Reed Hastings was inspired to start Netflix after a $40 late fee on a VHS copy of Apollo 13.
Most scuba divers like to enjoy the beauty and majesty of the world under the waves, but some people like to explore areas that are a little more morbid.
Happy Flag Day, everybody! Have you ever wondered why flags are flown at half-staff in times of mourning? What length of time is appropriate? How'd the tradition get started?
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Gobar gas, a byproduct of the decomposition of cow dung, other waste, and any biomass, fuels villages in Nepal and many parts of Asia. The benefits go way beyond saving money and the environment.
by Craig Dorfman
Given their shared preoccupation with kidnapping, family dysfunction and untimely death, it's sort of surprising that Lifetime and Megadeth don't share more fans.
Around 1959 in Notting Hill Tube Station, the passageways to the lift were sealed off for improvements.
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From Jan I bring you your newest fascination: Cooking with Dog is a bizarre Japanese cooking show "˜hosted' by Francis—a seemingly sedated, tear-stained poodle who kindly translate
Take today’s a Google a day challenge!
Once you’ve gotten the answer, e-mail me the name of the actor who most frequently played today’s answer on Saturday Night Live.
In the US, there are game shows and there are variety shows. In Japan, the two are often blurred, as the goal is entertaining the audience more than winning a competition.
I have spent my life on Mars, in a cave, with my fingers in my ears. What, pray tell, is a flight
Here's a bit of nerdy awesomeness for your Friday afternoon: David Byrne (of Talking Heads) gives a TED Talk about how different rooms (performance venues) affect music.
Borneo is the world's third-largest island and its biodiversity is so amazing that Adam Tomasek, the environmentalist leader of WWF's team for Heart of Borneo region, estimates that "o
Every Friday, I post a series of unrelated questions meant to spark conversation in the comments. Answer one, answer all, respond to someone else's reply, whatever you want. Very casual.
You may remember friend-of-the-site Afghanistan Sam, an American expat living in Kabul whose guest-blog from a few years back about how to buy, butcher, and spit-roast a sheep for one's girlfrien