Jewish date: 15 ’Iyyar 5770 (Parashath ’Emor).
Today’s quasi-holidays: International Dance Day, Duke Ellington Day, Poem in Your Pocket Day.
Worthy causes of the day: “Break Goldman Sachs' Republican filibuster”, “Save BioGems: Take Action: Protect Yellowstone's Wild Buffalo”, “Heart Disease and Stroke. You’re the Cure.”, “Save Funding for Interstitial Cystitis - The Petition Site”, “Take Action: TrueMajority.org: Stand Against Racism”, “Ask Eric Holder to block Arizona's racist law”, “ColorOfChange.org: Stop Racial Profiling: Tell Arizona's Governor that SB 1070 is wrong”, and “Don't let big banks gamble away our money! | Progressive Change Campaign Committee”.
Today’s news and commentary:
- “Underage, Overweight: The Federal Government Needs to Halt the Marketing of Unhealthy Foods to Kids”: Protest all you want about freedom of choice. We have a public health crisis and cannot afford to do nothing.
- “Ancient artifacts revealed as northern ice patches melt”
- “Extinction Countdown: Giant spitting worm not so giant--or prone to spitting--after all?”
- “One Person's Trash Is Another's Technology: Recycling or Donating Discarded Electronic Equipment Help Reduce E-Waste Pollution”
- “Do Chimpanzees Understand Death?”
- “Feathers developed differently in dinosaurs' life cycles than in those of modern birds”
- “Water Ice Found on the Surface of an Asteroid for the First Time: Scientific American”
Image via WikipediaToday’s weird thing is cow tipping. Apparently it is a lot more legend than reality, with it being physically impossible for a single human being to accomplish. Two humans might be able to tip over a rigid cow, but since cows are not rigid, four would actually be necessary. Someone even went to the trouble of creating a diagram with calculations of the physics relevant to tipping over a cow. Enjoy, share the weirdness, and rest assured that your cows are safe.