Designer Creates a Scientifically Accurate Line of Dinosaur Toys

by Shaunacy Ferro, Mental Floss

Over the last few years, how we think about dinosaurs has changed radically. While Jurassic Park may not have gotten the memo, scientists now know that dinosaurs are closely related to modern birds, and in contrast to the scaly reptiles of cinema, they probably were covered in feathers. Unfortunately, dinosaur toy makers haven’t updated their wares to keep up with advances in scientific research.

Lest a new generation of kids grow up with skewed views of dinosaur anatomy, toy designer David Silva wants to create a line of dino action figures that hew more closely to our updated understanding of prehistoric fauna. He’s creating Beasts of the Mesozoic, a line of scientifically accurate dinosaur toys. So far, it includes models of the dinosaur genera Velociraptor, Atrociraptor, and Tsaagan, each with realistic details and moveable joints. The campaign is already fully funded on Kickstarter, where each figurine costs $35.

Silva expects to ship the toys in March 2017, and if all goes well, he’ll be adding new species to the line in the future.

 

Drunk History: How Sam Cooke Wrote “A Change Is Gonna Come”

Comedy Central

Sam Cooke wrote his legendary song “A Change Is Gonna Come” at the height of the civil rights movement in response to the racial injustices he experienced in his own life. About Drunk History: Based on the popular web series, Drunk History is the liquored-up narration of our nation’s history. Host Derek Waters, along with an ever-changing cast of actors and comedians, travels across the country to present the rich tales that every city in this land has to offer. Booze helps bring out the truth. It’s just that sometimes the truth is a little incoherent.

Where did English come from?

Via TED-Ed

When we talk about ‘English’, we often think of it as a single language. But what do the dialects spoken in dozens of countries around the world have in common with each other, or with the writings of Chaucer? Claire Bowern traces the language from the present day back to its ancient roots, showing how English has evolved through generations of speakers.