Friday Links

How fast can you hit a speed bump while driving and live?

Red Cross: Watch out for drunk, aggressive unemployed wasps.

The physics of cow-tipping (short version — it doesn’t work).

Not sure whether you want chickens in your backyard so you always have fresh eggs? Try Rent the Chicken.

How news of the Declaration of Independence spread through the American colonies and around the world.

Advice from 1623: How to Drink Beer. And here’s a 16th-century album of watercolor sketches of comets and meteors.


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Fire the FBI Chief

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