Here are some unexpectedly beautiful things:
1. Bird flight paths (via FlowingData):
2. Poetic gems buried among the illiterate rubbish that fills youtube comment threads.
3. Bento-box art of a used-car lot (from this post, which contains many more conventionally cute lunch artworks).
Also, here are some more conventionally adorable things:
1. A puppy chasing her leash
2. A giant Swedish ice hedgehog
We got our first reader submission for Check This Out this week, from my brother Rob*: wonderful photos by a Russian woman of her sons with different animals.
In return, here’s Baggywrinkles, a fun series of comics about life on a sail training tall ship, by Lucy Bellwood.
* Fun fact: more than 66% of known BAJTOTW readers are named Rob
Apparently it’s even too cold for the polar bear in Chicago right now.
Dialect quiz in the New Yorker
Also, we were at the T20 cricket game where this catch that has been making the rounds of worldwide sports sites. Understand that in cricket they have to catch the ball bare-headed, and also that the ball is covered in cactus spines and is electrified.
Maybe fish aren’t such boring pets after all…
Mesmerising video and cool science:
If you enjoyed the end-of-chapter questions in The Basic Eight, here’s some more discussion-question-based fiction.
You want to sing Christmas carols with Amy Poehler and Billy Eichner, right?
They should have got this girl to sign Mandela’s memorial service:
Here’s a bikie gang I might be interested in joining.
I sent Jeremy the link to Homelamb nearly two weeks ago, but he has not yet watched it. Maybe if I embed it here, he will see it, or at least one of you fine, imaginary people might appreciate it.
Or, perhaps you would care to read some restaurant reviews from Jimmy Stewart’s character at the end of It’s a Wonderful Life?
Also from The Toast, What the Giving Tree Gives.