Well, it’s Saturday, and that means it is time to clean out the links for the ones that didn’t coalesce into a tasty theme. Yup. News Chum Stew. It’s what’s for lunch!
- Getting Bugged. Last week, when I went out to the compost bin, each bin had about 20 of these large irisdescent green beetles. I had no idea what they were until a post by Steve Hymon on the Metro blog. I now have my answer: A figeater beetle!
- Seeing It All. Here’s an interesting article about people who, after cataract surgery, are able to see in the ultraviolet range. Evidently, our lenses normally filter out UV… but some people have the cones and rods that permit seeing it. Cool.
- I No Computers. Here are 12 silly things people believe about computers. I’m sure you have friends… or parents… that believe these. Hopefully, you don’t. I’m sure you don’t. You’re too smart to believe any of these. Right?
- Finding Lost Metal. Here’s an interesting article on the folks that use metal detectors on the beaches in Florida. Evidently, you can’t always keep what you find in Florida.
- Dunkin Donuts. Dunkin Donuts is finally coming to Southern California. Well, most of SoCal. Reading through the list of new franchises, I don’t see a single one in the Valley. Don’t they think we eat donuts out here?
- Lost Luggage. This Mental Floss article raises a question I’ve had for a while: What happens to the luggage and personal items after a plane crash? Alas, it doesn’t really answer the question. If they can recover it, do they return it?
- Appropos Reading. Here’s an interesting one. Edward Snowden is trapped in the Moscow airport. His lawyer brings him stuff to tide him over and prepare him for asylum in Russia. What does he bring him? Crime and Punishment by Dostoyevsky. The LA Times thinks the lawyer might have been trying to send Snowden a hidden message about what his life might become.