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A 15th-century leather "spoon case"

From the collections of The British Museum.  Of European origin, perhaps Flemish. ...cups were provided by [the host], and were shared around the table during dining (although it was the guests’ responsibility to bring their own cutlery...Assembled:

Movies are dominated by the colors orange and blue

Several years ago as my wife and I were watching the early seasons of Mad Men, we noticed that the color scheme included a lot of orange (for furniture, walls and other decor).  This week I found an article in Priceonomics that discusses the dominance of orange and blue in movies.

Norwegian fjords are being invaded by "monster jellyfish"

YouTube link. As reported in The Local (Norwegian news in English): The innermost arm of the Trondheimsfjord now holds an estimated 40,000 tonnes of the helmet jellyfish, only a few years after the fiery red peril first appeared in its waters.

Why you should "keep clear of the yellow line"

YouTube link. A PSA from the 1970s. Via A London Salmagundi.

Lifehack for the winter blizzard season

Found at Meanwhile, in the Sticks.

How the American public views science

As reported in the StarTribune: The American public and U.S. scientists are light-years apart on science issues.

"Escape games" in London

You and three of your friends get locked in a room and have one hour to figure out how to get out. A new concept for me.  To an avid reader of John Dickson Carr mysteries, this sounds like fun.

Chrissie Hynde and The Pretenders, "Live in London"

YouTube link. YouTube link. A few nights ago I watched a rerun of the Pretender's "Live in London" performance in 2010.  These were my favorite two cuts from the show.

Ötzi's tattoos

The existence of the tattoos on an ice age man is not particularly surprising, nor are they artistically interesting - - but their distribution, as reported in an io9 article, is fascinating: On account of the various locations of the tattoos, some researchers suspected that the marks were part of some therapeutic medical treatment, a kind of acupuncture to relieve pain in the joints.The article notes that the tats were created not with a needle, but by making a laceration and then rubbing charcoal into it.

"I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti."

The title is Hannibal Lecter's famous line from Silence of the Lambs.  I learned at the movies subreddit that there is a subtle implication: Lecter could be treated with drugs called monoamine oxidase inhibitors - MAOIs.

The average American moves 11.4 times

The last time the Census Bureau calculated this was in 2007, when it found that a typical American will move 11.7 times in their lives.

A detailed analysis of NFL field-goal kicking

An article at FiveThirtyEight focuses on field-goal kicking accuracy rather than punting and kickoffs, with commentary on how improved FG kicking percentage is affecting fourth-down strategies.

Defining a "manager"

This triptych was the inspiration for the iconic alien "chestburster"

The triptych is "Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion" by Francis Bacon.  (No, not that Francis Bacon).

The Bluetooth logo is formed by Nordic runes

The logo combines "haglaz" (H) and "berkanan" (B), the initials of Harald "Bluetooth" Gormsson, King of Denmark and Norway.

Some "shower thoughts" about language

Anyone notice the irony behind "hyphenated" and "non-hyphenated"? If a word describes itself, it is homological.

Every winter men give the finger to snowblowers

Since 2003, roughly 9,000 Americans have lost a finger (or two, or three) to a snowblower-related injury, according to estimates derived from Consumer Product Safety Commission data.

Young blood reverses some age-related impairments

As reported in the prestigious Nature Medicine: At the cognitive level, systemic administration of young blood plasma into aged mice improved age-related cognitive impairments in both contextual fear conditioning and spatial learning and memory...

Trees dead for 500 years - but not decayed

“We were gathering samples of dead trees to reconstruct summer temperatures in western Norway, when our dendrochronological dating showed the wood to be much older than expected”, says Terje Thun, an associate professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology’s (NTNU) Museum of Natural History and Archaeology...

A blizzard (of links) for you

"Molten gold was poured down his throat."  Modern forensic pathologists reproduce the death of a Spanish governor of colonial Ecuador in 1599.  They suggest that the reports of his bowels bursting may have been the result of steam generated by the procedure.