With the coming of the new year, it is only fair to warn you, dear reader, of what the government is prepared to do to protect you from yourself, starting this month. After all, have you looked in the mirror lately? Yeah, pretty scary. That face at the other end could end up falling for incandescent light bulbs, plastic grocery bags, horse-drawn carriage rides in Central Park (since after all, nothing is sacred), tanning salons, and ... shark fins???
Meanwhile, elsewhere on planet Earth:
• In the event of another cold snap, you will have yet another opportunity to conduct a silly-@$$ science experiment, one less dangerous then throwing boiling water into the air without checking the wind direction first. [Distractify]
• Speaking of weird science, did you know that dogs can sense the earth's magnetic field? It sounds impressive, until you learn how they use it. Still might come in handy, though. [The Guardian]
• When you're the pope, you get a really sweet ride. This new guy is just now figuring out that riding the bus isn't all it's cracked up to be, especially when your buds come into town. [Catholic News Agency]
• If you're looking for a unique place to retire, there's a town in California that could sure use the company. With less than eight hundred people, you could probably run for mayor the first year, since everyone else has already had their turn. [Slate]
• When you get there, you'll need a place to live. Make sure you load your 3-d printer into the back of your pickup truck, and ... well, just look at what 24 hours can do. [MSN/Innovation]
• Some of us like anchovies in our pizza, and some of us will tolerate anything but anchovies. Find out the latest acquired taste in pizza toppings before you make that next call. [NY Daily News]
• And finally, speaking of haute cuisine, watch this guy show you how to open a bottle of wine without a corkscrew. (Wish I'd known this when I was on the road. The budget motels don't always have corkscrews handy, you know?) [Mirabeau en Provence]
And that's all the news that fits. As the week goes on, stay tuned, and stay in touch.