Reading List for May 26, 2017

Remembering Roger Moore Mark Sarvas goes over the finer points of why Roger Moore is the most underrated (and, imo, the best) Bond.

If ET Calls, Think Twice About Answering Nautilus covers an ongoing debate in the SETI community about the potential rewards and dangers of actively trying to contact non earth-originating intelligent life.

Is a Pregnant Goldfish Called a Twit? In a 2002 post on The Straight Dope, Cecil Adams and company chase down the etymology of a fake term.

Collyer Brothers The Wikipedia entry for a heartbreaking brotherhood.

Two Sisters, One House and a Mystery A Boston Globe story about a pair of sisters who shunned the outside world and the bizarre steps that lead to it. (Inspired reading the above Wikipedia entry about the Collyer Brothers.)

It’s Not What You Think Rich Larson blogs about the suicide of grunge’s Chris Cornell at age 52.

A Thousand Pounds of Dynamite In The Atavist, Adam Higganbotham lays out the treatment for what will eventually be made into an interesting movie about a real-life bomb plot to hold a casino hostage in Nevada in 1980.

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The Acid Bath Murders In Forensics Magazine, Dolly Stolze recounts a series of British murders in the 1940s that became known for the killers’ preferred method of corpse disposal.

Can a Burgeoning Satanic Movement Effect Social Change? In a 2016 article, the New Republic ends up answering that question with “probably not” 😦

The Illegal Trade in Wild-Animal Meat Could Cause the Next Global Pandemic Something new to worry about. Akshat Rathi writes about the black market for bush meat from Central and West Africa into Europe, the UK and the US and how each shipment tests the probability of sparking a massive global outbreak.

To Be Happier, Focus on What’s In Your Control Philosopher Massimo Pigliucci briefly covers the basis of stocism, the paradigm rooted in ancient Greece that espouses finding tranquility in giving up a desire to control that which you cannot.

Masons, Morphine, Coca-Cola and Cocaine: John Pemberton and His French Wine Cola On DisInfo, Phillip Newman writes about the drug-fueled origin of Coca-Cola

 

 

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