ClaimYour.Space allows you to claim a website that ends in dot space instead of dot com. We noticed that CocaCola.space is taken, as is Nike.space and the usual brands. But you might want one with your name on it, like UncleMax.space. Cost is $8.39 to register an open domain for one year.
Stuffin.Space has a “3D Interactive Map of Absolutely Every Object Orbiting Earth.” Put together by incoming Texas college freshman James Yoder, it includes rockets, satellites and 20,000 pieces of junk. Blue objects are rocket bodies, red is for satellites, gray is debris. You also get the launch date, velocity and other details. (A few years ago, a deep hole in one of windows of the space station was found to have been caused by a collision with a tiny paint chip.)
“40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World.” The 22 countries that Great Britain never invaded. The only countries that don’t use the metric system are Liberia, Myanmar and, of course, us. McDonalds restaurants around the world. (The busiest is in Moscow.)
“Veritasium” is a YouTube channel for science videos. We looked at the world’s roundest object, the most radioactive places on earth, and why the most venomous creatures prefer warm climates, especially Mexico, with 80 deadly venomous creatures. Brazil and Australia follow closely, but here’s the mystery: Australia’s most venomous snakes live in the coldest places. It turns out that there are more venomous snakes in warm countries, but as a percentage of the total number of snakes, there are less.
“100 Legal Websites to Download Books” Search on that phrase to find thousands of free books. We were already familiar with Bartleby and Project Gutenberg, but many others, like Fiction.US and ByGosh.com, were new to us. They’re listed by category, including classics, textbooks, children’s books, math and science, foreign language, plays, history, mystery and so on.
“Rarely Seen Enchanted Moments of World History” starts with a photo of a woman born in 1746 who was photographed in 1840. There’s a photo of Carl Akeley posing with the body of the leopard that attacked him. He killed it with his bare hands. Akeley was director of the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. (Museum directors were tougher back then.) Another photo shows Audrey Hepburn shopping with her pet deer in 1958.