Some hyper-cool ball toys for your Christmas morning. Submitter Chris Glick in Japan explains:
"There's a Japanese kids' show called 'Pythagoras Switch,' which usually ends/ended with a Rube Goldberg device that concludes with the show's name. Nearly every device contains marbles or balls in motion as a step. The following video is about 10 minutes' worth of largely ball-heavy Rube Goldberg machines. There is no AC/DC soundtrack, however."
Happy Solstice! In honor of this celestial-terrestrial holiday, a neato picture from Bolus Chief Science Officer Steve Carlson -- the ceremonial sphere marking the South Pole, where Steve's son works at an Antarctic research station, and where it's the first day of Summer.
I would also note that (a) this is Santa's logical final stop, and (b) from this exact point you can only travel in one direction -- North. So, as they say, it's all uphill from here.
UPDATE: Steve emails this addendum:
"Right now, it's 28F at McMurdo Station in Antarctica, 23F here in
Portland, and -4F (as I'm sure you are painfully aware) in Chicagoland."
Very painfully aware. I was originally going to feature my brass monkey in today's Ball of the Day, but something went dreadfully wrong.