The Monday Melange 07.19.10: George Steinbrenner, Erik Verlinde, Kim Kardashian

George Steinbrenner died this past week.  He was 80.

Rush Limbaugh has his own take on Steinbrenner.  “That cracker made a lot of African-Americans millionaires…He fired a bunch of white guys as managers left and right.”  Ouch.  Al Sharpton ain’t too pleased about that.  Whatever.

Gravity is just an illusion.  So says Dutch physicist Erik Verlinde in a paper that came out earlier this year.  His basic contention is that gravity is simply a byproduct of the Second Law of Thermodynamics, that is, nature’s propensity to tend toward a disordered state rather than an ordered state.

–Kim Kardashian has a new beau.  Here are five things you need to know about him.  One more:  He’s brain dead.