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First there was the guitar/gun; then there was the stove/chair. Now, just in time for the holiday season,Â from the charmingly Engrish-by-way-of-France website Singulier,Â there's the coathanger/mixer.
Wonder if fits in a... READ ON
Hey kids! And geeky adults! American Inventor Spot has a handy listÂ for you to use when your mom/wife/roommate starts heckling you about spending too much time in front of your Wii and not enoughÂ time in the gym -- video games that help you lose weight. We all know about DDR already, but my favorite isÂ the prototype forÂ Tetris Weightlifting:Â
Break out the leg warmers and big hair, we're going back to the eighties for this one. Not since the graphing calculator has there been a better use... READ ON
"Glossolalia" is a practice that started in American charismatic churches around the turn of the 19th century, but that's not what you know it as -- it's more commonly called "speaking in tongues." In fact, the only reason we know the fancy term for it is that for the first time, scientists have scanned the brains of people while they, er, glossolaliazed:
In the study, the researchers used imaging techniques to track changes in blood flow in each woman's brain in two conditions, once as she sang a... READ ON
Yes, this is a family website. Yes, it's well before 5 p.m., at least in this time zone. No, neither one of those facts is going to prevent me from posting this German web toy, in which you use your cursor (which you can't see) to get the drunken fool... READ ON
Yesterday I told you about the MITÂ non-Newtonian fluidÂ known as cookie dough; today's MITnNf is spider silk, which the university is trying to manufacture in the lab.Â Â
Manufactured spider silk could be used for artificial tendons and ligaments, sutures, parachutes and bulletproof vests. But engineers have not managed to do what spiders do effortlessly. ...
Spiders don't actually spin ("spinning" refers to the age-old art of drawing out and twisting fibers to form thread); instead, they... READ ON
Some people call it Election Day; I call it Christmas. Network news anchors nattering on with hardly anything substantive to report for hours, until they spin into the Realm of the Truly Weird around 1 a.m.; endless refreshes on Talking Points Memo, Drudge, and Mystery Pollster; breathless phone calls to anyone who shares my excitement about the likely outcome of Arizona's Eighth District -- yeah, I'll say it: better than sex.
Why? Because Election Day, like coitus, is all about the build-up, and... READ ON
We'll say it again: we love two-headed animals. We also love it when art and science work together. So we really can't resist this slideshow on Slate, which combines our two great passions:
Over the years, Boston artist Rosamond Purcell has photographed goliath beetles and translucent bats culled from the backrooms of natural history museums; a collection of teeth pulled by Peter the Great [editor's note: that's them above]; moles flayed by naturalist Willem Cornelis van Heurn; and scores of worn and... READ ON
I know this has been floating around the Interweb for a few months, which means we're a little late with it, but quit your whining and let the Complaints Choir of Helsinki show you how it's done:
The Complaints Choir isn't just funny -- it's a form of national catharsis:
Complaints are gathered from the opening of ARS 06 onwards in various ways. Anyone can register for the choir to perform a song compiled and composed on the basis of the complaints, a singing voice is not a prerequisite. Choir... READ ON
I spent all weekend slaving over my first novel, pounding the keyboard of my antique typewriter and tossing crumpled, slightly-less-than-perfect drafts over my shoulder. ... Actually, the only fiction I've written in the past 72 hours is the preceding sentence; I spent this weekend at a bachelorette party. But I like the idea of a weekend spent agonizing over a novel, so I'm taking this opportunity to remind you that this is National Novel Writing Month, in which a whole bunch of people (more than 59,000... READ ON
M&M’s stands for “Mars & Murrie’s,” the last names of the candy’s founders.