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Trump clump #3

(For a background on this type of linkdump, see my introductory paragraphs on Trump clump #1 back in August.  Trump clump #2 was in November.  Here's what I've bookmarked since then.) As of November: "Over the Thanksgiving weekend, the Secret Service reportedly spent $7,470 on golf cart rentals for its agents and the president while at Trump's private Florida club, Mar-a-Lago, according to federal purchase orders reviewed by USA Today.

Divertimento #144

Bet you can't guess what kind of creature this is in the first ten seconds.  (pine trees in foreground the best clue).


Superb example of countershading on a Southern right whale dolphin.  Photo source.

Severed foot in the Garden of Earthly Delights

It has been almost two years since I've been able to add any material to the 29 posts in TYWKIWDBI's category of severed feet.   So, a tip of my blogging cap to Miss Cellania at Neatorama, who found one in Bosch's The Garden of Earthly Delights.

The rivers of Wales

Via the Map Porn subreddit.

Optimal car routes

Not of any practical use, but quite interesting in and of itself. Via the Data Is Beautiful subreddit.

"Water transfer painting"

YouTube link. TMI (14 minutes), so you'll need to skip through the video.  The technique facilitates the transfer of detailed images onto complex surfaces.  Interesting.

Computer-generated waterfall images

YouTube link.

In case you were wondering what an "arm vagina" is

From an op-ed in The Guardian: It’s hard for women to keep track of which specific body part is currently being shamed to death, when it seems to be open season on all of them.

Fifteen children age 17 or under

 And what's truly remarkable is that none of them were multiples - The New York Times story said the father won a prize.  Seems the prize should have been awarded to the mother.

Marble run with magnets

YouTube link. Reposted from 2016 to add this awesome marble run choreographed to music: YouTube link.

I wish Earth had rings

YouTube link.  Stay with the video past the 1 minute mark to see how the rings would look from the surface.

Dramatic ice deposits on Mars

The slope rises as high as London's Big Ben tower. Beneath its ruddy layer of dirt is a sheet of ice 300 feet thick that gives the landscape a blue-black hue...

Pigs vs. dogs as truffle-hunters

"According to the few truffle hunters I’ve talked to, sows are actually better truffle hunters than dogs, but dogs can be more easily trained not to eat the truffle they find.

Introducing the "pelican spider"

As explained by Smithsonian: Formally known as Archaeids, the creatures are perhaps best described by their common name: “pelican spiders.” Each spider in this group boasts an extended, arching carapace and two extra-long mouthparts (called chelicerae), creating the illusion of a “neck” and “beak.” The resemblance to pelicans is uncanny.

Divertimento #143

I let my boyfriend choose a shower curtain and now we have this. A list of the longest plays in NFL history.  In 2016 the longest was 141 yards run by Odell Beckham on a 4-yard punt return.   There is also a list of the fastest ball carriers.  And the longest tackles and fastest sacks.

Order delivery pizza, get a cellphone stand for free

Just cut one leg off the crush protector.  Via the LifeHacks subreddit.

In every household...

From Real Life Adventures.

Mesolithic woodcarving tools? Beaver teeth.

It may be older than the Egyptian pyramids: This ancient example of human creativity was recovered in January 1890 near Kirovgrad but there remains uncertainty over its age, believed to be around 9,500 years old.

"Side effects include euphoria, increased appetite..."

YouTube link.