shadowgiantGamers, it turns out, are quite sociable.

Pluto and its moon Charon may share an atmosphere.

We’re taking a 3D printer to space. Such a thing might have made Apollo 13 a less suspenseful movie.

How well do you know your fictional world maps?

It’s become fashionable in some circles to predict the death of the NFL. Aaron Gordon looks at the various scenarios proposed and their (un)likelihood.

Nobody seems to want to and/or be able to live there, but Lloyd Alter says Buffalo is da bomb.

Noah Smith says that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is the world’s best leader. Not bad for a guy who was office barely a year the last time around.

You know Japan is worried about their age-demographic spread when they’re actually debating immigration. China has a one-child crisis, though it may not be related to the actual policy since other states without the One-Child policy face similar problems. To be fair, though, a number of them have had anti-fertility policies over the years, even if not as dramatic as One-Child.

Mexico has a vigilante squad of Good Gals With Guns.

As David Fredosso says, there’s something in this for everybody to hate: Banning Sugary Drinks in Food Stamps Could Slash Obesity, Type 2 Diabetes

Gizmodo looks at different sports and calculates how much running is involved.

A 91-year old woman in San Diego ran a 26.2 mile marathon. Which is amazing. She broke a record for her age bracket of 90-and-over, which is even more amazing. Not that she broke the record (good for her on that, of course) but that there is an age bracket with a record.

1944: Iceland, Greenland, and the United States

2009: Pravda sweepingly reports that Greenland was going to become the 51st US state! Still waiting…


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8 Responses to Linkluster Ferengi Rules of Acquisition

  1. Peter says:

    Some of those sports-and-running calculations were a bit surprising. Basketball, most notably. I would’ve thought that players cover much greater distances than they do. Of course, as the article does acknowledge at a couple points, the running in sports is often more like sprinting than jogging.

  2. superdestroyer says:

    Nine out of ten on the fictional maps. It was more a process of eliminating the other titles and choosing what was left.

    • trumwill says:

      You both did a lot better than I did. I got a few, but not many. I stopped taking the quiz when I realized that I was going to get as many by guessing than actual familiarity.

      • superdestroyer says:

        The trick in a multiple choice test is that I was familiar enough with a lot of the other choices that I could eliminate them. That gave me a good chance of a correct answer. If the test was fill in the blank, I could have probably gotten about 3.

        The test designer should have included the Earthsea map since that is a series of books where sailing around a large set of islands is very important.

        • trumwill says:

          I could eliminate some options, but I figured at some point while taking the test that I was really just guessing.

        • trumwill says:

          I was thinking that I might be able to score some more right answers by process-of-elimination. But on a “test” like this, it seems to me that not knowing it is not knowing it.

  3. kirk says:

    The only fictional map I recognized was the one from LOTR.

    I find it interesting, how many real mountains sound like they come from Rings. Tirich Mir, Nanga Parbat, and Sagarmatha are real. Ered Mithrin, Erebor, and Minas Tirith are not. I’m guessing Tolkien looked at real maps before he made up his mountain names.

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