It's not quite Mother's Day in America yet, but you can send your parents cool footage of a physicist talking about rubber bands. Welcome to your post-weekend trends report for Monday, March 11, 2013.
Richard Feynman's discussion of hacking elasticity is currently riding at the top of Reddit, while a different type of hack -- a Donkey Kong mod that makes the Pauline save Mario -- did well over the weekend on Reddit. (The game's name has now gone global on twitter as well.)
Finishing up the hacking motif, the South by Southwest festival is getting its usual yearly attention, including a speech by space mogul Elon Musk, stating that if nobody else steps up, he might go to Mars.
(British) Mothers Day 2013, Mothers Day
By 1938 it was said that Mothering Sunday was celebrated in every parish across Britain and in every country of the British empire. By comparison the appeal of the American-style Mother’s Day remained limited, at least until the Second World War.
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Last season sat somewhere between The Kids in the Hall and Jackass, and based on the exclusive clip below, the second go-round will be a ratcheted-up version of the same.
Despite some wayward drives and approach shots, Woods never wavered in the final round of the Cadillac Championship on Sunday, shooting a one-under-par 71 to finish at 19-under 269 for the tournament.
Brandon Knight, DeAndre Jordan
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For a good portion of the Detroit Pistons' latest magnificient flop, the phrase "RIP Brandon Knight" was trending worldwide on Twitter. The second-year Piston didn't really die, he was just undressed on a DeAndre Jordan lob dunk in his face with 4:32 left in the first half of the Los Angeles Clippers' 129-97 victory.
Elon Musk says if mankind doesn't make it to Mars by the time he dies, it'll be the biggest disappointment of his life. Speaking to a packed crowd of several thousand attendees at South by Southwest on Saturday, the founder of Tesla and SpaceX said he might even consider making the journey himself.
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The life and work of science fiction and comedy writer Douglas Adams has been marked by a Google doodle. Adams was probably best known for the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, which started life as a radio comedy before being published as a "trilogy" of five books, the first published in 1979. It was later turned into a Hollywood film.
Richard Phillips Feynman was an American physicist known for the path integral formulation of quantum mechanics, the theory of quantum electrodynamics and the physics of the super fluidity of super cooled liquid helium, as well as work in particle physics. And he likes rubber bands.
The driver of the bus in which a young Indian woman was gang-raped and fatally injured in December hanged himself in his jail cell on Monday, prison authorities said, but his family and lawyer said they suspected "foul play".
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Mika modified the ROM of the game so that the damsel/white-knight roles in the game were switched. Now Pauline (Nintendo's precursor to the better known Princess Peach) runs, jumps, and dodges rolling barrels to save the dulcet Mario at the top of the screen, according to a Saturday post on reddit.
Having hosted “Saturday Night Live” four times before this weekend, Justin Timberlake was more than prepared for his fifth appearance, but to the delight of many fans, he chose to incorporate veteran “SNL” hosts and former cast members into the show.
Time, Daylight Savings Time, Daylight Savings Time 2013, DST
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Daylight Saving Time officially started at 2 a.m. on Sunday. If you haven't set your clocks forward yet, do it before you return to work on Monday. Daylight Saving Time ends the first Sunday in November.
It took them long enough, but the Lakers finally made it to eighth place in the Western Conference. The Lakers (33-31) were so low for so long that they'd take a victory any way they could, regardless of how pedestrian and uneventful (read: boring) their game looked against the punchless Bulls.
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