end of their television commercials, Yahoo! has certainly had a very bumpy history.
  12. What do potatoes, almonds, and nutmeg have in common? They are all actually poisonous to human beings. Apparently, sassafras is also dangerous but still eminently fun to say.
  13. The best way to tackle a daily to-do list: put all your tasks on a Post-It note. If something doesn’t fit on the Post-It, it won’t fit in your day. Easy peasy.

Have a week!

About

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.

 

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