Hollywood history podcast: Buster Keaton’s move to MGM in 1928.
MGM was paying Buster Keaton $3,000 a week and seemed literally afraid to let him open his mouth. But as sound fully took hold at MGM, Keaton would long for the days of silence. Listen to the episode to find out how, over the next three years, Keaton lost everything—his house, his kids, his job at MGM—and how, over the three decades after that, he got his dignity back.
Applying to College Shouldn’t Require Answering Life’s Great Questions – The Atlantic
There are innumerable sites that offer advice for college applicants, and almost all of them involve admissions experts pleading with students to “be genuine.” But I don’t blame a 17-year-old girl for thinking her authentic answer to “What makes you happy?” won’t get her into college. My honest response—which probably would have involved Ben and Jerry’s and a new episode of Gossip Girl—certainly would not have gotten me into school. It’s not reasonable to tell a 17-year-old kid to “Be yourself!” while asking him to evaluate the meaning of knowledge in the 21st century or to discuss philosophical theories.
BBC – Earth – Why don’t you ever see baby pigeons?
Baby pigeons have been described as 'butt ugly'
BBC – Earth – Rats will save their friends from drowning
If one rat is drowning, another will step in to save it. The new finding suggests that these rodents feel empathy
Ignore Pope on climate, says Republican Marsha Blackburn – BBC News
Republican Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, the second-highest ranking member on the House energy committee, says the jury is out on global warming. Asked what scientific evidence would persuade her that climate change was a threat, she replied – "I don't think you will see me being persuaded." Asked whether she accepted the theory of evolution she said: "No I do not."