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Why Is It Dark at Night?

Link Scroll down for today’s pictures & links. Why is it Dark at Night? Or rather, to rephrase the question, Why is Space Dark?. Very cool, often mind-boggling short video. I’m sure you know all the facts, but this is a good show nevertheless. Link Today’s pictures & links: Old Abandoned “Dome” Theater in Beirut, Lebanon Quite impressive blob-like apparition: called Saboune [...]

The Orphaned Joey & Wombat Who Became Best Friends

Anzac the Joey was discovered in the wild without his mother, so the adorable little orphan was brought to the Wild about Wildlife Kilmore Rescue Centre. When the little guy started to get lonely, keepers put him together with Peggy the wombat and now the two are best friends. While their story is undoubtedly cute, [...]

Happy 70th Birthday, Paul Simon!

To celebrate the birthday of one of our finest pop composers, we look behind the scenes of his classic song, “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” It was spring 1969. Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King were gone. Racial tensions were erupting across the country. The war was raging in Vietnam. What was a sensitive singer-songwriter like Paul Simon [...]

The Princess Industrial Complex

Having written about girls’ adolescence, journalist Peggy Orenstein is quite the expert in parenting of young girls. Her attempt in raising her daughter free of the girlie-girl stereotype, however, was nuked when – in what seems like an overnight transition – her 3-year-old daughter became enamored with being a princess. And so began Peggy’s journey in [...]

American Woman Becomes African King

Two years ago, Peggielene Bartels, a US citizen and resident of Maryland, received an early morning phone call. Her uncle, the king of a village in Ghana, had died. Bartels was the next in the line of succession, and so she became king of Otuam: Nana Amuah-Afenyi VI is Bartels’ new title, but she is better [...]