Saturday, December 28, 2013

Saturday grab-bag

● Via The Browser, an article on Australian wildlife, with possibly the lede of the year

The platypus is an animal that looks like it was designed in a pub, by a committee, the night before it was due. To make one at home, you'll need a duck bill, a small beaver, four webbed feet, a venomous spur, some spare parts (like five X chromosomes), and a watch battery to operate the electrosensitive bill. ... There are a few anatomical giveaways that the platypus was a rush job (for example, they forgot to give it nipples, so that it has to sweat milk through its skin), but for the most part it holds together well. 

Video of the week: For my father, who turns 82 in a couple days. 

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