Sunday Reading: St. Patty’s Edition

Hey everyone, to celebrate the end of an insanely gorgeous and holiday-filled weekend, here is your Sunday Reading of the week.  Enjoy!

ST. PATTYS DAY: I’ve always wondered why/how the Chicago river is dyed green each year.  Turns out, the tradition began as an accident roughly 40 years ago when some plumbers used fluorescein dye to trace sources of illegal pollution discharges.  Today, upwards of 40 pounds of vegetable dye are used to dye the river green each St. Patrick’s Day.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Check out these long-exposure photos of gold fireflies in Japan as they come together to mate. It doesn’t look real.

RADIO: Several months ago, This American Life, and NPR program, broadcasted an episode devoted to Mike Daisey’s one-man show “The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs” in which Daisey recounts his visit to a factory in China where Apple products including the iPhone are manufactured.  This week, however, Ira Glass and TAL are retracting the story as they have recently discovered many elements of Daisey’s moving story are fabricated.  Instead they have published an episode on their investigations into the validity of the story and Daisey’s reaction.  It is some of the most captivating and awkward radio I have ever heard.

ENTERTAINMENT: If you’re looking to briefly procrastinate, I recently stumbled across this funny Tumblr that collects weird/incorrect/awkward excerpts from textbooks and comments on them.  The things Tumblr has brought to my life…

SCIENCE: In a study investigating the linkages between alcohol and stress, researchers discovered that male fruit flies self medicate similarly to humans.  Male flies subjected to mating stress and rejection preferred food spiked with alcohol far more than male flies who were able to mate easily.

And your video of the week: