Best of the Web: ‘Meat’eorites, Killdozers, Talking Elephants and More

  1. I saw a peanut stand, Heard a rubber band. I saw a cuckoo wind up its clock.  But I think I will have seen everything, when I hear an elephant talk… Without being trained to do so, Koshik the elephant has learned to speak five Korean words: “anja” (sit down); “aniya” (no), “nuo” (lie down); “choa” (good); and the one Korean word every Arrested Development watcher the world over knows, “annyong” (hello): Asian Elephant Who Speaks Korean
  2. Self healing concrete- it will likely soon be a reality thanks to limestone-producing microbes and researchers at the Delft Technical University in the Netherlands: Key Test for Re-healable Concrete
  3. Jason Bellows covers the fascinating story of the 52 year old man whose business was ruined by shady zoning changes, so he decided to invent the Killdozer and use it to exact retribution against all those who had a part in his downfall: In a world where politicians can’t be reasoned with, one man decides to try being unreasonable. Coming this fall: The Wrath of the Killdozer
  4. Thanks to DNA sequencing, Scientists have discovered a previously unknown population explosion among humans that happened about 40,000-50,000 years ago.
  5. Joshua Tyree writes nearly 1,000 words outlining his very detailed and surprisingly interesting thoughts on why a trash compactor on the Death Star is “implausible, unworkable, and moreover, inefficient”.  Your move George Lucas Disney: On the Implausibility of the Death Star’s Trash Compactor
  6. Dorkly hilariously covers why Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda’s plan to have Uncle Ben and Aunt Beru adopt Luke was amazingly moronic: Luke Skywalker’s Adoption
  7. Scientific American covers The Science Behind Superstorm Sandy’s Crippling Storm Surge
  8. mental_floss covers The Scientific Reasons to Respect Light Beer
  9. Dan Lewis covers the curious case of the time in 1876 when it rained meat: Meateorites
  10. As the most distant man-made object ever to traverse the heavens continues its journey to beyond the edge of our solar system, it discovers some weirdness.
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