Photo of the day

From the Telegraph’s Animal Photos of the Week.  Love this.

Conan the giraffe photobombs couple in USA
Already known for his silly behaviour, Conan the giraffe is a regular culprit for photo bombing at Six Flags Adventure Land, New Jersey, USA. Deirdre Mead and Jonathan Itskov were at Six Flags celebrating Deirdre’s birthday but had no idea they would get the picture of a lifetime as a special birthday treat.Picture: Caters


Quick hits

1) Really enjoyed this excerpt from Nate Jackson’s NFL memoir on trying to keep his career alive with HGH.

2) The Constitution Day Quiz on the Constitution.  Yes, I got them all correct.

3) Turns out that when it comes to DNA, most of us are chimeras.  Bizarre and fascinating.

4) Fascinating piece on female genital hair grooming and what it has to say about feminism.  Alas, just didn’t think I could bring this one up in my Gender & Politics class.

5) It is time for scientists to become activists against GMO fear-mongering?  Yes.

6) Satire/parody of half-time speech from a coach to his U8 girls soccer team.  Had me laughing out loud.

7) Expect more recall elections in the future.

8) Why everyone should wear a veil in court.

9) Why men should wear makeup.

10) Republicans show some pretty good comedy chops with animated gifs.

11) Loved this personal essay on the death of a spouse after a long illness.  Really poignant.

12) The tragedies wrought by feminism.

13) Why haven’t humanities PhD programs collapsed?  Damn good question.  No answers in the piece, though some nice speculation.  I’d suggest because the universities still get a great benefit– cheap labor– and too many grad students delusionally think “I’m the one, I’m special, I’ll get that tenure-track job.”

14) Forget hands-free.  You simply might as well be drunk if you talk on a cell phone and drive.

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