Five Good Things for 10/16/2015

Five things I encountered today that were interesting, educational, beautiful, edifying or that I otherwise found to be…well, good. None of these are promotions and I do not receive any benefit from sharing them. I just like them.

dn28191-1_8001) The only fact-based story I’ve seen reporting the strange readings from distant star KIC 8462852. I know for those of you hoping this was a sign of extraterrestrial intelligence based on some of the more sensational news stories might not find this very good news, but think of it this way: we’ve expanded our knowledge of the wonders the universe holds and we don’t have to worry about a fleet of alien world-ships coming to enslave us in 1,500 years.

download2) 103 year-old Mary Cotter celebrated her birthday today by dressing up as Wonder Woman and serving drinks at her local senior center, where she volunteers. I bet she could teach Diana a thing or two!

3) To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, 14 minutes of Terry Gilliam’s brilliant animation work that didn’t make the final film cut has been released. Snail dude!

4) The New Yorker has a great, in-depth profile of Gloria Steinem, who is not only a feminist icon but still surprisingly relevant after all these years. I learned that she’s had a really interesting life… and that there used to be these things called progressive Republicans. Weird.

5) The Nikon Small World microphotography contest winners have captured some truly wondrous images, from the eye of a honeybee to tiny liquid crystals. It’s a crazy beautiful world, whether it’s huge comets on the outskirts of the galaxy to tiny textures in your own skin. Happy Friday, everyone!

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