--Incoming freshmen to Congress are advised they'll have to spend half their workdays fund-raising.

--At long last, actual video footage of the elusive giant squid.

--What kind of dinosaur meat would be tastiest? This is probably the definitive analysis.

--In Japan, even the yakuza live in fear of the country's gun-control laws.

--The male skew of the Obama administration: "About 43 percent of Mr. Obama’s appointees have been women, about the same proportion as in the Clinton administration, but up from the roughly one-third appointed by George W. Bush"