Sunday, December 24, 2006

Sunday Burst of Weirdness

Not all weird stuff, actually, but something of a grab bag of niftiness:

:: From the Beeb comes 100 Things We Didn't Know Last Year. We now know that sex is a fairly dangerous activity for giant squid, that you're significantly more likely to be bitten by a human than by a rat, what the most frequently misspelled word in the English language is, and something about the linguistic capabilities of baboons, among other things. Check it out.

:: I may have missed it on Dr. Myers's blog, but Japanese researchers actually have video of the capture of a giant squid. The deep-water shots of the giant squid being baited that they got a few years back were cool enough, but this is astounding. (Anybody speak Japanese? And do Japanese newscasts really use cheesy music in the middle of their stories like that?)

:: I've probably linked this or something like it before, but if you like your gods old -- I mean, impossibly ancient and cosmic in their powers -- then what are you doing celebrating Christmas, when you can be celebrating the Winter Solstice properly, by honoring Cthulhu, complete with carols for the Old Ones like "I'm Dreaming of a Dead City" and "Do You Fear What I Fear"!

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