“Wet Houses” are hospices for alcoholics, where they can drink themselves to death. If you don’t want to quit drinking, at least you’ll find a bed and safety from street violence. (via Metafilter)
A little car trouble, according to this email from a guy out camping. (via reddit)
It looks like the Robocop statue for Detroit is fully funded! The mayor may have to take a second look at the idea.
The Legend of Lincoln’s Fence Rail. He was honest, but still a politician who valued some spin on... READ ON
You’ve probably heard about The King’s Speech, the Oscar contender about King George VI and his struggle against his stutter. A surprising number of leaders have overcome their stammers and gone on to shape history (for better or worse). Here are just a few of them, starting with Queen Elizabeth’s... READ ON
Geeks, nerds and dorks attend! Tonight for The Late Movies are a spattering of geeky tributes for your enjoyment. Know of a few others? Leave them in the comments section.
Leading off tonight, is “Hail To The Geek” by Deaf Pedestrians.
To the tune of “Hey There Delilah,” here is a tribute to everyone’s favorite former-CIA-turned-Phoenix-Foundation-Uber-Geek, MacGyver.
Here’s “Mario Kart Love Song” by Sam Hart.
What’s geekier than math puns? Singing those math puns a cappella.... READ ON
The day when we will use microbots to perform surgery from the inside of the body is getting closer. Scientists have figured out how to steer them with electricity. (via Boing Boing)
You like fizzy drinks and pop rocks, don’t you? For a healthy alternative, you can carbonate your own fresh fruit.
Locked in a Vegas Hotel Room with a Phantom Flex. If someone handed you a video camera that recorded 2,564 frames per second, you’d stay up all night playing with it, too! (via Cynical-C)
Baby Trashes... READ ON
I love flash mobs. Love them. I know they might be a nuisance to some, but something about total strangers banding together to bust out into seemingly random dance and/or song just makes me smile. Unfortunately, flash mobs don’t happen very often in my part of the world, so I’ll have to make do with watching these. Hopefully you enjoy them as much as I do.
1. Glee. I’ve made no bones about my love for this show, so people bursting into “Don’t Stop Believing,” “Proud Mary,”... READ ON
James Bond has done ample traveling in most of his films, including several trips to the United States. And while he hasn’t been seen visiting the White House, we imagine that the agent and our commander-in-chief would get along famously.
In today’s more-difficult-than-mos quiz, you’ll try to match up the titles of nine 007 films with the nine men who held the office of U.S. president when those movies were initially released. Good luck!
Take the Quiz: Mr. Bond, meet Mr.... READ ON
What’s the difference between animals we can domesticate and animals we can’t? It’s in the genes, and it turns out that when we selectively breed friendly animals, we also get cute and smart animals.
The Soviets always wanted to build ever bigger, better, and more modern buildings. Some of those projects look downright freakish to 21st century eyes. (via Metafilter)
Watch a 3D video mapping experiment called Living Room. A white room and furniture is assigned different colors and textures and... READ ON
I’m not the kind of person who typically cares about crappy movie remakes of formerly popular TV shows. But the 2000 release of The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle irked me. Here, enjoy a full episode. (Sneak peek: Moon moose!)
See Also: 11 Things You Should Know About Rocky &... READ ON
Typos are rarely a good thing, but when they’re literally set in stone – well, those are monumental mistakes. Check out eight famous pieces of garbled granite, along with two that look like errors but aren’t.
(Sorry for all of the bad puns. Sometimes I can’t help myself.)
1. James K. Polk, 10th President of the United States. If history buffs (and/or They Might Be Giants fans) just gasped in horror, they have good reason to – Polk was our 11th POTUS. But that’s not what his first epitaph... READ ON
Michael Jackson wanted to do a Harry Potter musical. J.K. Rowling said no.