Link Tank: Riverdale’s Most Baffling Moments So Far

The weirdness of CW's Riverdale, understanding the different movie Spider-Men, water on Jupiter, and more in today's Link Tank!

Riverdale's Betty Cooper as the Gryphon Queen

Riverdale is becoming increasingly bizarre with each season. Check out the top 10 most baffling moments from the show.

Riverdale is the kind of show where killer roleplaying games, cheerleaders doing archery, and drug rings for faux Pixie Stix aren’t enough to crack the top 10 of wacky things we’ve seen. With showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa set to maybe expand his television empire with The Brides, we’re looking at his most infamous creation to point out what makes it, well, so Riverdale. Over the past four seasons, the Archie Comics series has gone from a clever teenage Twin Peaks tribute to one of the most inexplicable shows on television. “

Read more at Gizmodo.

Spider-Man has to be one of the most prolifically adapted superheroes in cinema. Let’s breakdown the different versions of him on screen.

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“Everyone has their opinion on who their favorite Spider-Man is. I’d say that it comes with age, but it doesn’t, because I grew up watching Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker, was a college student who was in love with Andrew Garfield during his run, and now love Tom Holland with my whole heart, so … it just depends on the person. But there is a problem with understanding our cultural love of Peter Parker: We all think we know what’s best.”

Read more at The Mary Sue.

If you’re on the internet often, you may have seen an uptick in people blaming mishaps on Mercury retrograding, but what does that even mean?

“Crashed computers, missed flights, tensions in your workplace—a person who subscribes to astrology would tell you to expect all this chaos and more when Mercury starts retrograding. For 2020, that means February 17 through March 10; June 18 through July 12; and October 14 through November 3. But according to an astronomer, this common celestial phenomenon is no reason to stay cooped up at home for weeks at a time.”

Read more at Mental Floss.

NASA’s Juno discovers way more water on Jupiter than previously thought, correcting a 25-year-old misconception about the planet.

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“Some 4.5 billion years ago, gravity pulled swirling gas and dust together to form a giant planet more than twice as massive as all other planets in the Solar System — Jupiter. And, unlike the other planets, Jupiter formed from the leftover material that created the Sun. Shrouded in its gaseous layers are secrets of the Solar System’s earliest years. Now, new data from NASA’s Juno mission to study the planet reveal just how little we really know about this iconic giant. Turns out that on one crucial point — whether Jupiter’s atmosphere contains water — we have been dead wrong for decades.

Read more at Inverse.

We don’t tend to think highly of reality TV, but these trashy ones are perfect for a night of bingeing.

“In 1992, MTV’s The Real World started a slow-moving revolution that turned into an all-out blitz when Survivor premiered eight years later: Look at all these regular people starting drama! They are not polite at all! Watching unscripted lives unfold may have felt dirty early on, but no one could stop watching. As cable channels multiplied, the allure of producing cheaper shows that could air on endless loops meant that you didn’t have to channel surf long before stumbling on one of them.”

Read more at Thrillist.

The universe as we know it is expanding, but cosmologists can’t seem to agree on how fast.

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“How rapidly is the universe expanding? Since Edwin Hubble first discovered in 1929 that galaxies are getting farther apart over time, allowing scientists to trace the evolution of the universe back to an initial Big Bang, astronomers have struggled to measure the exact rate of this expansion. In particular, astronomers want to determine a number called the Hubble parameter, a measurement of how fast the cosmos is expanding as we speak. The Hubble parameter tells us the age of the universe, so measuring it was a major goal for many astronomers in the latter half of the 20th century.”

Read more at The Week.