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Crime Author Elmore Leonard Dies at 87
Best-selling crime author Elmore Leonard died at 87 years old today. Nicknamed the “Dickens of Detroit,” he raised the crime-thriller genre to an art form and his novels were immortalized by Hollywood. More than 20 of his pieces were adapted into films or television shows, including “Get Shorty,” “Out of Sight,” “Jackie Brown,” “3:10 to Yuma” and the popular FX series “Justified.” Leonard wrote every day in longhand on plain yellow pads. His No. 1 rule was if it sounds like writing, rewrite it.
Oldest Globe Ever Found
Etched on an ostrich egg and dating back to 1504, it’s the size of a grapefruit. It’s written in Latin and shows North America with just an array of strange islands. Over southeast Asia, including Thailand and Indonesia, there is one sentence: “Hic sunt dracones,” meaning, “Here be dragons.” It was a warning to anyone who might venture too far afield.
Georgia Tech Student’s Motivational Song
There’s an employment anthem everyone is passing around for Nick Selby, a mechanical engineering student and nerd king at Georgia Tech. He was chosen to welcome the new freshmen techies and urge them to free their imaginations so he turned on the music and went for it. “If you want to change the world, you’re at Georgia Tech. You can do that. If you want to build the Iron Man suit, you can do that,” he sang. “If you want to play theme music during your convocation speech like a badass, we’re at Georgia Tech. You can do that. I am doing that!” After some bewildered looks from the faculty, he got a standing ovation.