odds and ends

Thought rickets was a disease of the past? Apparently not, Mental Floss tells you about 8 old school diseases that you thought were history that have resurfaced.

Lifehacker has an article on how to learn languages.  This is something I need!

I learned how to survive being trapped in quicksand.  Surprisingly, the best way to get out by is trying to float.  Pretty cool.

Vera Wang’s father, oil millionaire C.C. Wang wrote his mistress a harsh breakup letter on his deathbed, which you can read on the NY Daily News.  I guess being a mistress didn’t pay in this instance.

In Weeki Wachee Springs, Florida there are professional mermaids so if you’ve always wanted to meet one like I have, you should take a trip down there.

Japanese photographer Natsumi Hayashi does incredible jumping photos that appear to showing her levitating.

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