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The first blackmailers were Scottish landlords who exploited farmers by making them pay rent in livestock or services if they couldn't pay in cash. The goods they had to hand over were usually worth more than the rent owed, and the landlords didn't make change.
Around the same time, local chieftains started going after the same farmers with the kind of scheme the mafia usually refers to as "selling insurance." They made an offer the farmers couldn't refuse: pay a fee for... READ ON
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With April Fools' Day being today, we figured it might be a good time to look back on the humble origins of the pranky day, so we turned to a passage in our origins book: In the Beginning. Here's what we've got:
If someone tries to tell you today's tradition goes back to the switch from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar in 1582, feel free to call his bluff. What is true is that the calendar year used to start at the end of March under the Julian schematic. Legend claims that because news... READ ON
Sure,we could make the obligatory Keith Richards gag here, but dinosaur jokes are so Mesozoic Era. Why don't we just fast forward to the stories and deliver some Satisfaction... READ ON
New Scientist, easily our favorite science magazine, has a fascinating piece on how scientists at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign have come up with a genius new way of building circuits. While still built from the same old materials (plastic and silicone), these new circuits can both stretch and bend (it's like your motherboard on yoga!). In fact, they can even be folded around coins. Of course, why the scientists chose to bend them up against coins, the article refuses to reveal. What the... READ ON
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Twitter's bird logo is named Larry, for Larry Bird.