Off topic: Life expectancy, surviving a speed bump, lawmakers’ pay, thin buildings, fear of holes

Why we aren’t dead yet: on the doubling of life expectancy in the past 150 years. And… fast forward to today, as xkcd’s What If explores how fast one can drive over a speed bump and live. A graphic compares what U.S. state legislature members get paid. Photos of skinny buildings around the world, including one called “Pancake House.” And holey moly, I’m facing my fear by including this link about trypophobia.


Photo of speed bump from Mercury News archives


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