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The Missing Links: The Crypt of Civilization

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The Mold & The Beautiful
The spoiled produce in the Afterlife photography series is a feast for the eyes only.

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So, Are You Married? Kids? Incarcerated For the Rest of Your Life For a Series of Heinous Crimes?
You know, just the standard bases you cover at your school reunion. The Unabomber took the liberty of getting all of his former Harvard classmates up to speed.

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Things That Were Popular in 1990
The Simpsons is one of the most reference-packed shows to ever grace the television screen. You may not even realize some of the things in the show were references, until you check out the awesome original/homage side-by-side comparison GIFs on the Movie Simpsons blog. (Via Splitsider)

I was 9 years old when Dick Tracy came out and I thought it was mesmerizing. So I really love this huge compilation of information on MetaFilter.

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Adorable Moments Know No Political Affiliation
Whether you’re a Democrat, a Republican, a Whig, a member of the Know Nothings, or even one of those highly sought-after independents, you still have to admit that this picture is awesome.

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“The Court Finds in Favor of the Plaintiff & Awards Them $72 Trillion”
That’s what the Recording Industry Association of America expected to hear when they sued a filesharing website for that amount of money - an amount which turns out to be more money than actually exists in the world.

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A Thing I’ve Become Fixated On: Time Capsules
For some odd reason I have recently become interested in time capsules. So I thought I’d share a few things with you.

Listverse has a great rundown of the Top 10 Incredible Time Capsules. The list has a ton of great information, and links to further reading on each.

This video of Mike O’Malley and Joey “Whoooooa” Lawrence hosting the burial of a time capsule at the Nickelodeon Studios in 1992 features Doc Brown driving up in his famous time machine DeLorean. The time capsule contained MC Hammer CDs, Twinkies, and some of Nickelodeon’s own famous Gak. Just the things we always wanted representing us to future generations.

The International Time Capsule Society at Oglethorpe University in Georgia are the caretakers of the Crypt of Civilization, a large chamber sealed away from the world until its scheduled opening date in the year 8113. Among the contents in the airtight vault is an original copy of the Gone With the Wind screenplay, donated by the film’s producer.

Also: If any of this speaks to your inner geek, check out the 10,000-year clock.

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A Simple Way to Charge Your iPhone in 5 Minutes
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Spotting the “low battery” notification on your phone is usually followed by a frantic search for an outlet and further stress over the fact that you may not have time for a full charge. On iPhones, plugging your device into the wall for five minutes might result in only a modest increase of about three percent or so. But this tip from Business Insider Tech may allow you to squeeze out a little more juice.

The trick? Before charging, put your phone in Airplane Mode so that you reduce the number of energy-sucking tasks (signal searching, fielding incoming communications) your device will try and perform.

Next, take the cover off if you have one (the phone might be generating extra heat as a result). Finally, try to use an iPad adapter, which has demonstrated a faster rate of charging than the adapter that comes with your iPhone.

Do that and you’ll likely double your battery boost, from about three to six percent. It may not sound like much, but that little bit of extra juice might keep you connected until you’re able to plug it in for a full charge.

[h/t Business Insider Tech]

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Trying to Save Money? Avoid Shopping on a Smartphone
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Today, Americans do most of their shopping online—but as anyone who’s indulged in late-night retail therapy likely knows, this convenience often can come with an added cost. Trying to curb expenses, but don't want to swear off the convenience of ordering groceries in your PJs? New research shows that shopping on a desktop computer instead of a mobile phone may help you avoid making foolish purchases, according to Co. Design. Ying Zhu, a marketing professor at the University of British Columbia-Okanagan, recently led a study to measure how touchscreen technology affects consumer behavior. Published in the Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services, her research found that people are more likely to make more frivolous, impulsive purchases if they’re shopping on their phones than if they’re facing a computer monitor. Zhu, along with study co-author Jeffrey Meyer of Bowling Green State University, ran a series of lab experiments on student participants to observe how different electronic devices affected shoppers’ thinking styles and intentions. Their aim was to see if subjects' purchasing goals changed when it came to buying frivolous things, like chocolate or massages, or more practical things, like food or office supplies. In one experiment, participants were randomly assigned to use a desktop or a touchscreen. Then, they were presented with an offer to purchase either a frivolous item (a $50 restaurant certificate for $30) or a useful one (a $50 grocery certificate for $30). These subjects used a three-point scale to gauge how likely they were to purchase the offer, and they also evaluated how practical or frivolous each item was. (Participants rated the restaurant certificate to be more indulgent than the grocery certificate.) Sure enough, the researchers found that participants had "significantly higher" purchase intentions for hedonic (i.e. pleasurable) products when buying on touchscreens than on desktops, according to the study. On the flip side, participants had significantly higher purchase intentions for utilitarian (i.e. practical) products while using desktops instead of touchscreens. "The playful and fun nature of the touchscreen enhances consumers' favor of hedonic products; while the logical and functional nature of a desktop endorses the consumers' preference for utilitarian products," Zhu explains in a press release. The study also found that participants using touchscreen technology scored significantly higher on "experiential thinking" than subjects using desktop computers, whereas those with desktop computers demonstrated higher scores for rational thinking. “When you’re in an experiential thinking mode, [you crave] excitement, a different experience,” Zhu explained to Co. Design. “When you’re on the desktop, with all the work emails, that interface puts you into a rational thinking style. While you’re in a rational thinking style, when you assess a product, you’ll look for something with functionality and specific uses.” Zhu’s advice for consumers looking to conserve cash? Stow away the smartphone when you’re itching to splurge on a guilty pleasure. [h/t Fast Company]

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