Friday Funday, Vol. I: John Cleese Wins the Internet

If I were the Queen, John Cleese would be Sir John Cleese.

Brainpickings turned 11 this week! The brilliant, lyrical Maria Popova’s ten reflections on ten years of doing her blog.

Gelman on why Tom Wolfe likes to troll people about evolution.

Catalan protestors shut down the region (nation?) on Wednesday. Now, one of the main political parties plans to begin an operation to create borders along the highways connecting Spain and Catalonia. Something tells me this does not end well.

For contrast, a reporter tries to go around Northern Ireland getting locals to support the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland in their upcoming World Cup qualifiers. Most people were on board. Some were not.

What 15 minutes of solitude does to your emotions.