The Weekend Links

"¢ From Jan in Atlanta, the 25 Best Band Logos, and how they came to be. Some of them are incredibly iconic, and can probably be found being sported by your friendly neighborhood hippies and hipsters alike. Also, 50 Controversial Album Covers that you're not going to see ANYONE wearing. Be warned, some are not for the faint (feint? what's the rule on that?) of heart. And here's our own list of 23 Album Covers That Changed Everything.

"¢ Speaking of extreme looks and sounds, a dog who is a (rabid?) fan of death metal. His moves should be inspirational to moshers everywhere.

"¢ Here are 4 easy steps to avoiding cinematic tripe. The first one is my favorite, and oh-so-true. There are so many hours of my life I can never get back wasted on films not bad enough to be camp yet too terrible to ever be recommended.

"¢ Definitely frightening implications -- it's raining mud!

"¢ Speaking of wild weather, a tornado severely damaged downtown Atlanta last Friday (almost unheard of, a twister going through a metro area).

Here are more pictures of what looks like a war zone (through which I drive to work).

"¢ Has everyone filled out their brackets? This week, served up some Haterade about those NCAA tourney teams you love to despise.

"¢ In the wake of the Eliot Spitzer scandal (and so many others), we need not debate the moral vacancy of many politicians. But what about just their crazy factor? From, 5 Certifiably Insane Politicians ... that people still voted for.

"¢ My friend Sarah sent me this video of a giant creepy animatronic dog robot. Her interpretation: "Terminator will soon exist!" Does it scare you as much as it scares me? Watch it right itself on slippery ice!

"¢ For more on-the-edge science, learn how nanotechnology works. As the site says, "Nanotechnology is so new, no one is really sure what will come of it. Even so, predictions range from the ability to reproduce things like diamonds and food to the world being devoured by self-replicating nanorobots."

"¢ A long but excellent article from The New York Times Magazine on the origins of morality. Includes some interesting moral dilemmas to test your friends with.

"¢ There is an abandoned asylum on one of Emory's satellite campuses that gives me the serious willies, and is a favorite place for Halloween haunts. If that's your thing, you'll love these pictures of other wonders that have been left to dilapidate in a strange kind beauty. The list includes the Pabst Brewery and a children's asylum.

"¢ If you were a fan of the show that started the whole reality craze (from the network who gave us the unending drama of Heidi and Spencer), check out's "Where Are The Now?" gallery of Real World stars (I have to thank Bill Simmons' links list for that one). For even more recent pictures of Real World-ers, go here.

"¢ Turns out, money CAN buy happiness ... just not in the way you might think.

"¢ Pajiba discusses "What's in a Ringtone?" Anyone care to share their own? You may remember the story about a ring that only teenagers can hear. Click the audio link to see if your hearing is on par.

"¢ No doubt you all enjoyed the recent sharing of embarrassing childhood photos (pictured are floss contributors Jason Plautz and Brett Savage). Here are some from more famous faces ... but you probably wouldn't know that from looking at them (via GorillaMask).

"¢ Spring is here, and people are generally happy about its arrival. But The Dilettante offers up five things about this season's dark side.

"¢ Reader Meri offers us hours (or rather, minutes) of fun with 30 Second Bunny Theater. Her favorite is "March of the Penguins," but for all of them I couldn't help wishing they reenacted bulky literature as bunny-fied CliffsNotes. For more bunny parodies, here are some done with Peeps, from YesButNoButYes, Happy Easter!

Speaking of, all I want for Easter are some links! Send all submissions of internet fun and frivolity to

[Last Weekend's Links]

College Board Wants to Erase Thousands of Years From AP World History, and Teachers Aren't Happy

One would be forgiven for thinking that the Ides of March are upon us, because Julius Caesar is being taken out once again—this time from the Advanced Placement World History exam. The College Board in charge of the AP program is planning to remove the Roman leader, and every other historical figure who lived and died prior to 1450, from high school students’ tests, The New York Times reports.

The nonprofit board recently announced that it would revise the test, beginning in 2019, to make it more manageable for teachers and students alike. The current exam covers over 10,000 years of world history, and according to the board, “no other AP course requires such an expanse of content to be covered over a single school year.”

As an alternative, the board suggested that schools offer two separate year-long courses to cover the entirety of world history, including a Pre-AP World History and Geography class focusing on the Ancient Period (before 600 BCE) up through the Postclassical Period (ending around 1450). However, as Politico points out, a pre-course for which the College Board would charge a fee "isn’t likely to be picked up by cash-strapped public schools," and high school students wouldn't be as inclined to take the pre-AP course since there would be no exam or college credit for it.

Many teachers and historians are pushing back against the proposed changes and asking the board to leave the course untouched. Much of the controversy surrounds the 1450 start date and the fact that no pre-colonial history would be tested.

“They couldn’t have picked a more Eurocentric date,” Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks, who previously helped develop AP History exams and courses, told The New York Times. “If you start in 1450, the first thing you’ll talk about in terms of Africa is the slave trade. The first thing you’ll talk about in terms of the Americas is people dying from smallpox and other things. It’s not a start date that encourages looking at the agency and creativity of people outside Europe.”

A group of teachers who attended an AP open forum in Salt Lake City also protested the changes. One Michigan educator, Tyler George, told Politico, “Students need to understand that there was a beautiful, vast, and engaging world before Europeans ‘discovered’ it.”

The board is now reportedly reconsidering its decision and may push the start date of the course back some several hundred years. Their decision will be announced in July.

[h/t The New York Times]

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