Friday Links

So much fantastic stuff to share with you this week! Hold on tight, I’ve only got twenty minutes to type it all up.

Here’s a stunning photo of a praying mantis (or some similar-looking insect) with early-morning dew on its compound eyes.

A 3-D, interactive panorama of the Sistine Chapel. Beautiful.

A slow-motion video of an owl swooping in for the kill. The last few seconds, with the claws opening, are especially cool.

Did you know the Gettysburg Address was only ten sentences long? If you’ve never read it before, why not read it now? It isn’t often you can finish one of the great historical texts in a couple of minutes.

Speaking of Abraham Lincoln, check out this glorious bad-hair photo. I love how his expression says, “Take my picture, I don’t give a shit!” (Paraphrasing – naturally.)

The difference between you and me? I make this look *good.*

Also – did you know that Miguel de Cervantes (author of Don Quixote) died on the same day as William Shakespeare – but in a different calendar? Cervantes died on April 23, 1616, in the Gregorian calendar – the one we use today. Shakespeare died on April 23, 1616, in the Julian calendar, used in England at the time. Same date, ten days apart.

ALSO also, for you Trekkies out there, did you know Deanna Troi’s eyes were completely black? How did I not realize this until yesterday?!

WordPressers – we now have country stats for our visitors! There’s a link on the “Site Stats” page for the moment, though apparently it’ll be moving to the main page soon. TIL that I have a reader in Sri Lanka.

Finally, the usual webcomic roundup. SMBC nails it. xkcd nails it twice.

Have a stellar weekend. See you Monday!

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