Jewish date: 4 Shevaṭ 5770 (Parashath Bo’).
Today’s quasi-holidays: National Popcorn Day, Archery Day, Robert E. Lee’s Birthday, Tin Can Day.
Today’s news and commentary:
- “What's the real story with Newton and the apple? See for yourself”
- “Abortion and breast cancer: The manufactroversy that won’t die”
- “Im-Propaganda: How Effective Are Misinformation Campaigns to Manipulate Public Opinion?”
- “Meet Marv, The Robotic Vibraphone”
Image of “non-Sues” via WikipediaToday’s weird thing is “The Original Fiction Mary Sue Litmus Test”, which can be used to determine if characters are pathologically too perfect or examples of self-insertion. To test this test, I used it to examine Ernie from Sesame Street; he rated, as expected, as a “non-Sue”. Though to be fair, many of the questions asked are really not relevant to Muppets. This test may also be useful in creating deliberately absurd, annoying, or over-the-top characters. Enjoy and share the weirdness.