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Cicadas On Parade!

The Huffington Post reports that we’re going to see some crazy on the East Coast this summer:

If you live on the East Coast between Georgia and Connecticut, get ready for the air to be filled with billions of large, buzzing insects known as cicadas, a massive brood of which have been feeding on roots underground for the past 17 years — all in preparation for this one moment… The red-eyed insects, also known as Magicicada, tend to form denser clouds than other varieties of cicada. These swarms can be as dense as 1.5 million cicadas per acre.

Back when I was a kid, I used to take the shells that cicadas grew out of that they left behind on trees and glue giant googly-eyes on them. It was fun. (In other words, it’s time to invest in the companies that make giant googly-eyes, because I am going to be increasing their profit margins single-handedly this summer.)

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This Week

The Onion: Jesus, This Week

“Maybe next time we have a week, they can try not to pack it completely to the fucking brim with explosions, mutilations, death, manhunts, lies, weeping, and the utter uselessness of our political system,” said basically every person in America who isn’t comatose or a complete sociopath. “You know, maybe try to spread some of that total misery across the other 51 weeks in the year. Just a thought.”

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Baby With A Lightsaber

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Today’s Video Awesome: The Wolverine

The international trailer for “The Wolverine” inspires some cautious optimism. Could it actually be… good?

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Calvin and Hobbes

The universe is a better place knowing that this exists. High fives to Uproxx, who has more information on how this wonderful thing came to be.

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Harvard’s Faculty is Unaware of How Email Works, Apparently.

The New York Times reports that Harvard faculty is shocked that Harvard would search through their email to determine the source of a leak regarding a cheating scandal to the news media.

“I think what the administration did was creepy,” said Mary C. Waters, a sociology professor, adding that “this action violates the trust I once had that Harvard would never do such a thing.”

Why would anyone think that an organization would “never do such a thing”? I mean, yes, it’s creepy and it sucks, but that’s part of what it means to be employed in the 21st century: when you accept the use of their email systems, you are also signing away your privacy when it comes to what comes in to and out of that email address. Anyone who thinks something different is either naive or willfully ignorant of how email works.

In other news, I’m sure the Harvard folks can head over to MIT to learn how to send emails anonymously from a temporary Gmail account.

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Happy National Grammar Day

A Plea for Sanity this National (US) Grammar Day

Remember, this National Grammar Day, that there are people all around you with varying degrees of knowledge of and appreciation for the intricacies of English. Instead of calling people out on March 4th for all the usages they get wrong, how about pointing out all the thing things that people–against all odds–get right? Can you correctly pronounce “rough,” “though,” “through,” and “thought”? Congratulations, you have just navigated the Great Vowel Shift. If I ask you to come up with synonyms of “ask” and you respond with “question” and “inquire,” congratulations: you have seamlessly navigated your way through 500 years of English history. Do you end sentences in prepositions? That is awesome, because that is a linguistic and historical tie back to Old English, the dyslexic-looking Germanic language that started this whole shebang almost 1500 years ago.

There is so much to celebrate about our language. English may be a shifty whore, but she’s our shifty whore. Please, this National Grammar Day, don’t turn her into a bully, too.

Amen.

via The Loop

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Wired on Why the Battle of Hoth was a Major Blunder by Darth Vader

Awesome.

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Star Wars: Machete Order

For when you want the prequels to not make you want to beat George Lucas half to death with a Gungan.

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Neil’s Puppet Dreams

Neil Patrick Harris, puppets, song and dance numbers… What else would I possibly want in an internet video, really?

And if you have the hankerin’ for more NPH and puppets, you can watch all of the Neil’s Puppet Dreams videos from the Nerdist YouTube Channel here.