Awwww, yeah! It’s time, once again, for the Friday Fun Blog! Each week, we bring you the best links from around the web to hopefully make your Friday go by a bit quicker. As always, we’re brought to you by Dave & Buster’s (we’re not), so let’s get to it!
On to the links!
The brand new trailer for cult classic The X-Files has been released, and it’s a doozy. I’m really excited to see where Scully and Mulder end up and what kind of crazy paranormal adventures they get into this time around. Hopefully I won’t be as afraid of the show as I was when I was 7. Seriously, I still have nightmares about that half-human-half-slug(?) thing that lived in the sewers. Also, my family used to frequently take the Skyline Drive in Virginia on vacations (the scenery is wonderful), and I was always afraid a crazy guy named Duane Barry was going to kidnap me and have aliens abduct me. I was a weird kid. THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE.
Speaking of space-y things, remember the comet that the Rosetta probe landed on? Well, turns out that they found water-ice on it, which isn’t particularly crucial since most comets are made of ice, but what is unusual is that it’s an instance in which it was visible, suggesting that the ice melted when the comet made its closest pass to the Sun, and then redeposited on the surface of the comet.
So, comet rain? At least that’s what I parsed from this article. Listen, I’M NOT AN EXPERT, GET OFF MY BACK.
Some of the more popular Instagram accounts have millions of followers, who all engage with the account, leaving comments, likes, or whatever else on the page. Ideally, notifications are turned off, but in this instance, they decided to leave it on to see what really happens when a popular Instagram account posts a photo. Here’s a video of the chaos, courtesy of Dutch soccer player Demy de Zeeuw. I feel bad for Kim Kardashian.
Scientists found a giant, bus-sized crocodile that lived in the Jurassic Period, and actually survived the Jurassic extinction event by, like, 15 million years. The chances it’s still alive today, lurking under the murky waters of ponds in Tunisia—while slim—is enough for me to never want to go into the water again. A lot of people have a misconception about prehistoric times; we get too caught up in dinosaurs, and forget that they were basically bigger birds and maybe not all that dangerous to humans (the majority of them were plant eaters, after all).
The real danger lies in the oceans, where life began and had to thrive by creating the most vicious, dangerous products of evolution it could; why do you think sharks have survived for so long. The ocean is their world, we’re just swimming in it.
Wikipedia turns 15 today, and the fine folks of Ars Technica have compiled a list of their favorite Wikipedia articles.
My personal favorite is a composite list of all the unusual articles on Wikipedia. That’s a great way to waste the rest of your Friday. Let’s poll the Colocation America writing team for their favorite articles:
Sam: I was debating the use of the slang term “trolling,” it was pretty extensive.
QC: I’ve always been fascinated by things that are way, way, over my head. Check out this article on String Theory if you want to hurt your brain and feel really small at the same time.
Enjoy falling down the Wikipedia rabbit hole! See you next week!