1. I’m late posting today because I slept in–because I took the day off! AND it’s sunny out!

2. Have you seen the images coming in from MESSENGER, now in orbit around Mercury? Here’s the first one:

3. Similar to Garfield Without Garfield, 3eanuts has discovered another genius comic strip omission:
Charles Schulz’s Peanuts comics often conceal the existential despair of their world with a closing joke at the characters’ expense. With the last panel omitted, despair pervades all.