Link roundup for 30 May 2009
Everybody goofs off at work, but this was unwise (NSFW).
If you've ever dreamed of a vacation excursion to the dreariest country in the world, they're now taking applications.
Speaking of dreary utopian visions, you can get in on the ground floor (not the basement, it'll be flooded) of the nuttiest escapism idea since space colonies.
See photos of a rare natural phenomenon -- snow rollers (found via Exit Zero).
Your daughter stopped believing in God? Call the FBI!
Our civilization's roots lie in the Roman Empire, but I'm glad we didn't retain their choice of mouthwash.
Leo Gao and Cara Young ran away (sent by Ranch Chimp). What would you have done?
Some right-wingers have lately been fulminating that closures of Chrysler dealerships supposedly targeted pro-Republican dealers. Here's the reality (well, considering how many of these people think the Earth is 6,000 years old, you can't expect them to be too good with numbers or logic).
Real estate isn't as good an investment as people think, even in boom times (found via Exit Zero).
No parking: in Chicago, another crackpot privatization scheme goes awry (sent by Ranch Chimp).
This might have been appropriate as a Memorial Day posting: how many soldiers were killed or wounded in pointless fighting at the end of World War I after the armistice was signed?
A legislator in Swaziland wants to brand HIV-infected people with a warning logo. If they actually implement this, I predict the idea will be shelved after a few big shots test positive.
Mr. Lai Jiansheng of Guangzhou, China, has a no-nonsense attitude toward public suicide attempts.
A quick-thinking mother saved her home and children from flooding.
This new ranging system can pinpoint objects with nanometer precision (a nanometer is about 1/25,000,000 of an inch) at a range of up to 100 kilometers. That's equivalent to an accuracy of a few miles at interstellar distances.
New research offers hope to understand and combat the collapse of coral reefs.
New stem-cell treatments could be delayed for years in the US by the slowness of bureaucratic approvals. Doctors and patients are fighting to get things moving.