Mark Twain, Exploding Cows, and the Unabomber – Crockpot 05.22.12

article image

<p>Mark Twain to censors: “I wrote
Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn <a href=”http://www.lettersofnote.com/2012/05/i-am-greatly-troubled-by-what-you-say.html”>for
adults exclusively</a>.” After hearing that his books had been censored by the
Brooklyn Public Library’s Children’s Department in 1905, Twain got his sarcasm
on in this one-of-a-kind letter to a librarian there. “The mind that becomes
soiled in youth can never again be washed clean,” he snidely continues. “I know
this by experience.” Read the rest of his delightful scorn, <em>
<a href=”http://www.lettersofnote.com/2012/05/i-am-greatly-troubled-by-what-you-say.html”>here</a>
</em>. </p>
<p>
<p>
<em>And don’t miss:</em>
</p>
<p>An argument for a <a href=”http://www.newint.org/features/2012/05/01/mental-health-society/”>community-based
approach</a> to mental illness.<br />
</p>
<p>Some <a href=”http://grist.org/list/stunning-photos-drive-home-the-destructiveness-of-tar-sands/”>not-so-pretty
pictures</a> of tar-sand mining in Alberta.<br />
</p>
<p>The latest breakthrough in
<a href=”http://discovermagazine.com/2012/apr/08-big-idea-physicists-carve-a-niche-in-time”>invisibility-cloak
technology</a>.  <br />
</p>
<p>Why Warren Buffett is <a href=”http://www.cjr.org/the_kicker/what_warren_buffett_sees_in_lo.php”>buying
up</a> every last local newspaper he can find.<br />
</p>
<p>Colorado’s amazing, frozen, (and almost) <a href=”http://www.hcn.org/blogs/heard/how-to-dispose-of-frozen-cows”>exploding
cows</a>. </p>
<p>
<p>Why Elvis <a href=”http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/112493″>refused to dance</a> at
his senior prom in 1953. </p>
<p>
<p>Tokyo’s gorgeous, haunting <a href=”http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2012/05/100000-led-spheres-flowing-down-a-japanese-river/”>LED-illuminated
river</a>. </p>
<p>
<p>It turns out that college
students’ internal gaydar is <a href=”http://www.futurity.org/society-culture/gaydar-guesses-more-right-than-wrong/”>surprisingly
accurate</a>. </p>
<p>
<p>Why LSD is more likely to <a href=”http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=do-psychedelics-expand-mind-reducing-brain-activity”>block
brain activity</a> than expand it. </p>
<p>
<p>Solitary confinement is <a href=”http://www.apa.org/monitor/2012/05/solitary.aspx”>more and more common</a>
in American prisons, even though it defies common sense. </p>
<p>
<p>Why we should really be <a href=”http://chronicle.com/article/The-Unabombers-Pen-Pal/131892/”>taking the
Unabomber more seriously</a>. Ted Kaczynski, the
math-genius-turned-domestic-terrorist probably has every reason to stay in
prison. But his manifesto on the dangers of technology dependence is gaining
more ground among academics and philosophers. Find out why, <em>
<a href=”http://chronicle.com/article/The-Unabombers-Pen-Pal/131892/”>here</a>
</em>.

</p>

UTNE
UTNE
In-depth coverage of eye-opening issues that affect your life.