Links we love today: Trivia Day, political pranking, blanket forts and more
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Happy National Trivia Day! Here are 119 facts you should know.
Black belt (and Austinite) Susan Schorn is documenting “instances of everyday combat” over on McSweeney’s — this week’s column talks about Esme Barrera and learning how to fight back.
Comic Joe Mande profiled as “political prankster” for Twitter jabs at candidates.
Why you should teach yourself coding, and how to start.
Random House will sell ebooks to libraries with no loan restrictions.
Keep Shelly in Athens’s reverb-drenched “Just Like Honey” cover:
Rolling Stone explores the Minnesota school district facing legal woes over regulations that likely contributed to a recent rash of teen suicides:
So maybe she was a fat dyke, Brittany thought morosely; maybe she deserved the teasing. She would have been shocked to know the truth behind the adults' inaction: No one would come to her aid for fear of violating the districtwide policy requiring school personnel to stay "neutral" on issues of homosexuality. All Brittany knew was that she was on her own, vulnerable and ashamed.
Suicide rates among gay and lesbian kids are frighteningly high, with attempt rates four times that of their straight counterparts; studies show that one-third of all gay youth have attempted suicide at some point (versus 13 percent of hetero kids), and that internalized homophobia contributes to suicide risk.
This 30 Rock web short, "The Donaghey Files," features Michael McDonald, Ryan Adams, Donald Glover and all your favorite TV theme songs:
Amir Blumenfeld takes us behind the scenes of “Harold and Kumar 3”: