The newest wave of troops hitting the Afghan battlefields are 19 or 20 years old, meaning they were roughly between 8 and 10 when al Qaeda crashed planes into the World Trade Center, Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field. The fourth- and fifth-graders knew something big had happened but were often unable to understand why it mattered until years later. Such a mismatch hasn't happened since the country was founded, largely because its greatest wars have tended to be brief interludes, not semipermanent features.Via.
2. threeA Toys has a new online catalog.
3. Shawarma (spoiler).
4. Watch the Between Two Ferns Special with Tina Fey, Jon Stewart, and Richard Branson (and endless commercials). Via.
5. An early concept for the Total Recall movie included a partially terraformed Mars and imported camels working as beasts of burden (and wearing respirators).