Good evening my squirrel friends, it’s Victor, and this is the newsletter known as Nested. Hope you’re well. Here’s some fun things I’ve read this month and wanted to share.
(Hope the links work this time!)
Wikipedia is the best website
- The Lesbian Kiss Episode (free band name!) is a recurring trope of many 90s TV shows, where there is a single scene of two women kissing each other — typically one straight character, experimenting with a lesbian/bi woman, that’s then never mentioned again for the rest of the series. And it’s excellent for the ratings.
- Baker-Miller pink is a shade of pink that has been allegedly observed to “reduce hostile, violent or aggressive behaviour”.
- Tonibler and Bler are male first names in Kosovo, given to a few babies around 1999 to honour Tony Blair’s credited role in ending the conflict and massacre from Yugoslavia against Kosovar Albanians.
- Switzerland has an Anti-PowerPoint Party founded ahead of the 2011 federal elections, which aims to submit a referendum banning the use of PowerPoint in business presentations.
- A list of churches in the Antarctic (all very pretty)
- And its counterpart: an article about crime in Antarctica. (Includes arson at one of the aforementioned churches).
- Dixie Longate is a drag queen who was dared by a friend to try to sell Tupperware boxes in drag, which led her to develop a solo act around it and led her to accidentally become the top sales representative of Tupperware in North America.
- Also casually listed as a dancer in the Titanic movie.
- Most Wikipedian name: Disambiguation (disambiguation)
- Bialbero di Casorzo are two trees in Italy, notable for being epiphyte: it is a cherry tree happily growing on top of a mulberry tree. Some more pictures here, which also tell us that this likely happened through the sheer coincidence of a bird dropping a cherry seed on the right intersection of branches at the right time of growth, and the second developed roots through the first one’s hollow trunk. Epiphyte plants are pretty common (think moss and orchids), but two trees managing to grow this big are very rare: a park in Croatia has the only other known instance of a double-decker tree in Europe.
- Shoe sizes in the UK are measured in barleycorns.
- Japan holds an Original Kanji Contest every year, and last year’s winner obviously reflected social distancing.
- Last month I said that we didn’t know why and how wombats have cube-shaped poo, but right after I posted it, a new paper got us an answer. (It happens in the intestines, and likely because it prevents poop from rolling away on slopes, so they can leave smell markers that don’t move.)
- Scientists have developed transparent wood that’s stronger, lighter and could be cheaper to produce than glass.
- The Miyawaki Method could be a better way to re-plant forests.
- It’s possible to mine Bitcoin with pencil and paper (at 0.67 hashes per day, it may not be economical, but it certainly wouldn’t destroy the planet as much).
- A case against the peeping tom theory of privacy: tracking is wrong, but continuing to describe it as if some people at Facebook/Google/the NSA are looking at every single thing you do personally may be counter-productive.
Everything is depressing
Good to look at
In my ears
Work! Design! Tech!
And that’s all for February.
Enjoy your mistakes,