Some days Slashdot is just an endless loop of Microsoft-bashing and obscure developer jokes. Other days, like today, it’s a treasure trove.
First, they alerted me to this bit of browser-skulduggery: Did MSN deliberately set out to make Opera users get a “broken” version of its home page? I tend to be skeptical of such claims — on the Web, things break easily enough by themselves, so my default assumption is glitch before malevolence — but the Opera site’s explanation sure is persuasive.
Then I clicked over to this unbelievably fascinating explanation of the continuing mystery of hiccups. It seems that the latest theory suggests they are related to that stage of our evolutionary development when we had gills; and fetuses hiccup as they’re recapitulating that stage. But read the New Scientist piece for yourself.