- World Standards Day is non-standard.
- Did you have World War 3 on your 2020 Bingo card?
- Schoolchildren cross a bridge made of living rubber tree roots in India.
- And more.
Happy World Standards Day or not (Cory Doctorow/Pluralistic) – World Standards Day is non-standard. Oct. 14 is World Standards Day, according to the IEC, ISO, and ITU, but not ANSI or NIST, which instead observe World Standards Week, Oct. 19-23.
A Hong Kong newspaper reports China may be getting ready to invade Taiwan. (Axios) Did you have World War 3 on your 2020 Bingo card?
Schoolchildren cross a bridge made of living rubber tree roots in Meghalaya, India, reportedly the rainiest place on Earth. (Photographer: Amos Chapple Article: Alan Taylor/The Atlantic) Via MessyNessyChic
The Erbil Citadel in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq is a tell, or occupied mound, that’s reportedly the longest continuously inhabited place on Earth, with the earliest evidence for occupation dating back more than 6,000 years. Via Messy Nessy Chic
What It’s Like to Learn You’re Going to Die (Jennie Dear/The Atlantic) – We’re all going to die, of course – one day, probably in the distant future. It’s an “existential slap” to learn it’s going to happen in a few months.