The Missing Links – March 4, 2011

The Missing Links is just what it sounds like – a collection of links to interesting things I found on the interwebs this week. I hope you enjoy them. This is the sixth in a never-ending series.
Winner! Caught Dead in That is a blog started by Jacob Sager Weinstein, who says, “I’ve always thought your last words should be the greatest thing you ever say, because you’ve had longer to think about them than anything else.” The blog is updated with pictures of the gravestones of people both famous and non. For example, here’s Rodney Dangerfield’s. And I couldn’t resist linking to a Dangerfield routine.
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A Close Second: The Salty Droid follows the James Arthur Ray trial. Learn why you shouldn’t pay sickos like Ray money to kill you. If you really want a sauna (and, trust me, you do because they’re awesome) go get your own.
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Best in Show: The 100 Best Protest Signs from the Wisconsin rallies. Some of these are pretty clever.
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And this week’s Crazypants Award goes to… Spiders! In your car! Mazda is recalling over 20,000 cars because of the Yellow Sac spider, which likes to weave a web that may cause fuel spillage.

FactCheck.org has put together a nice quiz on health care, the federal budget, and bailouts. There are only three questions, but if you get one wrong, the quiz makes sure you learn the correct answer by making you go back and changing it. Pretty neat.
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Em has an interesting take on the state of Wisconsin in terms of the world at large, while Robert de Neufville channels NYC Mayor Bloomberg and explains why we need unions.
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What you thought of as the French language has been nothing but an elaborate hoax. Lies! Lies, I tell you!
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Kill kill kill kill kill the poor! Governor Tom Corbett does his best to make sure that the people who can least afford health care don’t even have the option to health care at all. Why? Cause he’s a dick.
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Corporal Frank Buckles, the last American World War I veteran, has died peacefully at the age of 110. He also “endured 38 months of cruel deprivation as a civilian prisoner during World War II before being freed in a daring military raid.” A life lived.
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This article in Discovery adds new meaning to the term Cat Lady. Apparently, “the relationships between cats and their human owners mirror human bonds.” The research suggests that the relationships that develop between cats and their owners are much stronger than you might think.
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In sadder news, a poor woman and her children fall victim to a racist landlord… and the fucked up laws of Pennsylvania (and probably most of the country – am I right, readers?)
Language:
There is new research out that claims there might be something to the idea that the predictability of words corresponds to their meaning. It doesn’t, but oh well.
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Hip hop has been the soundtrack to the protests in North Africa.

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Author: Joe McVeigh

I'm a linguist who researches email marketing. I also teach at the University of Jyväskylä in Finland. I write about language and linguistics on my blog, ...And Read All Over, and I write about language and marketing on my other blog, Email and Linguistics.

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