The founder of Mother’s Day strongly disagreed with the commercialization of a day meant for children to honour their mothers. – Quartz

A simple way to improve a billion lives: EyeglassesThe New York Times

The Sierra Gorda Biosphere ReserveAdventure Trend

Consumer Reports ranks best sunscreensWTOP

Volunteers, nonprofits reviving some California state parksSan Francisco Chronicle

The Sistine Chapel of Comic-Strip Art – It’s a NYC sports bar – The New York Times 

Genetic analysis suggests squirrels helped the global spread leprosyGizmodo

Only in select Canadian cities: Timbits Bouquet for Mother’s Day

FDA chemists have been finding pesticides in food – and keeping it quiet – Modern Farmer

The oversupply of marijuana in Oregon has caused the price of weed to plummetThe Guardian

Why do so many people feel their work is completely pointless? – The Guardian

Watch: Working LEGO pinball machine built from 15,000 bricks – Brothers Brick

Seaweed in cow feed reduces methane emissions almost entirely – Foodtank

Work-Life Balance: Young Chinese are sick of working long hoursBBC

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says Europe cannot count on U.S. anymore – Bloomberg

  • US faces European backlash against Iran sanctions – The Guardian

US lawmakers release 3,519 Facebook ads from Russia-linked accounts showing a coordinated effort to sow distrust in US politics – Bloomberg


May 11

868: The oldest printed and dated book, The Diamond Sutra. It now resides at the British Museum in London.

1812: British Prime Minister Spencer Perceval is assassinated as he walked through the lobby of the House of Commons.

1904: Spanish painter Salvador Dali was born in Figueras, Spain.

1910: Glacier National Park in Montana was designated a national park.

1997: IBM’s Deep Blue defeats Russian grand master Gary Kasparov in the deciding game of their six-game series in New York City. This is their second meeting and the first time a machine beats a reigning world chess champion in a classical match.