In part for obvious reasons, only 28.9% of Americans can remember details about where they were when Kennedy was shot. As far as these nine events go, I can only remember details of where I was when I heard about 9/11 and Challenger. The others I either have no idea or wasn’t old enough to have memories of them.
On the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, documentary filmmaker Ken Burns has put together a project called Learn the Address, where he stores videos of Americans reciting the speech. You can easily submit your own.
I've donated $50 to Heifer International, Cousin's charity choice for reaching 100 Biomes points in our sporadic and ongoing trivia contest. You can donate yourself at the link. I used my donation to share in the cost of providing a Ugandan family with a biogas stove.
Commenter "Cousin" nailed yesterday's trivia. It looks like a waterfall, but it’s actually a rock formation in Mexico called Hierve el Agua. The structure is basically a massive outdoor series of stalactites.
Cousin has hit 100 Biomes points, so I'll donate $50 to the non-republican candidate or non-religious charity of her choice.
The short film “Glas” won the 1959 Oscar for best documentary (short subject). A friend of mine is a glass blower, and it’s done exactly like this still today.
Casey Cep explains how the snooze button is the enemy of both good sleep and productive wakefulness. Here’s a video explaining the science of the snooze button and sleep inertia. The video also explains “fragmented sleep”, which is what I’ve done for most of my life. I’m one of those people who sleeps in hour-and-a-half segments throughout the night, although I function fully all day and never hit that late afternoon slump I hear so much about. I’m not sure I ever hit REM, though.
These maps of Europe trace the origins of some common words. In the west, orange (the fruit) traces its origins to Sanskrit, while in northern Europe it comes from a word meaning “apple of China”. Another interesting factoid about this word is that the color orange comes from the fruit, not the other way around.
Timewaster of the week: The gerrymandering game. How fast can you put these ridiculously gerrymandered congressional districts back together? I finished putting the voting scam jigsaw puzzles together in 8 minutes and 12 seconds. 2 Biomes points to each person who beats my score in their first try.
I posted that 1970 video of the exploding whale early on in this blog’s history, but the guy who made the decision to get rid of a sperm whale that washed up on an Oregon beach by using a half ton of dynamite, has died.