Digital Digest: 18/04/2011
The Best Of The Web
Monday 18 April 2011
A cheesy tribute
With companies across this green and pleasant land desperately trying to outdo each other to make the best (worst) Royal wedding tat, pizza-delivery company, Papa John's, might have stolen the crown. It asked its "food artists" to make this charming Wills 'n' Kate pizza, complete with ham and mushroom faces.
A mine's deadly legacy
Between 1984 and 2010, the Hobet coal mine in West Virginia slowly destroyed the mountain on which it was built. The website Good used satellite imagery from Nasa to document the growth and sprawl of the mine, showing its footprint in a hellish mixture of rivers of toxic sludge and clouds of carbon dioxide.
Will Noma be toppled?
Tonight sees the winners announced in the San Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurants Awards and the foodie establishment will descent upon the Guildhall to celebrate. With Ferran Adrià's El Bulli now closed, will René Redzepi's Noma retain its No1 slot? Or will former champ Heston Blumenthal manage to cook his way back to the top? Watch live here:
Carry on screaming
The second and third instalments may have been rubbished by critics, but that hasn't stopped Wes Craven filming a fourth part to the Scream series. Ghostface returns, along with a host of familiar characters and a new batch of young stars including Kristen Bell and Alison Brie.
The Museum of London is currently hosting an exhibition of hand-drawn maps, created by different artists seeking to convey what life in the capital means to them. Condé Nast Traveller features a selection, with takes including: "Selected Loos of London" and Brixton imagined as a tree.
Justin Vernon, of Bon Iver, has hinted that he is going to take a new musical direction for his as-yet-untitled second album, expected to be released in June. Despite the project being shrouded in mystery, the Kanye West collaborator has posted a video on his website featuring 50 seconds of music and a painting.
The science of squirming
Why do other people's awkward moments make us squirm? Previously, little research had been conducted on "vicarious embarrassment", but a new study, highlighted by Jezebel, has found that watching other people make fools of themselves triggers the part of the brain where we process pain.
Life & Style blogs
Nigel Farage brands LGBT activists 'filth' and 'scum' and accuses them of scaring away his children after they invade his local pub
Ukip supporters are 55 or older, white and socially conservative, finds British Social Attitudes Report
JK Rowling responds to fan tweeting she 'can't see' Dumbledore being gay
Russia threatens Denmark with nuclear weapons if it tries to join Nato defence shield
Jeremy Clarkson sacked live: Alan Yentob 'wouldn't rule out' ex Top Gear host's BBC return
Vote Ukip, says far-right group Britain First
- 1 Andreas Lubitz: Who is Germanwings co-pilot who 'locked out captain and crashed flight 9525'?
- 2 JK Rowling responds to fan tweeting she 'can't see' Dumbledore being gay
- 3 Germanwings crash: Descent may have been 'deliberate, suicidal choice' by pilot, claims experts
- 4 Germanwings plane crash live: Andreas Guenter Lubitz intentionally crashed flight 9525 into the Alps in act of mass murder and suicide – latest
- 5 Video shows what happens when lava is poured onto ice
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