Friday Links (birthday bash edition)!

Surprised-Cat-Popped-BalloonIt’s Friday! The final Friday in September, in fact! Don’t forget, September birthdays are extra special, because September babies are superior. It’s a fact. No, really.

Okay, okay, it’s possible I’m not completely objective about this. It is true that this week I ceased to be prime. My age, which last week was a prime number of years, is now a number that is divisible by 2, and also by 3 several times. But enough about that!

Anyway, in honor of this final Friday in the glorious month of September, here is a collection of news and other things that I ran across over the course of the week which struck me as worthy of being shared:

Is it actually ironic? 3 TED-Ed Lessons on irony. Three great videos. I embed the first one below.

A Neo-Nazi Is Running For The Kentucky Senate On The Slogan ‘With Jews We Lose’.

46 Years Later, Owner to Get Stolen Jaguar Back.

Absurd Creature of the Week: The Parasitic Worm That Turns Snails Into Disco Zombies.

Do You Suspect That Right-Wing Trolls Are Psychopaths? You’re Correct (Video).

Hatred and Bigotry: It’s All They Have Left.

Banned Books Week: Why Gay Characters Matter.

New Horizons Spies Pluto’s Tiny Moon Hydra.

Neil Gaiman: ‘Terry Pratchett isn’t jolly. He’s angry’.

Denver Area Students Walk Out Of School In Protest.

Up to half of Earth’s water is older than the sun.

7 Gadgets Rosetta Is Sending To the Surface of the Comet.

The 12 Weirdest Reasons For Banning Science Fiction and Fantasy Books.

John Oliver’s takedown of Miss America boosts donations to women’s scholarships.


A Look Back At Bisexuality Studies And Their Weird, Troubling History.


Pat Robertson: Genocide Commanded By God Totally Different From Genocide Commanded By Allah.

‘The Roosevelts:’ Ken Burns Closets Eleanor, Disappears FDR’s Gay Sex-Entrapment Scandal in the Navy.

Limbaugh’s decision to publicize the personal information of volunteers who encourage his sponsors to drop his show highlights his fears over bleeding sponsors, stations dropping him.

Ignore the typos, also, NSFW: UPDATED: Fleshlight should sponsor the NFL since Proctor and Gamble won’t.

Ig Nobels: British researchers take coveted science humour prize.

New Study Favors Quantum Mind: Quantum coherence in brain protein resembles plant photosynthesis.

Somepony Else’s Friends.

Oh, bi the way….

Feeling lucky.

Situational irony: The opposite of what you think – Christopher Warner:

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Adrian Peterson, Child Abuse, and the NFL:

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The Physics of Space Battles:

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iPhone 6 Plus vs 6 vs 5S vs 5C vs 5 vs 4S vs 4 vs 3Gs vs 3G vs 2G Speed Comparison Test (half the fun of the video is watching all those hands working the phones at once):

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