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Pre-Enlightenment scientific gewgaws

Mary

Yes, they're medieval; no, they're not instruments of torture (or dentistry). The...

Why your mom's wrong when she says "Sit up straight"

Will Pearson

The headless woman pictured at left is working really hard at sitting with good posture but it turns out sitting up straight is pretty stressful on your back.

Christmas Eve of the Living Dead

Mary

Ain't It Cool News has the perfect gift for your local grinch and/or zombie fan: "This is a post-apocalyptic tale where zombies and mutant hordes run rampant and the violence soon reaches t

It's loud, it's infuriating, it's ... clocky

Ransom Riggs

"He knows when you're sleeping, he knows when you're awake; Clocky, the alarm clock that runs away and hides to get you out of bed." Everybody knew somebody like this in college:

Reward: $ 0.05

Ransom Riggs

This is the worst lost dog notice I've ever read. Was the dog ever found? We don't know.

What is the worth of a human soul?

Mary

I guess the free market is one way to find out. Gerald Fraller is selling his own soul on his personal website.

Great "Stuff"

Jason English

Nothing I like better than misused quotes in signs. And I was just turned on to a tremendous Flickr group dedicated to this very topic.

Special of the Day for Blog Readers

Will Pearson

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Mary

Michelle Collins is pointing her readers to a site that lets you impose your text on famous images, like the Einstein-at-the-chalkboard photo we blogged about all the way back in March.

Nazi weather forecasts from Canada

Mary

Really.

Was King George III a bloodsucking freak?

Ransom Riggs

It's widely known that King George III was crazy as a loon.

Special of the Day for Blog Readers

Will Pearson

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Mamma mia -- it's the band that won't go away

Ransom Riggs

They broke up in 1982, after ten chart-topping years and at least five songs I can't get out of my head, even today, despite hypnotherapy.

Ship-rex tremendous

David K. Israel

Earlier this month, marine archeologists stumbled upon a once in an aquatic lifetime find off the coast of Spain: a 2000-year-old shipwreck. According to this AP article from the Toronto Star: The

Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Scientist: Zhang Zhihe

Mary

Oh, yeah, baby, gimme some of that sweet, sweet video action.

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