Jewish date: 23 ’Av 5770 (Parashath Re’eh).
Today’s quasi-holidays: Emancipation Day/August Festival (British Virgin Islands), National Watermelon Day, National Night Out.
Worthy cause of the day: “Save BioGems: Take Action: Stop Shell Oil: Send a message urging President Obama to impose a 7-year moratorium on Shell's offshore drilling in the Arctic that will give scientists enough time to best determine how to protect the polar bear's home.”
Today’s news and commentary:
- “Extreme Function: Why Our Brains Respond So Intensely to Exaggerated Characteristics”
- “Fact or Fiction: Can a Squid Fly Out of the Water?”: I had no idea that there was such a thing as flying squid.
- “A Quarter Century after Chernobyl: Radioactive Boar on the Rise in Germany”
Image of the inedible variety via WikipediaToday’s weird thing is the Rubik’s Cubewich, a meat and cheese sandwich in the shape of a Rubik’s Cube. I do not know what possessed anyone to create this, though I myself did once dream of a Rubik’s Cube-shaped kugel. Enjoy and share the weirdness.