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Crank up your speakers and hit the Pink Trombone, an interactive audio whatsit that simulates and manipulates the surfaces of your nose, mouth, and throat in the process of forming speech.
By: dave
Monday, Mar 20th 2017 (12:01am) | Thanks: mefi
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On April 21, 1967, Svetlana Alliluyeva, the daughter of Joseph Stalin, bounded down the stairs of a Swissair plane at Kennedy Airport. She was forty-one years old and wore an elegant white double-breasted blazer. "Hello there, everybody!" she exclaimed to the crowd of reporters on the tarmac. "I am very happy to be here."
By: dave
Monday, Mar 13th 2017 (12:00am)
While this time everybody is seeing the same thing, the optical illusion is created through a similar phenomenon that caused so much turmoil with The Dress. It's called color constancy. It's your brain's way of color correcting the world when it's filtered through different light.
By: dave
Thursday, Mar 2nd 2017 (12:00am) | Thanks: digg
Sliced and diced for your convenience

News snippets with links for supporting documentation.
By: spam_vigilante
Thursday, Jan 12th 2017 (12:00am)
Sometimes in mindless browsing the Web, you stumble across a golden nugget. Here is a short bio of Rube Goldberg, including historical videos. Follow links to the gallery and far more at the site.
By: spam_vigilante
Tuesday, Oct 25th 2016 (12:00am)
This spring, a former Saint and Super Bowl champion, Will Smith, was shot and killed by another player, named Cardell Hayes. Their fatal collision highlights the fine line between triumph and tragedy in football and life in the Crescent City.
By: dave
Thursday, Oct 6th 2016 (12:00am) | Thanks: digg
In the south of The Netherlands, about an hour's drive away from my buddy Jer, there is an annual event worthy of this photo spread and media coverage.
By: spam_vigilante
Wednesday, Sep 21st 2016 (8:22am) | Thanks: Jeroen
Arton Capital has created the Passport Index, an interactive online tool that impressively displays, ranks and compares the travel quality of nations throughout the world. Using data derived from passport policies, immigration policies and country characteristics, the Passport Index is able to calculate which countries are most welcoming, which countries require visas, which countries don't, along with other important travel data. The site also features a beautiful arrangement of passport from every country that can be arranged in any way the user wants. Intro video here.
By: spam_vigilante
Friday, Jun 17th 2016 (1:41am)
Don't try this at home folks. Need I say more?
By: spam_vigilante
Monday, Jun 13th 2016 (12:00am)
Anatomy of: Songs, generations, going out, films, history, TV shows, holidays. All found here. Enjoy some thinking behind this one.
By: spam_vigilante
Friday, May 20th 2016 (11:15am) | Thanks: Wrong Hands
The SLJ900/32 bridge girder erection monster machine uses prefab sections of rebarb-reinforced concrete to quickly create structures.
By: spam_vigilante
Tuesday, May 17th 2016 (2:33am)
A tanker rail car implodes due to normal atmospheric pressure and a vacuum inside.
By: spam_vigilante
Monday, Apr 25th 2016 (12:00am)
I'd never leave.
By: Sunny
Wednesday, Apr 20th 2016 (12:00am)
A former 1960s bondage-film actress is waging legal combat with a toy company for ownership of her husband's mail-order aquatic-pet empire.
By: dave
Monday, Apr 18th 2016 (12:01am)
Gerald Foos bought a motel in order to watch his guests having sex. He saw a lot more than that.
By: dave
Tuesday, Apr 5th 2016 (12:01am) | Thanks: digg
Trivia? Maybe. Perhaps some of this stuff you can use someday.
By: spam_vigilante
Friday, Feb 26th 2016 (12:01am)
San Francisco police are investigating why a set of spiked baseball bats were chained to telephone poles around San Francisco on Thanksgiving, which a spokesman said was "very strange." As many of 27 of these bats, some of which had nails protruding from them, were found in a number of locations around the city,
By: dave
Monday, Nov 30th 2015 (12:03am)
Is this research or a colossal waste of funds?
By: spam_vigilante
Wednesday, Oct 7th 2015 (4:12am)
This has been in the woundup before, but I had occasion this weekend to re-watch neuroanatomist Jill Taylor's TED talk on what it is to be cognizant during a brain hemorrhage and thought it would be a good way to start the week for someone who hadn't seen it yet. 20 minutes long, both deeply horrifying and beautifully inspirational, her account of the experience may just change your perception of your place in the universe.
By: dave
Monday, Sep 21st 2015 (12:01am) | Thanks: SpinDrift
Imagine it: you're an astronaut and launch day for your first spaceflight has arrived. Years of intense study and training have culminated in this moment. You're suited up and ready to go. In mere minutes, you'll be getting strapped into your spacecraft and blasting into the cosmos.

So, how do you spend these final precious moments on Earth?
By: spam_vigilante
Friday, Jul 31st 2015 (11:50am)
As much as it might sound like a good idea to take a picture of yourself riding a bear shirtless like Vladimir Putin, itís not.

A number of horrific accidents have been reported lately in Russia involving selfies, and the country has had enough.

So the government decided to launch a new public safety initiative called "Safe Selfies," which encourages people to use come common sense when posting photos of your face that no one really wants to see in the first place.

They created a number of cartoon images depicting some of the "most traumatic cases" of dangerous selfies as a warning to Russians.

Visit the Russian website and download the signs as an Adobe Acrobat file (PDF).

Oh, you don't speak Russian? Here is the page in English via Google Translate.
By: spam_vigilante
Wednesday, Jul 15th 2015 (12:01am)
Do you think you have a good feel for the flow of human history? Think again.
By: spam_vigilante
Friday, Jun 5th 2015 (1:08am) | Thanks: Bryan
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So we keep hearing about executive salaries exceeding workers and their meager pay by a few hundred-fold? Not this guy. Very humble in a very interesting culture.
By: spam_vigilante
Thursday, May 14th 2015 (1:28am)
A significant reason why women still can't go to The Garrick Club is the worldwide affection for Winnie the Pooh. In 1956, A. A. Milne left a quarter of the royalties from his children's books to his club. In 2000, Disney bought out the club's share of the rights for £40m. While other clubs welcomed women members and their membership fees, the Garrick hasn't needed them.
By: spam_vigilante
Friday, May 1st 2015 (2:01am)
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