Salon
Salon

A Bit of A Mess

Salon
Salon

It’s A Bit of A Mess

Who would have ever thought that trading actual money for lines of code in a computer would be a poor financial investment

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Making Good Time

Take a video tour of the U.S. Naval Observatory, where the official time we all use is maintained.

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Be Big

If time and the universe and everything contained therein make you feel small and insignificant, allow Neil DeGrasse-Tyson to explain why you shouldn’t.

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Justifying Your Pig Out Session With Math

Here is why you should always order the bigger pizza. I did that very thing last night. I’m a regular Pythagoras.

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Why All the Questions?

How did Jeopardy come up with the backward answer-question format? Ken Jennings explores the origin.

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How the Beginning Should Have Ended

Here is how Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins should have concluded.

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David vs. Goliath: Basketball Edition

In this entertaining video a 7-foot tall basketball player uses his vastly superior height to show up a little kid. Then the kid comes right back and uses his vastly inferior height to embarrass the guy right back.

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50 Things to Know About Aquaman
Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. and Ratpac-Dune Entertainment LLC
Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. and Ratpac-Dune Entertainment LLC

50 Things to Know About Aquaman. To be precise: About the Aquaman movie set to hit theaters in December.

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Barbie is Now a Woke Vlogger. For a toy fashion model, her advice for young women is amazingly spot-on.

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This Is Your Brain on Fatherhood. Only about 10 percent of mammalian species provide paternal care for babies, but those who do have a better chance of survival.

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What Does a Six-Legged Robot Flowerpot Do? It seeks out sunlight, water, and whatever else the plant may need.

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Hospital Food: Unappetizing Meals for Sick People. The switch from home convalescence to feeding a variety of inpatients is the reason hospital food is so bad.

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Are You a Money Ostrich? The first step toward understanding your financial situation is to stop avoiding it.

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The Secretive Mega-Companies Behind Your Glasses. Chances are that your lenses and frames are made by two companies that control the global market.

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10 Beloved Animals From Ancient History. Their monuments have lasted thousands of years.

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For a Brief, Glorious Moment, Camera-Wielding Pigeons Spied From Above
Agence Rol, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons
Agence Rol, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

For a Brief, Glorious Moment, Camera-Wielding Pigeons Spied From Above. Julius Neubronner lost a pigeon and developed avian photography.

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How Many Nukes Would It Take to Send the Earth Spiraling Off Into the Sun? More than we have now, but we can still easily destroy ourselves.

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11 Exercises That Will Strengthen Your Attention. Building useful habits will make you more observant.

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A Classic Animated Film That Explores What Happens When No One Dares to Stand Up to Evil. The Hangman from 1964 illustrates a poem by Maurice Ogden.

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The Extraordinary Life of Martha Gellhorn, the Woman Ernest Hemingway Tried to Erase. She was the only woman on the beach at Normandy during the D-Day invasion.

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Dirty, Dishonest, and Badly Behaved: Sophia Jarvis, Victorian Maid. Did she stand a chance in court against her abusive employer?

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8 Questionable Decisions People Have Made to Keep Playing Pokemon Go. Two years later, it's hard to understand the mania that surrounded the game.

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