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Weekend link dump for February 7

What drives some people to collect dinosaur bones? The author of this piece was a high school classmate of mine.

Oklahoma really wants to hate the gays.

This guy hates The Big Bang Theory more than you do. (Warning: profanity)

Turns out the measles vaccine has been an even greater boon for public health than we first thought.

On the effect of lead in Flint.

“While Jesus resisted the allure of power and privilege, it has long been a snare to his followers, and the Religious Right sold its soul long ago. Its support of Trump proves once again it will do anything to protect its power, even if it means baptizing as anointed a candidate whose rhetoric and actions contradict any sane understanding of what Christianity is about.”

Ilvermorny, Castelobruxo, Mahoutokoro, and Uagadou are your new wizarding schools.

Ted Cruz is a lying liar who lies a lot. But don’t worry, it’s not a sin when he does it, because he’s Ted Cruz.

“It’s time to kill all the mosquitoes. It’s time for mass mosquito-cide.”

Farewell to LA’s Sixth Street Bridge, one of the most often used locales for TV and movie scenes. Remember the hot rod race in the original Grease? Yeah, that locale.

“In January 1978, NASA announced that it had offically hired its very first female astronauts. Now, almost 40 years later, NASA’s latest batch of future astronauts is half women, and in a few years they could be among the first people to set foot on Mars.”

Now might be a good time to get out of your daily fantasy league.

“We see places advertising that they’re undercooking hamburgers, because it tastes better. I find that worrisome. Even though we’ve pushed a lot of E. coli out of hamburgers, they’re playing with fire by not cooking their hamburgers thoroughly.”

Please, please, let this happen.

Left Behind: The Movie is fifteen years old now. And we’re still waiting for the Rapture to occur. Any day now, I’m sure of it.

Probably for the best not to think too much about “Super Bowl babies” and their logical implications.

RIP, Bob Elliott, one half of the immortal comedy duo Bob and Ray. As always, see Mark Evanier for more.

RIP, Signe Anderson, the original female vocalist with Jefferson Airplane.

RIP, Joe Alaskey, current voice of Looney Tunes characters.

RIP, Holly Adrienne Hogrobrooks, who helped organize Houston’s first sit-in challenging segregation in 1960.

“It’s clear that the USWNT does not feel respected or protected by U.S. Soccer, and after the debacle in December and the security breach in the lawsuit, it’s understandable why.”

RIP, Maurice White, founder of Earth, Wind & Fire. This is starting to hit a little too close to home.

More Baphomet statues, please.

This is the Super Bowl ad you need to watch for.

RIP, Jack Elrod, longtime cartoonist of Mark Trail.

RIP, Edgar Mitchell, Apollo 14 astronaut and the sixth man on the moon.

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