This month we're doing a fairly minimal report. Last month, there were around fifty articles and lists to summarise, and I wasn't able to get any help for it. This month, I'm doing the amount I feel up to, which means no article summaries by me. Still have the gallery of featured pictures because it's literally the same amount of work either way there, and Bri has done featured article summaries. As always, we work a month behind so that we're not adding new content right up to publication date.
Less of a blowout than a football stadium, but still: snooker is a diversion from the tedium of being alive, and also prone to childish puns involving balls and pockets. But at any rate, Joe Perry won the tournament.
A 2010 Lady Gaga single that isn't actually about dancing, if you get the drift. Positive reviews indicated its suitability for accompanying a workout (is that another innuendo?) and it was nominated for a Grammy – but one reviewer called it "a little bit Gaga-by-numbers".
A song from Adele's 2021 album 30, it deals with feelings stemming from her divorce from Simon Konecki. It was variously described as one of the top ten songs of 2021 (Rolling Stone), a "'standard Adele' cut" (MusicOMH), and – at over six minutes long – excessively lengthy and unfit for pop radio (Slant Magazine).
This song from Taylor Swift's 2006 debut album peaked atop Billboard's Hot Country Songs for six weeks, and made seventeen-year-old Swift the youngest person to single-handedly write and sing a Hot Country Songs number one.
The Boat Race between Cambridge and Oxford was first held in 1829 and has been held annually since 1856, except during the First and Second World Wars and the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. It restarted in 2021, relocated to River Great Ouse, without spectators due to pandemic restrictions, and in 2022 returned to its usual location on River Thames. The winning Cambridge women's team had the fastest time for a women's race at the Thames; the men from Oxford won with the third-fastest time ever.
Playwright, novelist, short-story writer, and MI6 agent – gathering intelligence on German Samoa during World War I – with a complicated love life. He described his early attempts to be heterosexual as the greatest mistake in his life. Four and a half million copies of his books were bought in the US during his lifetime; his well-known book Of Human Bondage was partly autobiographical.
One of the first major websites aimed at teenage girls in the United States, praised for being a positive community on topics such as female sexuality, queer identity, and body positivity, as well as its inclusion of peer advice from teenage girls. It won the Webby Award in 1998 and was shut down in 2018.
Jimmy Eat World's 2001 album containing "The Middle", considered by critics to be the band's signature song and their crossover hit, becoming "one of the most recognizable tunes of its generation, a common radio staple to this day". It had the current title when its first single was released but was renamed prior to the album's release because of the 9/11 attacks, then was renamed back to the current title in 2008.
A 2013 Xbox 360, Mac, Linux and PC single- or multiplayer stealth video game (a stealth game allows the player to remain undetected by hiding, sneaking, or using disguises) later ported to a Nintendo platform as well. Turned down twice by Microsoft Game Studios before it was picked up by another studio for release, it went on to get critical raves like a 9.5/10 score from Destructoid and two awards at the Independent Games Festival. It garnered positive comparisons to the heist film Ocean's Eleven and Pac-Man.
An archaic human species from 1.2 to 0.8 million years ago once thought to be the last common ancestor of modern humans and Neanderthals, but later reinterpreted as an offshoot from the modern human line, branching off just before the modern human/Neanderthal split. They were able to manufacture simple pebble and flake stone tools out of quartz and chert, and may not have used fire.
First woman to dive to the deepest part of the Earth's oceans, the Challenger Deep; aviation altitude record-holder; US Navy officer; college professor and holder of multiple honorary doctorates; space shuttle astronaut who helped deploy the Hubble Space Telescope; member of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology; etc. In other words, an underachiever. Just kidding, really a person to put on one of your "perfect dinner guests" list if you don't mind looking like a schmuck by comparison.
A battle between Hannibal and his Celtic (Gaulish) allies against the Romans in 218 BCE. Hannibal prevailed and proceeded to campaign in southern Italy for the next 12 years. The Roman leader, Publius Cornelius Scipio, was wounded during the battle and rescued from death or capture by his 16-year-old son.
A television station in Boston, Massachusetts, originally broadcasting subscription television in the 1970s – encrypted analog over-the-air broadcast television which could be decrypted with special equipment – becoming the nucleus of the Monitor Channel which lost hundreds of millions of dollars, then a Boston University for-profit operation, then finally an outlet of the Pax network, which changed its name to i in 2005 before becoming known as Ion in 2007.