Links (10/3/08)

From my regular trolling of the interwebs:

First off, there’s this really cool, very creepy gallery of abandoned cities in Asia.

Two links from one of my favorite blogs, Strange Maps. One shows the route taken by someone going around the world but besting Phileas Fogg but 40 days. And the other one compares the population of Chinese provinces versus that of whole nations. Bottom line: there are a lot of Chinese out there.

China freaks out over rising teen suicide rate and takes decisive action. No, not encouraging its citizens to consult mental health professionals. Instead they pull “Bunny Suicides.” [h/t Ted]

Scientists in the UK are developing a thinking cap. No, really. it supposedly stimulates the part of the brain that lets you see the big picture, allowing you to unlock your “inner genius.” Or something like that.

Time Cube. WTF is this all about?

Here’s a really perversely fascinating article about Benjamin Franklin and his numerous conquests.

And then there’s this really freaky story about pirates and something suspicious in an Iranian tanker.

A tense standoff has developed in waters off Somalia over an Iranian merchant ship laden with a mysterious cargo that was hijacked by pirates.

Somali pirates suffered skin burns, lost hair and fell gravely ill “within days” of boarding the MV Iran Deyanat. Some of them died.

Requisite Sarah Palin link: you knew this was coming. From Craigslist:

Looking for a Sarah Palin lookalike for an adult film to be shot in next 10 days.
Major adult studio.
Please send pix, stats etc. ASAP
Pay: $2000-3000
No anal required

No word on who’s playing the moose.

And then there’s this video, which gave me a headache.

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