Instructions for the Zero Gravity Toilet in 2001 | Boing Boing:

In 2001: A Space Odyssey, natural calls for Heywood Floyd. Fortunately, there are very detailed instructions posted on how to use the Zero Gravity Toilet. (This is Kurbick, after all.) Also fortunately, the toilet is apparently the “standard zero-gravity type” so one should be familiar with its operations. Below are the instructions as captured by 2001 obsessives.

Why is the English language so weird and inconsistent? Blame the printing press. | Boing Boing:

Refering to: Aeon – Typos, tricks and misprints

The same, however, cannot be said about the English language, which often feels like a clusterfuck of arbitrary rules. It’s a difficult and confusing language, but also a malleable one. Grammar and pronunciations vary depending on location, because it’s adaptable by design.

We need to have a conversation about wombats – The Oatmeal:

Go for the comic, stay for the message:

The Northern Hairy-nosed wombat is considered one of the rarest mammals in the world — there are only 80 of them left. If you can, please donate or follow any of these organizations. Upon publishing this comic, I personally donated $10,000 to help kick things off.

The Wombat Protection Society of Australia

Sleepy Burrows Wombat Sanctuary

Wombat Awareness Organisation

Cedar Creek Wombat Rescue Inc. & Hospital

If you’re unable to donate, please share this comic to help spread the word about these incredible marsupials with incredible buttocks.

(7.6.2021: updated with details on the outreach portion of the comic)