Weather could ground Macy’s parade balloons — How many days a year does a Macy’s balloon wrangler work, anyway?
Black hole with unexpectedly ‘elegant manners’ baffles astronomers — The discovery impacts the long search for evasive intermediate-mass black holes.
Elusive Higgs decay channel spotted; particle looks ever more standard — A pair of taus, just as the Standard Model ordered.
Fibonacci in Budapest —
Benford's Law And The Art of Succeeding in Multiple Choice Tests — In physics multiple choice papers, the correct answers should follow Benford’s law while the other options should not. So can an enterprising student use this to beat the test? (Via David Goldman.)
Parents plead to be able to help terminally ill children die — Sigh.
Gynecologists May Treat Men Board Says In Switch — Huh. Sanity. (Thanks to
Yeah, Alec Baldwin Really Is a Bigot — "Bigot" isn't a "global" judgement of someone's character. It's a description of how they choose to act. Ta-Nehisi Coates is wise.
Their Old Kentucky Home: Ken Ham, Al Mohler and Big Bone Lick — He just keeps repeating his insistence that you’re in jeopardy of Hell if you don’t reject reality in favor of demonstrably false ideas. Welcome to conservative America.
Gun Goes Off at SEPTA Station, Shrapnel Hits Rider Heading to 'Hunger Games' — The man, who has yet to be identified, told police he got home and saw himself on the news and then called 911. He says he didn't know his gun had fired. Yep. Guns definitely make us all safer. Only pinko liberals who value human life and public safety could possibly object to such responsible gun ownership, and we all know what those concerns are worth in conservative America — even less than our nation’s irrelevant-to-gun-owners 30,000 deaths a year, to choose an example at random.
John F. Kennedy’s Thanksgiving Ideals, 1962– How different they are from Ours — Well, for one thing, Kennedy wasn’t a Republican. Unlike the contemporary GOP, proudly counterfactual small mindedness and a smug, mean spirit weren’t his stock in trade.
?otD: Was anything said as he stared at his shoe?
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 7.5 hours (solid)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Number of FEMA troops on my block closing down donut shops: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)