Today marks our 500th Weekend Link Love.
It’s a big day. This is our 500th edition of Weekend Link Love. 500 Sundays. And it’s actually a bit more than that—because before WLL became the official name and slot, we did other links posts. There was “Friday Link Love,” and “5 Links You’ll Love!” (talk about setting the bar a little too low), and “Hit the Links!” My personal favorite was “Los Linky Links.” I still regret not sticking with that one. The alliteration is just killer.
Things have changed so much. Take a look at the very first WLL from all the way back to June 7, 2008. Check out that crisp, clean URL. See how the content has grown, the interest has expanded, and the quality has improved.
Many people write to me saying that WLL is a favorite part of their week, something they look forward to every Sunday. A vocal minority even claim it’s their favorite post on MDA itself, better than the feature articles. I love writing them. I love learning new things, learning that what I thought last week might need rethinking. The world is such an interesting place right now, and the Internet is a powerful tool for exploring it.
Here’s to 500 more…. And thanks for taking the ride with me.
Muscle mass predicts longevity, explains the entire association between higher BMIs and lower mortality.
Immediaely after watching a PETA documentary, women report eating less meat. Men do not.
Performance hack: get an audience.
After controlling for confounding variables, eating fresh produce like carrots, apples, berries, leafy greens, bananas, cucumbers, and kiwis was associated with less depression and more life satisfaction. Processed produce did not have the same link.
Episode 237: Rob Mack: Host Elle Russ chats with the Ivy-educated, positive psychology-dispensing, executive-coaching Rob Mack about finding happiness from the inside out.
NY Times readers share their antidepressant withdrawal stories.
Are the benefits of alcohol due in part to ethanol’s anti-bacterial effects?
The French have banned food manufacturers from calling vegan-friendly fake meat products meat.
Scientists may have just cured beta-thallesemia using gene therapy.
This is a great premise for a kid’s book.
Good news (for now).
Early humans may have been literal brain surgeons.
You just know some Silicon Valley tech billionaire is making Old Fashioneds with superionic ice cubes.
Connection I found troubling: Statins and ALS.
Study I found fascinating: In the Bajau of Southeast Asia, “sea nomads” who’ve been breath-holding on deep dives for thousands of years, natural selection has granted them bigger spleens to use as oxygen reservoirs.
I’m not surprised: Wherever ancient humans went, large mammals went extinct.
One year ago (Apr 15– Apr 21)
“Best cure for depression is apples. Daily.”
– I don’t know about “cure,” but those daily apples certainly don’t hurt, Investigator.
Tell me your favorite link love story—the article (or quote) that still makes you laugh or the one that changed your mind on a health or cultural issue. Maybe it’s from a long time ago or maybe it’s from this week. I’d just love to hear what you’ve gotten out of WLL over the years, what you’ve enjoyed, and what you’d like to see more of.
I’ll choose one random comment out of today’s bunch to receive a personal “Grok Bundle.” Comment here by midnight (PDT) Monday, 4/23/18, to be eligible.
Thanks for stopping in today, everybody. Good to have you with us, and enjoy your Sunday.