From Denis and me here in Casa Kittling to every single one of you-- Merry Christmas. May each of you celebrate your own special holiday in a way that brings you joy.
►Books, Movies & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
- Harry Potter fans enjoy Christmas dinner at Hogwarts in true wizarding style (and I'm a tad envious).
- Benedict Cumberbatch heads a list of celebrities who are writing letters to Santa Claus.
- Some Saudi men didn't like the fact that a female poet was appearing at a book fair. I love what happened to them.
- These people love to tease us! There's a second trailer for Sherlock: The Abominable Bride.
- Books have increased in length by over 25% in the last 15 years.
- Print sales increased by 6.9% in October. Remember being nervous about the advent of eReaders?
- Your hair mites are so loyal their DNA reflects your ancestry. Now... aren't you glad you just learned that you have those little critters?
- Thousands of Russians are live streaming War and Peace.
- Mexico has launched its first bookstore association.
- Books vs. eBooks: the science behind the best way to read.
- Speaking of being teased (again), here's the first glimpse of Star Trek Beyond.
- Is the National Park Service looking for the next Ansel Adams?
- Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has donated almost 100,000 books to children across the country.
- The 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death is coming up next year. Be prepared for the coming Shakespeare Extravaganza.
- British librarians are suing the government over library closings.
- This graph showing how much politicians lie was very interesting.
►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
- Lately there have been all sorts of reports coming out about Stonehenge. This latest one says that the stones were moved by glaciers, not men.
- It seems like archaeologists in the UK are digging up something new every week. This time they've found all sorts of exciting things under a bus depot in the center of Leicester. The finds range from medieval outhouses to Roman roads... and more. (A line from a song keeps running through my head whenever I read of these things: "They paved paradise and put in a parking lot.")
- The Metropolitan Museum is hoarding some seriously good holiday party dresses.
- Speaking of dresses, I enjoyed this preview/critique of the costumes we'll be seeing on season two of Outlander.
- Unusual "sail-backed" dinosaurs roamed Spain 125 million years ago.
- The latest news on that legendary Nazi gold train isn't very good.
- An ancient sword could prove that Romans discovered America before Columbus did.
►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
- Hilarious winners of the first annual Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards.
- Marianne North, the Victorian gentlewoman who documented 900 plant species.
- Julian of Norwich, the first woman to publish a book in English, lived in one room, walled off from society.
►I ♥ Lists◄
- 14 quotes of wisdom for the holidays from your favorite books.
- 23 stocking stuffers some of you book lovers may have received today.
- 29 jobs from fiction that are more exciting than yours. (They left out my favorite: Thursday Next's job in Jurisfiction in Jasper Fforde's books.) Click on the graphic to enlarge it to readable size.
- 8 incredible homes owned by wealthy authors. My personal favorite? Stephen King's (gate included).
- Quirky laws. Every country has them, including Iceland.
- Harvard linguist Steve Pinker reveals the most misused words in English.
- 18 of the most creative cupcakes you can make at home (unless you're talentless in the kitchen like me). I was pleased to see that in several instances what I thought to be towering piles of icing were in fact not.
That's all for this week! Don't forget to stop by next Friday when I'll be sharing a freshly selected batch of links for your surfing pleasure.
Have a wonderful weekend, and read something fabulous (and new)!