The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Josh Clark

The Grave of Harry L. Collins On Atlas Obscura, Matt Blitz writes about the Louisville, Kentucky grave of Frito-Lay's official corporate magician.

Absurd Creature of the Week: Foot-Long, Sex-Crazed Snails That Pierce Tires and Devour Houses On Wired, Matt Simon writes about the giant African land snail.

How Waffle House Became a Disaster Indicator for FEMA In a 2013 article on Popular Science, Clay Dillow writes about the use of Waffle House as an all clear for FEMA to enter an area ravaged by natural disaster.

Do We Have the Big Bang Theory All Wrong? On Natilus, Mark Anderson writes about rival explanations to the current orthodoxy of how temperature is so evenly distributed across the cosmic microwave background.

Researcher shows that black holes do not exist On PhysOrg, Thania Benios writes about recent research that shows mathematically that black holes cannot exist in our universe.

The Minnesota Starvation Experiment On the BBC site, Janet Ball writes about the radical 1940s experiment that starved volunteers in order to study starvation and how to bring starving humans back to health.

The Uncanny Valley In a 1970 article in the journal Energy Mashiro Mori coined the term "uncanny valley" and explored the enormous hurdle of creepiness robot designers still face nearly 50 years later.

Byford Dolphin The Wikipedia entry for an offshore oil rig that was the site of a terrible maritime disaster.

Who Killed Bugsy Siegel? In Los Angeles Magazine, Amy Wallace writes about a woman who says she has the answer to a 70 year-old mafia mystery.