Richard Feynman and Shakespeare Spin Clam Spit in TomorrowLand #FridayRecommends

Friday RecommendsRichard Feynman has been my imaginary theoretical physicist boyfriend since I first heard about him. Here’s a wonderful article a friend sent me about using one of Feynman’s truth-testing techniques to see if someone — or you, yourself — understand(s) a term being used.

So you want to know how everybody dies in Shakespeare’s tragedies. Here you go, with an infographic suitable for printing and framing.

If asked to describe clam spit, the first word that would come to my mind would not be beautiful. Neither would delicate or glowing. Nevertheless, woven clam spit is, indeed, A Thing. Here is an article on the last woman in Italy who harvests it and spins it into byssus — sea silk.

Finally, here is a chilling speech, beautifully acted, from the film TomorrowLand. Be told.

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: A character is given a warning which they blow off.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Richard Feynman and Shakespeare Spin Clam Spit in TomorrowLand #FridayRecommends

  1. Jane

    April 9, 2016 at 9:20am

    Really great recommends today.
    The Feynman quote is very cool; I love how it punctures blowhards. Also like the website: Will be returning there later.
    The Byssus story is…..indescribable. Silk. Wow.
    The Shakespeare chart blows me out of the water! Every English students should be introduced to the Bard with this!

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      Marian Allen

      April 9, 2016 at 1:13pm

      And Feynman was also a notable jazz player! AND he’s the one who found out why the Challenger exploded. Know how he figured it out? HE TALKED TO THE GUYS WHO PUT IT TOGETHER. They were like, “We were worried about the O rings, but nobody wanted to listen to us.”

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