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I read two exciting things in this month's terrific Esquire, and surprisingly enough they were both penned by mental_floss contributor Doug Cantor. (Nice job, Doug!) Anyway, I figured they were too interesting not to post about, so here goes"¦
#1) Apparently, there's a new type of Baseball Pitch?
Dubbed the Gyroball, the throw is the first entirely new baseball pitch to enter the sport since the split-fingered fastball?! Developed by two Japanese scientists who are... READ ON
#2) Make cheap wine taste great in minutes!
While Tom Hanks proved in Big that speeding through puberty isn't always the best idea, at least for humans, Japanese scientist Hiroshi Tanaka, feels differently about the effect... READ ON
Being the son of a Pre-school teacher I can't help but admire this sort of paper work. These amazing sculptures were all created by Peter Callesen, an artist from Denmark. And while I've only posted a few of his works below, you should definitely check out more at his site here. Link, via... READ ON
Hey, we're not judging. If you want to spend your free time (and cash) betting on gastropod races down at the track, we're fine with that—we're just here to give you a tip. When inspecting the snails at the start line, make sure to put your dough on the least slimy creature. According to New Scientist magazine, researchers at MIT have modeled snail movement, and determined that part of the reason for this is that the mucus that snails and slugs generate has a truly unusual... READ ON
CNN is reporting that wheelchair-bound physics genius Stephen Hawking is looking for some hired help. Apparently, the job description reads: "Bright graduate student to assist world-famous scientist. International travel, developing computer systems and dealing with the press required." And while the pay is in the mid-$40,000s (you'd think Hawking would have a bit more in the bank for some good help), it certainly beats waiting tables -- at least if you're really into physics. Click here for more... READ ON
God, pythons are such gluttons. As if swallowing an electric blanket wasn't bad enough (see here), a Malaysian specimen gulped down a pregnant (PREGNANT?!) sheep and then couldn't move. In fact, according to The Times Online, firefighters had to help push it off the street to aid traffic. Strangely enough, the snakes are infamous for bursting in attempts to swallow enormous portions (like trying to down elephants and alligators). Of course, while pythons do tend to eat a lot, they seem to... READ ON
For all the Ziggys and Charlie Browns out there who seem to be plagued by perpetual rain clouds hovering over their heads, the MY-DAY umbrella has your damp-weather solution. The beauty of these electronic paper umbrellas, designed by Hsiao Yong-li, is that the pattern on the inside can be tweaked daily to aid your mood. For instance, if you want to feel like you're wandering through a sunny forest, simply download the scene into your umbrella's handle, and venture out into the cold rain. Not... READ ON
I don't know if this is a hoax or not, but I saw it on Popgadget, and figured it was too funny-looking not to post about. It's a genius idea, though: a motorized cooler that runs on gas or electric, costs about $350, comes in a variety of colors, and goes up to 15 miles per hour! And apparently, they're working on a wagon so your pup can ride along. Better still, the so-called vehicle is light enough that you can still tote it about when you're sick of puttering along.
Of... READ ON
I saw these great pics at TheCellar of La Tomatina, the tomato festival in BuÃ±ol, Spain. Apparently, 30,000 people flock to the event, which features music, parades, fireworks, a paella cook off, and one enormous tomato food fight. According to what I can see, the town seems to dump truckloads of overripe ammunition for the people to use. From Wikipedia:
Once it begins, the battle is generally every man for himself, but it is not uncommon for it to develop into girls vs. guys. Those who partake in this... READ ON
I don't know if you've seen, but there's been a lot of hullabaloo over this ad (left) from Canadian company Simply Audio Books, which had plastered Bush's image on billboards across Toronto, and is now taking them down in the name of diplomacy. And while we're not in the business of politics and political commentary (we'll leave that to the smarter blogs), it is interesting that Simply Audio Books hasn't been doing their reading. According to The New Yorker,... READ ON
Barry Manilow did not write his hit "I Write the Songs."