Linkszomania for September 8, 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. Did you know that Marvel Comics was originally called ‘Timely Comics' and the company originally owned the rights to the word “zombie”? Well, both of those facts are true. Memorize them and many more maxims of Marvel's masterful mythology here.
  2. Final bill for New York City's Second Avenue subway line: 75 years, $17 billion. Seems a bit steep.
  3. Scientific fact straight out of science-fiction: as of 2010, the Arctic Ocean is now a viable trade route in the summer. This means that voyages between Europe and Asia are now shorter (saving time, fuel, and money) and safer (no pirates in the Arctic… YET). Huzzah!
  4. Last month, a man drove from Canada to Mexico on a single tank of gas. So what was he driving? Some sort of cutting-edge, futuristic, Ford concept hybrid machine? No. It was a car he hand-built in 1984. WHAT.
  5. Consumer Reports recently conducted a study to discover what consumers consider to be the best fast-food burger joints. Unsurprising spoiler alert: McDonald's finished last.
  6. Apparently the minimum amount of money you need to be earning to be happy is $75,000. (That's not adjusted for cost-of-living in a certain city so… that's why a lot of New Yorkers don't seem so happy despite their salary.)
  7. Watching this security camera footage of the interior of a cruise ship as it's being tossed around on the high seas, you're going to think you “get the gist of it” by about the 15-second mark. But you need to keep watching. It's like The Poseidon Adventure!
  8. Need something to do during your lunch break today? I've got it. GQ photographer Gordon Von Steiner traveled all over the world this summer and took pictures of real-world summer girls. There's 100 pictures just waiting for you.
  9. Yes, Fonzie jumped the shark. But Happy Days was still good after that. At least, that's what Fred Fox Jr. (the man who wrote the “Jump the Shark” episode) maintains. Tidbit: nobody objected to the idea when it was conceived — nobody in the writing room or cast. So get off your high horse.
  10. I don't know why you would ever be forced to start a fire using only products from IKEA and/or how the person behind this video actually discovered this extensively intricate method but… if you want to start a fire using only products from IKEA, here you go.
  11. If you start a website with “book” in the title, Facebook is going to sue you. No, seriously. That's all it takes for them, apparently. In response, I say we ALL start websites with “book” in the title and stick it to them.
  12. Parkour can be astonishing on video and would be a prerequisite for anybody hoping to become a real-world vigilante but… those who practice it can very easily get horribly horribly injured. Most people seem to have forgotten that.
  13. Not only did I never take a college course involving robots, toys, and/or explosives but I never even checked to see if they were available! Ah, to be young and witless.

Have a week!

Justin Brown

Justin Brown is an artist and writer living in Virginia. He channels most of his enthusiasm into making things for his online art shop, Artness! by Justin Brown. You can keep up to date with him, his worldly adventures, and his dogs by following him on Instagram and on Facebook