Monday links

by Debby Witt

History of air conditioning: invention, historical reactions, Arthur Miller column on the days before its invention, more.

Want access to someone’s home? All you need to do is take a picture of their key with your phone.

Amazon Is Selling Tolkien’s One Ring as a Lord’s Prayer Ring with Arabic text – check out the reviews.

World’s largest (and grossest) aquatic insect discovered in China.

Economics of the Undead: Zombies, Vampires and the Dismal Science. Related: Death and Taxes… and Zombies: Tax implications of the zombie apocalypse.

1936-1939: Tiznaosimprovised armored cars of the Spanish civil war.

ICYMIFriday’s links are here, including attempts to patent the wheel, the aerodynamics of hummingbirds, contact lens version of Google Glasses, and an answer to the age-old question: Why is your brain in your head instead tucked away safe and warm down with all your other organs?