It’s Columbus Day, so we’re celebrating by, well, we guess just by scouring the Internet for the day’s most interesting musings about such topics as fictional sports logos, Netflix’s Klingon-friendly customer service and how Peter Dinklage compares to the newly discovered world’s largest squirrel. Care to join us?
“I think the logo at the top of the article is just boring, and it celebrates government power, which some people rabidly detest (not me).” — commenter WigglyWeasel at washingtonpost.com critiques the winning design of an online contest to find a new name and logo for D.C.’s football franchise, the Redskins, which has come under intensified scrutiny for its racial connotations. The winner, above, was designed by a Serbian freelance artist and features the Pentagon and Washington Monument.
“It’s also no surprise that Netflix hires Trekkies. After all, the company did briefly yank Star Trek III from its streaming library while it added proper Klingon subtitle translations.” — Tom Cheredar at venturebeat.com analyzes a recent exchange between Netflix and a customer last week. The customer contacted Netflix after running into a streaming problem. He was greeted by “Captain Mike of the good ship Netflix,” who stayed in character throughout the entire customer-service exchange.
“This squirrel is four feet wide. Four feet! That’s basically as tall as Peter Dinklage!” — Sam Maggs at geekosystem.com finds the discovery of a new species of squirrel utterly fascinating. Named Biswamoyopterus laoensis, the giant flying squirrel was first seen on display for sale at a bush meat market in Laos last year. The new species was confirmed over the summer. (For the record, handsome “Game of Thrones” star Dinklage is 4 feet 5 inches tall.)
“Although they’re pretty to look at, the overabundance of ginkgo droppings is one of the few things I do not miss about living on Corcoran St.” — commenter JustinBC at popville.com complains about an unfortunate side effect of having Ginkgo biloba trees in the neighborhood. Ginkgo trees are one of the species that Casey Trees — a nonprofit whose mission is to restore and protect the tree canopy along D.C.’s streets — put on its newly released interactive fall foliage map. The leaves on Gingko trees turn a lovely golden-yellow hue in the fall, the organization says.
“You might have a right to call me crazy but I actually stopped drinking Snapple for this reason. I got about 3 ‘facts’ in a row that were dubious or I already knew were false.” — commenter Final_Word at theatlantic.com takes issue with Snapple’s “Real Facts,” which the beverage company prints on the inside of its bottle caps. It turns out that many of the facts that the company maintains are true are actually false or at least highly arguable, according to a report in The Atlantic.
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