Everything is peaceful and bright here at Casa Kittling, so no words. Just one small sentiment and on to the links!
►Books & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
- J. David Gonzalez's 40 Bookstores in 40 Weeks: Or, How to Get Through a Pandemic.
- The surprisingly radical history of quilting.
- How Bullwinkle taught kids sophisticated political satire. (I loved Bullwinkle!)
- Italians read more during the pandemic.
- This Little Free Library at the South Pole is the first in Antarctica.
- The hacker-as-hero: a modern day crime fiction staple.
- The story behind "First Lady."
- Crime fiction and the power of verisimilitude.
►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
- Ancient Canaanites added arsenic to copper to create counterfeit currency.
- Discovered: a vast network of Amazon villages laid out like constellations. (We're beginning to learn that there's been a lot more going on in the Amazon rainforest than we thought.)
- The mausoleum of Rome's first emperor has been restored and is ready to open.
- Officials seize 27,400 artifacts looted by a single French treasure hunter.
- Researchers reveal a mummy's surprising contents without unwrapping it.
- To protect its rare artifacts, the U.K. proposes a revised definition of "treasure."
- Snail shells date England's Cerne Abbas Giant to medieval, not prehistoric, era.
- An analysis of Pompeii's garbage suggests the ancient Romans recycled, too.
►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
- Why Monarch butterflies aren't getting endangered species status.
- Meet the real animals behind mermaids, dragons, and other mythical creatures.
- Kangaroos communicate with humans like dogs in experiments.
- Wasabi, a gentle tortoise clad in a colorful dresses, provides comfort to others as a certified therapy animal.
- These non-lethal methods encouraged by science can keep wolves from killing livestock.
- Earth's harshest ecosystems may birth new species fastest.
- Watch a wandering stray cat bring an Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra performance to a standstill.
- Researchers reveal why Seattle salmon bite the dust after rainstorms.
- Cheetahs are so shy that zoos give them their own emotional "support dogs."
►The Last of the Holiday Cheer◄
- Cape Town: South Africa's new hub of urban cool... and crime fiction.
- Hawaii reboots Depression-Era Conservation Corps using pandemic assistance funds. Great idea!
- Sad to read this: The abandoned town of Cairo, Illinois. If you're from that neck of the woods, you know that Cairo is pronounced KAY-roe, not KYE-roe... and standing and looking out over the area where the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers meet is awe-inspiring.
- A landmark that could be seen for miles is gone: Blasts bring down the Navajo Generating Station towers in northern Arizona. (Of course, they closed something down with no ounce of concern for all the suddenly unemployed in a powerty-stricken area. Seems to me, it could be a wonderful location for a huge solar plant...)
- The Bookworm Cabin in Poland was custom-designed for reading.
►I ♥ Lists & Quizzes◄
- The best historical fiction of 2020.
- The New York Public Library's top checkouts of 2020.
- The best international crime novels of 2020.
- How many of the greatest crime books of all-time have you read?
- The Sydney Morning Herald gives us the books authors loved to read in a year of living precariously.
- Five mysteries set between the world wars.
- The top ten books about comedy, from Eric and Ernie to Lee and Herring.
- Merriam-Webster's Name That Food quiz.
- New terms for the modern book lover.
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.
Stay safe! Stay healthy! And don't forget to curl up with a good book!