Reed Hastings was inspired to start Netflix after a $40 late fee on a VHS copy of Apollo 13.
AJ was having computer problems earlier, so I was more than happy to relay this message from him (and take credit for it):
I may be way late to this party, but I loved the Onion's parody of Wiki
Today I'm in New York, my favorite city of sin (sorry, Vegas), so to honor my surroundings I thought I'd parcel out some goodies from our book Forbidden Knowledge: A Wickedly Smart Guide to
In a development that should please AJ to no end, scientists have found a link between the pharoah Tutankhamun and the Tunguska Event (aside from their both starting with T and being impossible to spe
From the New Scientist Short Sharp Science blog:
A California conceptual artist claims he has "painstakingly decoded" alien artwork broadcast from deep space.
I know I joked a couple weeks ago about Amazon.com opening a church, but seems I wasn't too far off!
According to today's Variety, "Amazon.com is going from peddler to producer.
mental_floss' favorite inventor Nikola Tesla, who famously dreamed up AC current amongst a million other things, and inspired the names for the rock bands Tesla and AC/DC (or at least the first-h
In one of the happier stories that I've read today, Reuters is reporting that a Polish man unintentionally saved a 110 lb.
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PZ Myers of Pharyngula is trying to identify the fuzzy thing at right:
I got a request to help identify this bizarre creature.
I was reading G4's The Feed blog today (which I highly recommend, by the way), when I saw that G4 was strutting about and patting itself on the back for obtaining the exclusive rights to re-broad
Back in my old New York apartment, whenever my roommate would jump on the bed, begin shrieking, and start dropping books on the floor, I knew exactly what the sound meant: a spider had infiltrated the
Pennylicious, the new money blog from Alex of Neatorama fame, has a great bit on "hell money," which (name notwithstanding) doesn't seem to have anything to do with taxes:
We promise, we'll quit with the ice-cream fixation once the weather cools down, but:
In its quest to create ice cream as voluptuous as butter and as virtuous as broccoli, the ice cream industry
One of my favorite blogs at the moment is Effect Measure, which is theoretically all about pressing public health issues but also includes such nuggets as "Paul Revere was a member of the first l
If you think having to ferry around three screaming kids in a minivan is bad, try carpooling with a swarm of backseat-driving bees, like these British researchers:
Bumblebees are being dropped off a