Researchers at Aarhus University in Denmark have put to bed once and for all the rumors of Tycho Brahe's murder by mercury poisoning that have swirled for more than four hundred years, and all it took was exhuming the long interred corpse of the Danish astronomer from it's rightful resting place. Researchers have also found that Brahe's prosthetic nose, rumored to be cast from gold or silver, was actually made of brass, presumably solving this last mystery because, hey, if you've already got the guy dug up and all, why not, right?
If this year is anything like years previous, donations to Child's Play (and wandering, vagabond checks from friends of the initiative) aren't actually finished arriving - but the new year is a good time to take a final count, and then relate said count to the people who made the count so stupidly, inconceivably big. $2,294,317.53 is the total, which ticks the lifetime total to just under nine million, which is what you made happen in my most secret dreams. If it is possible to Win Charity, you have done so. This year, at least. If you have any ideas about how we're supposed to crest over 2.3 million dollars next year, I'm open to suggestions." Tycho Brahe, AKA Jerry Holkins, writer of Penny Arcade, reporting the total of this year's Child's Play charity, which brings games, toys, and craft supplies to pediatric hospitals around the world. (via Penny Arcade.)