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By 1944, Stanwyck was the highest-paid woman in the U.S.—and, as platinum blonde Phyllis Dietrichson, the most fatale of femmes in Billy Wilder‘s noir paradigm Double Indemnity. “I’m rotten to the heart,” she tells Pacific All-Risk Insurance salesman Walter Neff (Fred MacMurray, another frequent co-star) in the movie’s closing minutes. - Classic Maiden
Chris Kelly combines cute cats and Downton Abbey in the hilarious parody book Downton Tabby. “Between the great illustrations of cats portraying Mr. Bates and the Dowager Countess and the clever histories that include cat versions of classic books like Vanity Fur and Brideshead Dander, this may well be the perfect gift for the very large cross-section of people who love kitties and costume dramas.” via Flavorwire
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For your Friday doldrums!!!! This is a meet-cute of epic proportions.
Our newest TEDx science crush — Terrie Williams, the biologist who led an expedition to Antarctica to study seals and named one SHAQUILLE O’SEAL.
Terrie is the head of the Williams Lab at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology. She loves big mammals, a passion that has led her on some wild adventures — sticking her hand into whale guts, comparing wild cheetahs to greyhounds, and strapping video cameras to seals in the Antarctic.
Much of Terrie’s research is about how big mammals do what they do: How do cheetahs sprint? How do Antarctic seals stay warm? How do dolphins dive? Here are some tidbits on Weddell seals, one of her main subjects of research and the cute fellows seen above:
- Weddell seals are ice “reamers” — they have specialized teeth that act as ice picks and allow them to make breathing holes in the ice.
- Each Weddell seal is equivalent in weight to nine Great Danes or 250 Chihuahuas, at least 850 pounds on average.
- Weddell seals are able to dive to 2,000 feet and to stay underwater for more than an hour.
(Photos: Terrie Williams’s footage of Weddell seals in Antarctica)
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