Fifty years ago today, the first human being was launched into space. A new movie named First Orbit will premiere today on YouTube to honor the occasion. (via Metafilter)
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To Get Parole, Have Your Case Heard Right After Lunch. A study of judges and parole hearings points to mental fatigue as one of the "completely extraneous variables" that can affect a person's trip through the legal system.
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8 Absurd Jokes That Predicted Real Life Events. Of course, it's to be assumed that some of these jokes inspired real life events. It's Cracked, so NSFW text.
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30 Nerdy Wedding Invitations. You know what kind of relationship you're getting yourself into when your wedding correspondence resembles movie posters, steampunk, comic books, or video games.
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When the Blind Can Suddenly See, Do They Know What They’re Looking At? The centuries-old question is finally resolved by controlled studies of modern cases of restored sight.
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A driverless tractor in the Richmond Hill, Ontario, Walmart parking lot drove around in circles on its own for several minutes, mowing down cars and anything else in its way. Bystanders stayed out of the way but captured the carnage on video. (via Cynical-C)
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Cats don't need opposable thumbs when they have brains and perseverance, like this cat. Or a guardian angel, like this kitten.
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The Origins of Your Favorite Condiments. I'm just glad my ketchup has tomatoes instead of anchovies!