It’s been another week of craziness on the internet, and as usual, we’re back with 25 of the week’s best links, articles, images, and videos from all over the web. Highlights include everything from the reason why you shouldn’t jump out of your car and dance to Drake to the newest drama out of the Papa John’s pizza chain. Basically, if you’re looking to kill some time, you’re in the right place. This is Link25 (305) – The Papa John Sues Papa John’s Edition.
THAT TIME SOMEONE ACTUALLY ACHIEVED THE ALCHEMISTS’ DREAM OF TURNING A DIFFERENT MATERIAL INTO GOLD
While it’s likely others had tried it before, the first surviving documented attempt of someone trying to turn something to gold in a (relatively) scientific fashion occurred around 300 AD. The proto-scientist in question was a Greco-Egyptian named Zosimos. During his lifetime, it’s thought that he wrote nearly thirty books about alchemy, but most of them have been lost to history. What we do know is that in his work he focused mainly on the use of vapors, specifically sulfur vapors which do cause some (click the image for the full article)
So Silly...Still Funny
Naked man arrested at Planet Fitness tells police he thought gym was 'judgment-free zone'
A Massachusetts man was arrested after police said he stripped down inside a Planet Fitness in Plaistow, New Hampshire.
Police said Eric Stagno, 34, of Haverhill, Massachusetts, walked into the gym and removed his clothing. He walked back and forth a couple times before settling in on the yoga mats.
When officers arrived, they found him completely nude in a “yoga-type position.”
Stagno was arrested without incident and was charged (click the image for the full story)
The brain may clean out Alzheimer’s plaques during sleep
Neuroscientist Barbara Bendlin studies the brain as Alzheimer’s disease develops. When she goes home, she tries to leave her work in the lab. But one recent research project has crossed into her personal life: She now takes sleep much more seriously.
Bendlin works at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, home to the Wisconsin Registry for Alzheimer’s Prevention, a study of more than 1,500 people who were ages 40 to 65 when they signed up. Members of the registry did not have symptoms of dementia (click the image for the full story)
The Key to Avoiding Weight Gain as You Get Older Probably Isn't What You Think
Like a favourite car that’s starting to show its age, many of us begin to put on weight as we get older.
“She’s not what she used to be!” I heard a friend say the other day as he lovingly slapped his belly in the way one gives the hood of their old clunker an affectionate tap.
Many people blame a sluggish metabolism for the weight gain. But as it turns out, our metabolism isn’t the real culprit when it comes to the weight (click the image for the full story)
When you see it...
Pesky Little Buggers
If only we were that cool...
Giant Hogweed, The Plant That Causes Burns And Permanent Blindness, Is Spreading In The US
Giant hogweed, or Heracleum mantegazzianum, is a large, flowering, perennial plant. It’s native to the Caucasus Mountain region in Asia and was introduced to the US in the early 1900s as a garden plant, according to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC).
It is an invasive species that is known to grow in New York, Vermont, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Michigan, Oregon, and Washington. Giant hogweed is listed as a noxious weed by the federal government, which means it’s illegal (click the image for the full story)
"Blood moon" eclipse, Mars pairing up for astronomical spectacle
The longest “in this century will coincide with ‘ closest approach to Earth in 15 years to offer skygazers a thrilling astronomical double bill on Friday, astronomers say. For about half the world, the moon will be partly or fully in Earth’s shadow from 1:14 p.m. to 7:28 p.m. ET — six hours and 14 minutes in all.
The period of complete eclipse — known as “totality,” when the moon appears darkest — will last from 3:30 p.m. to 5:13 p.m. ET. “Totality will last for 103 minutes, making it the longest eclipse (click the image f
The Future is Now
Papa John sues Papa John's
In a lawsuit filed in Delaware Chancery Court on Thursday, Schnatter’s lawyers say he is seeking to inspect company documents “because of the unexplained and heavy-handed way in which the company has treated him since the publication of a story that falsely accused him of using a racial slur.”
Papa John’s denied Schnatter’s claims in a statement. The company said it was “saddened and disappointed” by the lawsuit, which it called “needless and (click the image for the full story)
Clever AND Cute...Just like doggies