Friday, August 12, 2016

A Sulky Weekly Link Round-Up

We're still busy cleaning up after last week's flood. It doesn't help that a series of storms is barging their way through. I know how badly this rain is needed, but I can't help sulking over the loss of my favorite place to read. So... without further ado, here are the links I've been saving for you. Enjoy!

►Books, Movies & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
  • You are what you read
  • HarperCollins will be publishing a new novel by Michael Crichton
  • What The Last Samurai reveals about American literary culture. 
  • Scientists have found a new type of antibiotics hiding in the human nose. 
  • The immense popularity of cozy mysteries.
  • This made me smile: Researchers are saying that men may be able to avoid dementia by marrying intelligent women. (When I showed Denis the article, he said, "I did!")
  • Did Scots introduce Americans to fried chicken
  • The hidden adult themes in Beatrix Potter.
  • Read books, live longer? 
  • The hidden animals you see in this image say a lot about your personality. 
  • It's the publishers' dilemma: should they judge a book by its data or trust the editor's gut?

►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
  • Researchers have discovered "friend books"-- the Facebook of the sixteenth century. 
  • Sand Creek is the story of individuals...soldiers, warriors, victims, heroes, and criminals.
  • Sharks, secrets, and the sinking of the USS Indianapolis
  • Found: A 3,000-year-old ball of yarn
  • 1.7 million-year-old foot bone offers the earliest evidence of malignant cancer. 
  • Legends say China began in a great flood. Scientists just found evidence that the flood was real.
  • Scientists just solved a 100-year-old art mystery with a particle accelerator. 
  • Did Rembrandt use mirrors and optical tricks to create his paintings? 
  • A priceless Roman mosaic is on show in St. Albans, England. 
  • A skeleton which could be 1,000 years old has been found on the grounds of Hillsborough Castle. 
  • Archaeologists have discovered a sixth-century royal palace that is linked to King Arthur

►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
  • An acoustic buoy just detected one of the planet's biggest animals in New York's waters. 
  • A huge, once-hated fish is now seen as a weapon against the Asian carp. (Everything was put on this planet for a reason. We're all in this together!) 
  • If you don't want someone else playing with your toys, you need to bring them inside.... 
  • Just wait till you see what makes the killer whale known as J2 Granny so special!

►The Happy Wanderer◄
  • Tour the London of yore with a gigantic new photo map. 
  • I'll bet you've heard of the Bermuda Triangle, but have you heard of the Lake Michigan Triangle
  • On the road with Stephen King.
  • Vulcan Point: an island in the middle of a lake, in the middle of a volcano, in the middle of a bigger lake, in the middle of a bigger island, in an archipelago, in the Pacific Ocean. 

►Fascinating Folk◄
  • Sarah Winnemucca, the first Indian woman to write a book highlighting the plight of the Indian people.
  • James Alan McPherson, the first black writer to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, has died at the age of seventy-two.
  • Did you know that Beatrix Potter was a mycologist? 
  • David Bald Eagle, Lakota chief, musician, cowboy, and actor, has died at the age of 97. What a fascinating life! 
  • Have you ever heard of The Matilda Effect?
  • You can hold Abigail Goldman's crime scenes in the palm of your hand. 
  • A scientist for the Smithsonian, Robert Kennicott's death was a mystery. 150 years later, his skeleton helped solve it.

►I ♥ Lists & Quizzes◄

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 great weekend, and read something fabulous!


  1. Sorry to hear you're still on mop-up detail, Cathy. I know what you mean about the drudgery, even if the rain is important. Thanks for the links. I think I'm going to follow that ball of yarn... Oh, and I was reading up the other day about that flood and China. Interesting how this new evidence hints at the legend.

    1. Actually I am sulky no more. The pool is clean and I'm back in! Yippee!

  2. A new novel by Michael Crighton on the fossil wars in the American West in the 1800s? Sign me up :)

  3. Glad to hear you're in your pool again, reading. I'd assume the bird residents are happy, too, with their waterfall and bird baths and fountains.

    A lot of these links are quite interesting. For instance, why book lovers live longer than non-readers. I'm thinking since readers tend to have higher incomes that they probably have health insurance and have health problems checked out quickly and more thoroughly.
    Also, higher income may mean they eat better, are more aware of healthier diets and also have the economic means to eat better. And probably are fewer smokers.

    After all, reading is the healthiest stress reliever, rather than smoking or substance abuse. And reading does relieve stress, so perhaps it helps with lowering blood pressure.

    I just realized I have a lot more links to read, just saw several ones of interest. Thanks for doing this.

    1. You're welcome, Kathy. I'm glad you enjoy them.


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