Get excited! It’s Friday, and it’s May the Fourth (Star Wars Day), and with the weekend just a few measly hours away, we’re here to help put you in the right mindset of who-cares-about-work-I’ll-do-it-on-Monday. Over the course of the last seven days we’ve collected 25 of the week’s best links, articles, images, and videos from all over the web. With everything from NASA’s planned mission to Mars to the China-US trade war and everything in between (including why May 4th is Star Wars Day), this is Link25 (294) – May The Fourth Be With You Edition.
Let's start this week's list on this spectacular note...
WHY IS MAY THE 4TH CALLED STAR WARS DAY?
“May the 4th be with you.” What started as pun warmly shared by fans has become a full-fledged Star Wars holiday: Star Wars Day, a special once-a-year celebration of the galaxy far, far away.
One of the earliest known records of “May the 4th” used in popular culture is in 1979, as described here by author Alan Arnold while he was chronicling the making of The Empire Strikes Back for Lucasfilm:
FRIDAY, MAY 4
“Margaret Thatcher has won the election and become Britain’s first woman prime minister. To celebrate their victory her party took a half page of advertising space in the London Evening News. This message, referring to the day (click the image for the full story and other clever info and videos)
Humans were in Philippines 700,000 years ago
About 709,000 years ago, someone butchered a rhinoceros using stone tools on the Philippine island of Luzon. That may not seem remarkable — except that humans weren’t supposed to be in the Philippines so long ago.
Toboggan Roller Coaster? Where do we sign up?
The Cha-Cha Slide taken to the next level
Study Links Parental Support and Career Success of Children
A recent study finds that young people who get financial support from their parents have greater professional success, highlighting one way social inequality is transmitted from one generation to the next.
“The question underlying this work was whether parental support gives adult children an advantage or hinders their development,” says Anna Manzoni, an associate professor of sociology at North Carolina State University and author of a paper on the work.
To address this question, Manzoni looked at data on 7,542 U.S. adults between the ages of 18 and 28. The data was from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, which collected data from study participants over time, allowing researchers to track an individual’s occupational status (click the image for the full story)
Dave Grohl Impersonates Christopher Walken
Did you know that although tin cans were invented in the 1810, the can opener wasn’t invented until 1855? If you’re reading this on an iPad or a Kindle, you may be surprised to learn that e-books have a similar history—they predate e-book readers by more than 30 years.
Michael Hart was a college freshman at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the summer of 1971. He was a lifelong tinkerer, the kind of person who (click the image for the complete story)
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Kilauea: Hawaii emergency declared over volcano eruption
Kilauea volcano has erupted near a residential area on Hawaii’s largest island, prompting a local state of emergency and the mandatory evacuation of 1,700 residents.
Streams of lava have been seen running through woods and bubbling on to roads.
Extreme levels of dangerous sulphur dioxide gas have been detected in the area, the Civil Defense Agency said.
Kilauea is one of the world’s most active volcanoes and the eruption follows a series of recent earthquakes. (Click the image for the full story)
So bad, yet so very funny!
Trade war: China says 'big differences' remain after talks with US
China says it made progress in trade talks with the United States but acknowledged that the two sides remain far apart on some issues.
After two days of talks in Beijing between top officials, the two sides have agreed to continue “close communication,” according to a report by China’s official news agency, Xinhua.
The two governments reached agreements in some areas, including increasing exports from the United States to China, Xinhua said, but it didn’t give any details. (click the image for the full story)
To be fair, the rock WAS looking at him kinda funny
Pure genius or a sign that the end is near? Hopefully there are some solid biometrics involved...
Nasa mission to map Mars interior will launch this weekend
Nasa’s latest mission to another planet is set to blast off on Saturday on a seven month voyage across the frigid depths of space to Mars, with the aim of mapping the planet’s interior for the first time.
The InSight mission aims to drop a lander the size of a garden table on to Elysium Planitia, a broad, flat and largely rockless lava plain on the Martian equator, from where it will become the first robotic probe to survey the centre of the red planet.
The region, which is so featureless it would normally make (click the image for the full story)
Anyone else "incredibly" excited about this? (See what I did there?)