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Friday Finds – The Original BFG

It’s a light week since I was gone and not posting, due to my Grandmother’s funeral.  One post last week:

Other cool stuff:

Gizmodo has links about the original Big F***ing Gun, the Nazi superweapon ‘Gustav’.  Relevant stats:

The Gustav had a bore diameter of 800 mm (just under a yard) and used 3000 pounds, more than a ton, of smokeless powder charge to fire its two primary shell types: a 10,584 lb. high explosive (HE) shell and a 16,540 lb. concrete-piercing shell—roughly the weight of an unladen 71-passenger school bus, travelling at 2700ft/s.

The HE shell would leave a crater 30 ft deep up to 29 miles away, and the concrete-piercing shell could plow through 264 ft of concrete up to 23 miles away.

How to Stream Your Media from Home to Your Phone Anywhere You Go with Plex next up, from Lifehacker.  If I can replace TVersity with this, AND get streaming to my phone, outstanding.

Truck Crash Releases 14 Million Angry Bees, And Honey, On Highway via NPR and numerous other reports.  The fact that bees are valued at approximately $.03 had internet friends on Twitter trying to come up with ways to pay with your bills with bees.  And bee puns.  Lots of bee puns.

Media Sci/Tech

100 Things We Didn't Know Last Year

The BBC News site has a list of 100 things we didn’t know last year. Here are some of my favorites:

5. Cloudy apple juice is healthier than clear, containing almost double the antioxidants which protect against heart disease and cancer.

Hmm, exactly the opposite of urine.

17. Two cups of spearmint tea a day is thought to control excessive hair growth for women.

This will not stop your wife from obsessing over every hair in front of a super-magnified mirror, though.

30. Serving anything more than tea and biscuits at a political meeting is an offence called “treating” and punishable by a year in prison or an unlimited fine, under the the Representation of the People Act 1893.

I knew food in the UK was bad but come on!

32. Anti-Americanism began in Paris in the 18th Century.

Shocking, just shocking.

78. A bdelloid rotifer is a pond-dwelling organism that has survived 80 million years without sex.

You wouldn’t get any action with a name like that, either.

90. Chickens can be diagnosed with depression.

Not mentioned is whether or not Prozac makes them tastier.

96. Bees can detect explosives.

This one’s for you, ScottR.