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Watch Paul Rudd and Stephen Hawking Play an Intense Game of Quantum Chess

For a recent video project titled Anyone Can Quantum, Caltech's Institute for Quantum Information and Matter teamed up with Trouper Productions to present a Quantum Chess match between two unlikely opponents: theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking and actor Paul Rudd. (Oh yeah, and Keanu Reeves narrates.)

As if chess itself wasn't complex enough, Quantum Chess is a variation of the classic game that incorporates—you guessed it—quantum physics. Invented by Selim Akl, a professor at the Queen's School of Computing in Ontario, Canada, the game can not be explained simply, even to those who have a pretty good understanding of conventional chess. (But you can take a crack at comprehending the basics.) As serious as the game sounds, neither Hawking nor Rudd seem to take their match too seriously.

As the YouTube description reads, "The game is real and the stakes are high as the future of humanity hangs in the balance." Hawking trash talks Rudd about taking him down, while Rudd uses self-referential humor, pretends to study the science, and puts on his best nervous face as he tries to go toe-to-toe with the genius. We won't spoil the ending for you, but look out for a special cameo and prepare to choose a side.

[h/t: Mashable]

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Watch Jeopardy! Contestants Bomb Every Single Question in the Football Category
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Jeopardy! contestants may know their word puzzles and 19th-century English literature, but sports aficionados they are not. At least that was the case with the lineup of contestants competing in the game that aired February 1. According to The Daily Dot, the players bombed all five questions in last night’s football category, provoking sassy remarks from Alex Trebek.

After blowing through the rest of the board and leaving the entire “Talkin’ Football” category untouched, contestants reluctantly dove in. The clues, which dealt with popular teams and basic plays, left everyone stumped. After the first clue was met with deafening silence, Trebek could already see how the end of the round would play out. “I can tell you guys are big football fans,” he quipped. His other stinging one-liners included: “Do you think we should go to commercial?” and “If you guys ring in and get this one, I will die.”

Luckily the episode also included some non-sports categories, so the show was able to go on.

[h/t The Daily Dot]

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This Snow Sculpture of a Car Was So Convincing Cops Tried to Write It a Ticket
Photo composite, Mental Floss. Car, ticket, Simon Laprise. Background, iStock.
Photo composite, Mental Floss. Car, ticket, Simon Laprise. Background, iStock.

Winter is a frustrating time to be on the road, but one artist in Montreal has found a way to make the best of it. As CBS affiliate WGCL-TV reports, his snow sculpture of a DeLorean DMC-12 was so convincing that even the police were fooled.

Simon Laprise of L.S.D Laprise Simon Designs assembled the prank car using snow outside his home in Montreal. He positioned it so it appeared to be parked along the side of the road, and with the weather Montreal has been having lately, a car buried under snow wasn’t an unusual sight.

A police officer spotted the car and was prepared to write it a ticket before noticing it wasn’t what it seemed. He called in backup to confirm that the car wasn’t a car at all.

Instead of getting mad, the officers shared a good laugh over it. “You made our night hahahahaha :)" they wrote on a fake ticket left on the snow sculpture.

The masterpiece was plowed over the next morning, but you can appreciate Laprise’s handiwork in the photos below.

Snow sculpture.

Snow sculpture of car.

Snow sculpture of car.

Note written in French.

[h/t WGCL-TV]

All images courtesy of Simon Laprise.

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