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Weekend link dump for August 16

Maybe trying to cure cancer shouldn’t be such a high priority.

Better security for your Android phone is on its way.

“It’s sort of like reaching the age when you realize your parents are just a couple of folks giving it their best shot in a challenging world. I’m far more intrigued by the guys who have gone through hell than the golden gods.”

Do you have a burning desire to watch Jerry Lewis’ infamous movie The Day The Clown Cried? Well, in ten years you’ll be able to.

Here’s more evidence that you’re not a tinfoil hat-wearing conspiracy theorist if you cover your webcam with a post-it note.”

RIP, Frank Gifford/a>, NFL Hall of Famer and sports broadcaster.

The abandoned Malaysian chicken church. Someone ought to restore it.

Maybe breakfast isn’t the most important meal of the day.

“Sixty-one percent of women who seek abortions already have at least one child. More than a third already have at least two children. Women know what pregnancy is and what abortion does.”

“As best as I can tell, no one ever cared about the Republican secretary of state using a personal email account. It was, to borrow a phrase, a non-story.”

“We need to freeze this Ruth Marcus column in amber so that it never perishes. Future generations will not believe that it actually existed if they can’t see it with their own eyes. It is probably the purest form of wankery that has ever been constructed. I thought I had seen Peak Beltway Trolling, but I had not seen anything.”

Teammates and friends of Mickey Mantle tell stories about him on the 20th anniversary of his death.

“Long before Lucy Mercer, Kay Summersby or Monica Lewinsky, there was Nan Britton, who scandalized a nation with stories of carnal adventures in a White House coat closet and endured a ferocious backlash for publicly claiming that she bore the love child of President Warren G. Harding. Now nearly a century later, according to genealogists, new genetic tests confirm for the first time that Ms. Britton’s daughter, Elizabeth Ann Blaesing, was indeed Harding’s biological child.”

“Now, it’s not clear why something that we’ve been doing for 180 years is suddenly ridiculous.”

How did Taipei 101, one of the world’s tallest buildings at 1,651 feet, deal with the force of [Typhoon Soudelor’s] winds? Like most supertall skyscrapers, 101 has something called a mass damper that’s designed to counteract the lateral (sideways) force of winds. And during the worst of the storm, it broke a record for how much it swayed”.

RIP, Edward Thomas, the first African-American to build an eminent career with the Houston Police Department, one that endured for 63 years.

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