10 Things I Liked Enough to Show You: 28 November – 4 December 2015



Laura Caseley's "800-Year-Old Seeds Have Grown Into A History-Altering Plant" at LittleThings.com:

Now, seven years after making this stunning discovery, students in Winnipeg decided to plant the 800-year-old seeds — and, to everyone's amazement, something grew!


"Stunning 2200-Year-Old Mosaics Discovered in Ancient Greek City" at TwistedSifter:

Three new mosaics were recently discovered in the ancient Greek city of Zeugma, which is located in the present-day province of Gaziantep in southern Turkey. The incredibly well-preserved mosaics date back to 2nd century BC.



Biz Carson's "People's racist Facebook comments are ending up on billboards near their homes" at Yahoo Finance:

Racist commenters beware: Your words might show up in your own backyard.
A new campaign in Brazil is plastering billboards with racist Facebook comments. The point is not to expose anyone but to educate people that their words have a real impact.


Peter Holley's "The Elf on the Shelf is preparing your child to live in a future police state, professor warns" at The Washington Post:

For some, the Elf on the Shelf doll, with its doe-eyed gaze and cherubic face, has become a whimsical holiday tradition…

For others — like, say, digital technology professor Laura Pinto — the Elf on the Shelf is “a capillary form of power that normalizes the voluntary surrender of privacy, teaching young people to blindly accept panoptic surveillance and” [deep breath] “reify hegemonic power.”




Marie Myung-Ok Lee's "'Our protesters came in for abortions': Fear, slut-shaming, Planned Parenthood, and the truth about right-wing religious hypocrisy" at Salon:

Basically, the message is not getting out that likely around 40 percent of American women have had abortions, even though, a very large segment of this population is pretending they didn’t–and are even actively working against that right for others. It’s a little bit like the regularly repeated story (just change the names) of the homophobic congressman or clergy later caught soliciting on Grindr, only these women (and the men who go along with it) are protected by HIPAA.


Chris Wild's "Photos of Veterans of the Napoleonic Wars" at Mashable:

These are the only surviving images of veterans of the Grande Armée and the Guard actually wearing their original uniforms and insignia [possibly in 1858].