Mad Quickies 8.26
- Japanese Fart Scrolls to start your Monday off right!
- Opera singer grows algae with her breath, feeds it to audience. Because the Fart Scrolls weren’t strange enough.
- The Bible contradicts itself. A beautiful infographic has been made of this fact.
- And a slightly less-infuriating infographic: Shared flavor compounds in foods.
- Over at Brainpickings, Maria Popova has a lovely post about Maria Mitchell, one of my favorite 19th century woman scientists. (There are more of them than you think.) “No woman should say, ‘I am but a woman!’ But a woman! What more can you ask to be?”.
- 1920s Mugshots. So much better than today’s. I love the note on one of them: “This man refused to open his eyes.”
- Dermatographia. Artist Ariana Page Russell skin is hyper-sensitive, so a light scratch will leave a raised welt. She uses this to create intricately beautiful and temporary designs on her own body.
- What made Buffy the Vampire Slayer such an excellent coming-of-age story? Continual change.
- Quetzalcoatlus wants to eat your soul.
You only get one video today. That’s because this is such a nicely done physics explainer.
Bullet Block Experiment
I have that same skin disorder. I used it to cheat on tests, freak out friends, and get my siblings grounded after fights. I sometimes drew stuff on my arms just for fun, but never anything as elaborate as the artist in the link.
That’s a great physics video, although not an explainer. You have to watch the follow-up to get an explanation, unless you can figure it out for yourself.
I’m going to see if I can’t torture my fellow physics teachers with it.