Reading roundup: “Toxic poopsicle,” Purdue beats IU, Oscars 2015 preview

Coffee and newspaper for reading roundup post

Happy Friday! Yes — we’re suffering through near-record ccccold again, but at least the temps will have the decency to warm up this weekend, according to forecasters.

Here are 10 links I’ve been absorbed in reading to catch you up this morning:

  • Headline of the month: “Frozen fecal matter closes I-65 exit ramp.” In which reporter Ron Wilkins coins the instant-classic phrase “toxic poopsicle.” (Journal & Courier)
  • Boilermakers were ecstatic after Purdue beat archrival Indiana 67-63 at Assembly Hall. (IndyStar)
  • Don’t forget: Sunday night is the Oscars! Neil Patrick Harris is hosting the 87th annual Academy Awards, with “Boyhood” and “Birdman” duking it out for Best Picture. (TIME)
  • A U.S. nutrition panel urged Americans to think about the health of the planet, not just themselves, and switch to a literally greener diet. (USA Today)
  • On a related note: Indiana is the 48th worst state in the U.S. for health and happiness, according to a Gallup-Healthway report. (USA Today)
  • Four truly lucky dogs were rescued by a driver who found them abandoned Thursday in the dangerously cold temperatures. (WTHR)
  • Meet IMPD’s Michael Frances Raftery, a 19th century officer who “had a perfect attendance record and had never been disciplined. He also was the only man allowed to wear a full beard, despite orders that beards were forbidden.” (Facebook
  • Tragic: “Parks and Recreation” co-executive producer Harris Wittels was found dead at his Los Angeles home. Wittels, 30, was also the writer behind the @humblebrag Twitter account. (THR)
  • As of Thursday, 2015 is the Year of the Sheep (or Goat) — and forecasters say it won’t be that baaaad. (Business Insider)
  • Oliver Sacks’ oped on learning he had terminal cancer is a must-read. “I cannot pretend I am without fear. But my predominant feeling is one of gratitude.” (New York Times)

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Author: Cori

Cori Faklaris (aka "HeyCori") is a PhD researcher at Carnegie Mellon University's Human-Computer Interaction Institute in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. Faklaris is an social media expert and longtime journalist who brings this expertise to her work in usability for privacy, security and emerging technologies, such as the Internet of Things.

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