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Three Things I Didn't Know About Simon Cowell

Jason English

"¢ He dropped out of school at age 16. "¢ He's produced albums by WWF Superstars, David Hasselhoff and the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. "¢ Stanley Kubrick purchased Cowell&#

The PopSci Podcast From the Moon

Chris Higgins

Long-time readers may recall that we're big fans of Jonathan Coulton. In celebrating his entire catalog, we came across a podcast he produces...from the moon!

The Eiffel Tower: a "truly tragic street lamp"

Miss Cellania

When the Eiffel Tower was first built, it was the tallest building in the world. At 986 feet, it was almost twice as tall as the previous tallest building, the Washington Monument.

Creep yourself out with a haunted portrait

Ransom Riggs

We're not altogether certain who would want one of these in their house, unless you've got a collection of shrunken heads and necklaces woven from human hair for them to go along with.

Greg Veis, YouTube Hunter Gives You Jonathan Glazer


In this the third part of our ongoing 433-part series, Better Know a Director, we'll do a once-over on the work of Jonathan Glazer. The Fightin' Glazer.

How To: Fuel Your Car With Thanksgiving Leftovers

Maggie Koerth-Baker

Question: What's greasy, grimy, and surprisingly useful? Answer: Turkey guts"¦and a lot of other stuff, too.

Tuesday Turnip

David K. Israel

It's time for another whimsical Tuesday Turnip search wherein I type a random phrase and we see what kind of interesting factoids "turn-up." In honor of the NCAA tournament, today I

Fake Your Way Through a Conversation About: St. Augustine

Maggie Koerth-Baker

Name Dropping: Saint Augustine (Saint Uh-GUSS-tin if you're trying to impress people; St. AWW-guh-steen if you're talking about the town in Florida): (354-430).

The Road to Hana...is Paved with Wild Boars


I'm in Maui right now--a first-timer to the islands--and wishing I could go back in time & add my name to the list of Punahou alums (but then I'd no longer be in the company of

How to see into the 6th dimension

Ransom Riggs

The trouble with string theory, physicists will tell you, is that it's just that: an elegant and compelling theory.

For People Who Hate Waiting Rooms

Jason English

Remember when doctors made house calls? I don't. During infirmities such as scarlet fever, pneumonia, concussions and stepped-on-broken-glass, no doctor ever came to me.

Gasoline Powered Boots

Chris Higgins

In order to make running laps in phys-ed class easier, Viktor Gordeyev invented gasoline-powered boots. These super-boots are capable of propelling the wearer at upwards of 20 miles per hour.

A car made from water bottles

Ransom Riggs

Hyundai isn't exactly a company know for its eco-friendly innovations, but their new concept SUV, the QarmaQ, definitely pushes the eco envelope.

It's Baseball Season 2007: Hats Off!

David K. Israel

As another baseball season gets underway, I thought I'd let you all in on a very important change this year: NEW CAPS!

Notable Alumni from Hawaii's Punahou School

Jason English

The Times recently wrote about Barack Obama's time at Punahou School in Hawaii. The article mentioned that AOL founder Steve Case was also a graduate.