WallmagnetTiffanie Wen looks at why people don’t donate their organs.

The mysterious abandoned island off Queens. Like the author, I’m dumbfounded this place exists. Even after hearing the explanation, I’m dumbfounded.

From honors student to hired hitman, the classic 2012 story from the New Yorker.

I get the idea behind putting apartment blocks on top of state buildings, but who would want to live above a prison?

South Korea takes its university exams very, very seriously.

Evan Jenkins argues that it’s time to abolish the Interstate Highway System.

Judges in Alabama are so intent on keeping the death penalty alive that they’re willing to overrule juries to send white people to Death Row.

Michael Carney thinks we long since ought to have replaced the SSN as our main identifier.

The Washington Post looks at India’s deadly sterilization camps.

The Washington Post released a flawed map of state populations by gender. Randy Olsen fixed it.

Even our test dummies are getting fatter. By design, in this case.

PPACA may have tried to devote itself to helping rural health, but it has apparently hastened the rural hospital apocalypse.

As our work schedules become less predictable, the daycare market adapts.

The odd story of a woman who went and married the father of her child. The odd part is that he was an anonymous sperm donor.

Some men donate sperm to get women they don’t know pregnant the old fashioned way, and some women are looking for it.


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9 Responses to Linkluster Steve Sax ’86

  1. Mike Hunt Ray Rice says:

    What’s so special about Steve Sax?

    AFAIK the last MLB player to hit 332 in a season was Ryan Braun in 2011. He hit .3321 that year while Sax hit .3318 in 86.

    • trumwill says:

      1986 is the baseball year I know backwards and forwards.

      • Mike Hunt Ray Rice says:

        It’s funny that you say that. 1986 is probably the year that I know best as well. It was an exciting time to be a New York sports fan. The Giants, Jets, and the Mets all made the playoffs. The Giants and Mets both won their respective terminal championships, and they did so while compiling the best record in their respective sports. The Yankees were no slouches either, winning 90 games and finishing 2nd. This would have been more than enough to get a wild card in the modern 10-team playoff.

        In fact, looking back at the 1986 standings, and using the modern 10-team playoff, these would have been the playoff teams…

        NL
        East: New York
        Central: Cincinnati
        West: San Francisco
        Wildcards: Philadelphia and St Louis

        AL
        East: Boston
        Central: Detroit
        West: Houston
        Wildcards: California and New York

        However, 90 wins isn’t a guaranteed lock to make the playoffs even now. In 2002 Boston and Seattle both won 93 games, and would have tied for 5th in the AL, meaning they would have had a one-game playoff to get into the playoffs. Under the rules then, they both missed the playoffs because Oakland and New York won 103 and Anaheim won 99.

        Since I don’t play fantasy football, I am not as good as most of my friends in knowing who plays for what team. I can literally name more starting quarterbacks from 1986 than I can from 2014.

  2. Peter says:

    North Brother Island has a smaller neighbor, the similarity unused South Brother Island. Just a bit further away, over the New Rochelle city line, is the also empty David’s Island.

    • trumwill says:

      Just bizarre to me.

      • If you look at a map, one can see that North and South Brother Islands aren’t that big, and the mainland around them is mostly industrial use along with views of the jail. In other words, nobody would spend that kind of money to have a private island in that area, and it’s too small and out of the way to be of use for anything resembling a private island for residences.

        Davids Island, which Peter refers to, suffers from the fact that the residents that live on the “mainland” don’t want the island to be developed lest they suffer from traffic or destruction of their waterfront views, so it’s being turned into a park.

  3. kirk says:

    Related to the story on birth control in India, the pill didn’t become legal in Japan until 1999.

    http://www.nbcnews.com/id/5726375/ns/health-womens_health/t/japanese-women-shun-birth-control-pill/#.VKty4Gc5C74

    As for abandoned isles, youtube has a nice video on Bannerman Castle.

    [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ccVxLv5hII?feature=player_detailpage&w=640&h=360%5D

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