Blow My Mindsday: March 14, 2012

Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can’t-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.

A boy with a lightning tattoo – a month ago, Winston Kemp was struck by lightning, and the mark of the electrical charge is still visible in his skin. This branching pattern is known as the Lichtenberg figure, and while Kemp hasn’t seen a doctor, he imagines his awesome scar tattoo is here to stay.

The Wall Street Journal catalogs some of the strangest foods that are likely to “gross out” those from other cultures. Included: decomposed shark carcass from Greenland, a fermented corn and human saliva drink from Ecuador, maggot-ridden cheese from Italy, and, not surprisingly, that “many Asians regard all cheese, from processed American slices to Stilton, as utterly disgusting—the equivalent of cow excrement.”

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At this week’s SXSW festival, there will be homeless person-powered wi-fi hotspots. “It attempts to modernize the Street Newspaper model employed to support homeless populations. As digital media proliferates, these newspapers face increased pressure. Our hope is to create a modern version of this successful model, offering homeless individuals an opportunity to sell a digital service instead of a material commodity. SxSW Interactive attendees can pay what they like to access 4G networks carried by our homeless collaborators.”


This visitor’s tunnel at a prison in Düsseldorf, Germany is one of the most colorful places on earth.