Time for our (now) usual roundup of things I read over the past week.
First up, a rather interesting history of Autocorrect. It focuses more on the early development of the tool rather than our current, constant need for it in the age of touch screens.
Next, an interview with Hall and Oates, who are still performing and making new music. It bums me out that they never seem thrilled about their success or about their lives at their commercial peak. I remember reading another interview with them a few years back where Hall insisted that their careers weren’t fun, but rather a lot of extremely hard work.
You may have seen this story already, but a cargo container containing nearly 5 million Lego bricks sunk off the coast of England in 1997. Pieces are still washing up on the shore. Naturally there are collectors who specialize in finding them.
Crazy things can happen when you hit the wrong key on a computer. Like, briefly, changing history, for example. One man’s story of how his inadvertent keystroke affected how the world responded to a horrific disaster.
Whatever happened to Tom Emanski, star of ESPN commercials?
Finally, the New York Times dives into one of the biggest mysteries in baseball: why doesn’t anyone throw the screwball anymore?