On May 6, 1844, the world’s first mechanically-frozen ice rink (the Glaciarium) opened. I like the thought of ladies and gentlemen in full dress on the ice for some reason.
- “The Book of Woe”: Psychiatry’s last stand – “An account of the making of the new DSM questions whether psychiatry is–or should be–a science.” From Will.
- The Great Gatsby and 7 other hideous movie tie-in book covers – Isn’t it annoying when a book that you like changes over to a movie-themed cover?
- Mitt Romney’s Advice for Recent Female Grads: “Have a Quiver Full of Kids” – Ew. Also, don’t wait too long to have those kids before you’re some wrinkled old prune, amirite ladies? From Heina.
- The Rise of the Tick – Carl Zimmer on the science behind these pests.
- They mocked her “science fantasy.” Then she wrote Empire Strikes Back. – This movie was my favorite of the original trilogy. From Margie.
- How the Children of Birmingham Changed the Civil-Rights Movement – I didn’t even know about this. You must read this article on the Children’s Crusade.
- Richard Dawkins, ‘Islamophobia’ and the atheist movement – From Amy.
- Fred’s Fish – A touching story about Mr. Rogers (aw come on, I’m a softie for this stuff).
BONUS: This is old, but Kristen Wiig’s “Surprise Party” sketch still gave me a good laugh.