I like histories like this. It's hard to imagine "that it was a widely held opinion at the time that 'lexical scope is interesting, theoretically, but it's inefficient to implement; dynamic scope is the fast choice.'"
Most string types are wrongly handling unicode compose characters · Here is a great blog article pointing out various common issues with Unicode handling, open your favorite text editor and test for yourself. E.g. advancing across "noël" in Gedit counts 5 characters instead of the expected 4.
Onion-like though its title may be, Daniel Duane's opinion piece in Sunday's New York Times, "Is It OK To Kill Cyclists?", is in deadly earnest. As Mr Duane writes, motorists in America generally receive no punishment whatsoever for crashing into or killing cyclists, even when the accident is transparently their fault http://econ.st/1fBNTA9