The Florida Keys from space, via Commander Hadfield. If you are not following his Twitter, you are seriously missing out.
• Daniel Defoe’s writing: precursor to new media?
• I am all for eco-friendly alternatives, especially when they consist of using tiny sheep as “eco-grazers,” as Paris is doing.
• Somehow I missed that people eat rhino horns, but South African wildlife managers are lacing them with poison so that people who consume them will become ill. They hope it will stop poachers.
• Climate change in the arctic is leading to some crazy animal hybrids: brolar bears (brown bears and polar bears), narlugas (narwhals and belugas), and others.
• Baseball stadium food, now more revolting: at the Pirates game, you can order a bacon-cheddar burger with glazed sprinkled donuts for buns. At the minor league West Michigan Whitecaps game, you can order something called The Baco, which is, and I am not making this up, a taco that uses bacon as the shell.
• One of Hitler’s 15 food tasters is 95 years old and lives in Berlin.
• The world of literary biographers is messy.
• Here’s a fascinating etymology of the word “rabbit.”
“Rabbit” used to be the baby name for the animal, which was actually “coney,” pronounced “cunny.” Originally, “rabbit” was the baby name for the animal, like “lamb” is for sheep or “calf” is for cow. The real deal was the “coney” (hence the name of the Brooklyn boardwalk, which was once an island chock full of wild rabbits), which hopped to English all the way from the Latin cuniculus, which meant the same thing.