The Sunday Obituary No. 4


As he passed a mound of corpses, Rabbi Schacter spied a flicker of movement. Drawing closer, he saw a small boy, Prisoner 17030, hiding in terror behind the mound.“I was afraid of him,” the child would recall long afterward in an interview with The New York Times. “I knew all the uniforms of SS and Gestapo and Wehrmacht, and all of a sudden, a new kind of uniform. I thought, ‘A new kind of enemy.’ ”With tears streaming down his face, Rabbi Schacter picked the boy up. “What’s your name, my child?” he asked in Yiddish.“Lulek,” the child replied.“How old are you?” the rabbi asked.“What difference does it make?” Lulek, who was 7, said. “I’m older than you, anyway.”“Why do you think you’re older?” Rabbi Schacter asked, smiling.“Because you cry and laugh like a child,” Lulek replied. “I haven’t laughed in a long time, and I don’t even cry anymore. So which one of us is older?”Rabbi Schacter discovered nearly a thousand orphaned children in Buchenwald.

via Rabbi Herschel Schacter, Who Carried Word of Freedom to Buchenwald, Dies at 95 –




I spent a few days searching for answers before I realized I was making the wrong assumptions: Its not that gay people here or anywhere really want to be in the closet, necessarily. Its the rest of the world that pushes them in and shuts the door.

via The county where no ones gay –


The boundaries that matter.


The resulting map shows how “effective communities” don’t necessarily follow state lines. “I don’t know so much about the culture of the U.S.,” says Brockmann, who grew up in Germany. “But when I give talks on this, normally someone in the audience says, Oh, this makes perfect sense.”

via 1 | A New Map Of The U.S., Created By How Our Dollar Bills Move | Co.Exist: World changing ideas and innovation.


Things to say to your Swedish friends.


11. Attitydinkontinens, n. Definition: Literally meaning “attitude incontinence,” the term describes the inability to keep ones opinions to oneselfUsed in an English sentence: “Sorry for that long comment I left on your post just now. I guess I had a temporary case of attitydinkontinens.”

via Ogooglebar … and 14 Other Swedish Words We Should Incorporate Into English Immediately – Megan Garber – The Atlantic.


The end of drunken driving.


Gains in efficiency will follow from coordinated traffic management protocols, too. Once vehicles communicate with each other traffic through intersections and merges will flow much more smoothly than permitted by today’s traffic signals, stop signs and merging lanes, leading to substantial gains in travel time a partial, human-mediated step in this direction is explored in this article.

via How will driverless cars affect our cities?.

The great escapes…


Only three made it all the way to freedom—a Dutchman and two Norwegians, all flyers with the British Royal Air Force. Heres their remarkable story…

via NOVA | Escaping a Nazi Prison Camp.



Wal-Mart has millions of customers visiting its stores each week. Some of these shoppers could tell the retailer where they live and sign up to drop off packages for online customers who live on their route back home, Anderson explained. Wal-Mart would offer a discount on the customers shopping bill, effectively covering the cost of their gas in return for the delivery of packages, he added. “This is at the brain-storming stage, but its possible in a year or two,” said Jeff McAllister, senior vice president of Walmart U.S. innovations.

via Exclusive: Wal-Mart may get customers to deliver packages to online buyers | Reuters.


There soon will be an app to make you less fat.


The chip and cuffs are designed to read and process electrical and chemical signatures of appetite within the nerve. The chip can then act upon these readings and send electrical signals to the brain reducing or stopping the urge to eat.

via BBC News – Electronic implant designed to reduce obesity to undergo trials.