*Proving that even uber-brainy neurosurgeons have a sense of humor, a group of academics has analyzed the injuries inflicted in the beloved Asterix comics, concluding that 704 characters suffered head injuries over the course of the 34 books. And here comes a professor who missed the tongue-in-cheek point in three, two, one...
*Hey, parents (or babysitters or older, responsible-for-your-bratty-kid-sister siblings), if you've ever run into problems getting a child down for the night, then you'll probably get a kick out of Go the Fuck to Sleep, a just-released "children's" book by Adam Mansbach. Even better - there's an audio version narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, and Werner Herzog has agreed to narrate another. You can download the Samuel J. Jackson recording for free here and listen to an excerpt here.
*Nerd it up with me, everybody! The OED just announced its second round of updates and revisions for 2011. Among the new additions (1,800 in all): auto-complete, babe, brain candy (eye-candy and ear candy are old news to the OED), and, perhaps most surprising considering its history, use it or lose it. It supposedly dates back to 1887. (Can you imagine starchy Victorians using it? I am conjuring up many situations and inserting it - so great.)
*J.K. Rowling has something up her sleeve. It's called Pottermore. HP fansite The Leaky Cauldron was granted a sneak peek and described it as "one of the most amazing, engaging and breathtaking additions to this fandom imaginable." And in other news, millions of individuals reported brief hearing loss earlier today as Potter fans worldwide emitted a simultaneous scream of excitement.
*The new Green Lantern movie isn't exactly getting rave reviews from critics, and it's not hard to see why: the critics are comparing it to this brilliant version featuring the Muppets. (The Muppets make everything better. Seriously, the Muppet Christmas Carol is my favorite adaption of the story. I am not joking.)