What I learned this week:
- Utah is the state with the highest percentage of people who speak a foreign language. This is thanks to all the missions that Mormons have to do. Thanks, NPR.
- Tug of War was in the Olympics until 1920. Also, two little German kids were killed in a tragic tug of war accident! Geeeeeeez. Thanks, Wikipedia.
- Cat penises have spines. Ugh. Thanks, roommate. (feel free to Google that one on your own. It’s horrifyingly true).
Links of the week!
- I’m ridiculously excited for the Mad Men premiere on Sunday. It’s been soooooooooo long! Like, longer than one of Betty Draper’s death glares, which is saying something. For those who need a reminder, this graphic explains each character’s many vices.
- And to go along with the Mad Men theme, here are some shockingly sexist ads from the golden years of advertising. Apparently I can’t drive and I looooooove to cook. Thanks 1960’s copywriters for figuring that out for me!
- I don’t know how I missed this list of 75 books women should read from Jezebel. Great recommendations! I’m only a third of the way there, so it’s reading time!
- The Spanish artist Alica Martin constructs sculptures that look like books exploding out of buildings. Love it!
- And then there’s Brock Davis’ cheeky, cheeky art.
- And this amazing, artistic rendering of London. All the maps on that site make me a bit wanderlusty. (via Happiness Is)
- This GQ article about the Japanese earthquake and tsunami made me cry at my desk. It’s a sobering reminder of how most people become heroes just through a lucky twist of fate.
- And to end on a lighter note, I love this amazing beatboxing girl and her ever patient cat!
WEEKEND! WEEKEND! WEEKEND!