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December 11, 2019

Stairways to Heaven: England's Top 10 Cathedrals

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Simon Jenkins went on the record in the Guardian on November 26, 2019, boldly proclaiming Wells Cathedral (above) Britain's #1.

He wrote, "Its sculpted west front glows incomparably in the sunset, its giant scissor arches uplift its crossing, and its column capitals offer an encyclopedia of medieval life. Wells also boasts the most serene chapter house anywhere."

What say you, Englishwomen and men?

December 11, 2019 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

BehindTheMedspeak: Why ACL injuries happen so frequently

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Not a day goes by that I don't read where some high school or college lacrosse or soccer player (usually female) has torn their ACL.

Many of these injuries are the second (or even third) of this type for the athletes.

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Then there are the college and pro football players who incur this potentially career-ending injury.

Why does it happen so often now compared to back in the day?

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My theory: weight training and improved fitness have resulted in a significant increase in the forces passing through the knee joint.

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The weakest link is the ACL: ligaments can't be strengthened by training, and so the pumped-up quads and hamstrings pulling the knee back and forth ultimately change the natural alignment of the ACL, buried deeply within the knee joint, and rupture ensues.

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My solution: cut back on weight and resistance training to restore more natural balance across the knee.

December 11, 2019 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

9 Rules of Wile E. Coyote — Chuck Jones


[via Joshua Rothman]

December 11, 2019 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Pachebel's "Canon in D" performed on train horns

From Laughing Squid: "Czech Engineer Pavel Jirásek captured the sound of train horns coming in and out of Prague’s Hlavni Nadrazi (Main Railway station) and fashioned these recordings into a rather discordant but brilliant cover of the iconic wedding favorite instrumental, Pachebel's "Canon in D."

[via Crack San Francisco Correspondent©® Richard Kashdan, who seems to have a hit a mother lode of boj-bound stuff. If I had 10 more like him, I could phone it in.]

December 11, 2019 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

What is it?


Answer here this time tomorrow.

Hint: smaller than a bread box.

Another: moving parts.

December 11, 2019 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2)

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