[The first family is back in Washington following their vacation in Hawaii, a considerably better place that's far, far away from Mitch McConnell. Fancy-pantsed Michelle Obama clearly realizes how terrible a development this is. Image via AP.]
If you set aside Facebook's privacy tricks for a night — not hard when you're a kid in a bumble bee costume — the company's founder Mark Zuckerberg has some nice treats for you. Full-sized Snickers bars, in fact.
Zooming in on an 1842 photograph of Cincinnati, bloggers identified two human figures at the edge of the Ohio River, possibly collecting water. It's younger than this 1838 Paris daguerreotype, but still one of the first pictures of living humans.
Online web comic XKCD created this awesome map of online communities, scaled to relative user activity. It's got many more websites than the 2007 original; the embedded caption indicates loads of research went into this thing. A larger version's below.
[Paris Hilton's attorney couldn't keep his eyes to himself when the heiress appeared in a Las Vegas courtroom today. She pleaded guilty to cocaine possession and will serve a year of probation, but won't serve jail time. Image via AP]
[Foursquare founders Dennis Crowley and Naveen Selvadurai pretend to be chill in balmy SoHo this morning during a winter-themed photo shoot for their mobile "check-in" service. Icy stares ensued. Photo via our own Tom Plunkett.]
[Here's the current lineup at the Skyway Drive-In in Warren, OH. Oh you wacky summer-employed teens! Or oblivious assistant managers. Are they in cahoots with this Portland movie theater? Let's hope. Either way, Anne Rice quivers with delight. Via Reddit]
Spotted outside Conde Nast headquarters this morning: a young man whose sign included his resumé and the slogan, "The first rule of improv is say yes." Nice suit, nice cardboard hobo penmanship. Sign him up, Si! [Click to enlarge]
Washington DC is forecast to get 20 to 28 inches of snow. Naturally, the capitol is preparing for the impending blizzard by hoarding Lunchables, half & half and Chunky Monkey according to this tipster photo taken at Safeway last night.
Here's a collection of children's books perfect for the child who's sleeping under the bed. Above: Betrugs-Lexikon, whose back-cover text translates literally as: "The World's Wagon and Plow Is only Train Lies and Fraud."* [via The Rumpus]
Yesterday, JPMorgan's Jamie Dimon and Goldman Sachs' Lloyd Blankfein talked to Congress about why they're sitting on billions of profits and you're broke. CityFile cataloged the many emotions on display.
Like something foretold in Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles, NASA's captured what looks like trees on Mars. They're actually streaks of sand left by evaporating carbon dioxide ice (brrr!), but it's still stunning. Larger version for those who click. [HiRISE]
Here, it's an unprecedented mosaic of Hubble space telescope photos showing more than 12 billion years of cosmic history. Are you impressed? You're not, are you? God, you people. [Pic: Hubblesite.org/ NASA. Click to enlarge, or are you too busy?]