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Wilt Chamberlain was born on this date in 1936. Let's check his math on his most famous
A friend of mine recently got pinkeye. Whenever she put in her eye drops, she noticed a distinct and very unpleasant taste on the back of her tongue. What’s up with
Biologists used to think that purrs were the sound of blood surging through cats’ inferior vena cava, the large vein that carries blood from the lower half of the body into the heart. More recent research suggests that the sound is actually produced by laryngeal muscles, which are responsible for moving the vocal cords and opening and closing the glottis (space between the
Presidents & Politicians What's with presidents and High Noon? 1. Barack Obama-- The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather: Part II (1974) When Katie Couric asked then-presidential-candidate Barack Obama what his favorite movie is, he replied, "Oh, I think it would have to be The Godfather. One and Two. Three not so much. That saga-- I love that movie....I think my favorite has to be, the opening scene of the first Godfather... It sets the tone for the whole movie." 2. Ronald Reagan-- High Noon
Please Don’t Swear to God. He May Not Like It. What do deities think of dirty language? * Internet Powers Activate: To Save This Dog A wounded dog is rescued, thanks in part to the power of the web. * People Who Love Their Jobs: The Pop Culture Detective Check out Bob Egan’s PopSpots website where he tracks down the locations of famous album cover art. Make sure to click through to each individual entry so you can see the locations in more detail. (Via NME) * Up Through the Glass
Today, the fastest man ever turns 26 years old. Olympic hero Usain Bolt was born in Jamaica on this day in 1986. He is the first man to hold both the 100 meter and 200 meter world records since fully automatic time measurements became mandatory in 1977. Basically, he should serve as everyone's inspiration to get off the couch and run around the block. But, first, watch six videos about his awesome success. IAAF World Championship Track and Field, 2009 In 2009, Bolt beat Tyson Gay to set a new word
In June, ICANN announced that over 1,400 new generic top-level domain names (in other words,.wedding,.sex, were under consideration to join the and its kin. Weirdness has ensued. A Brief Technical Lesson In the world of web domains, there are two crucial parts: the Domain Name itself (like "mentalfloss") and the Top Level Domain (like ".com"). Those Top Level Domains (TLDs) are broken up into two broad categories: "generic" (gTLDs),.net,.org,.biz, and
Tomatoes contain two pigments for photosynthesis—chlorophyll, which is green, and lycopene, which is red. When tomatoes start to grow, they contain much less lycopene than chlorophyll, which gives them their green color. But when harvest season arrives, the days shorten and temperatures drop, causing chlorophyll to dissolve and lycopene to take over the shade of the fruit. During this time, sugar levels rise, acid levels drop, and the tomato softens. It becomes ready to
by David Wanczyk Novels, movies, cartoons, tattoos... everything is better on the second
In this funny 15-minute TED Talk, special effects guru Rob Legato explains, shot by shot, how he made visual effects work in Apollo 13, Titanic, and Hugo. In addition to making great models, he did it by observing what people noticed versus what they saw. A sample quote regarding the Saturn V launch he recreated for Apollo 13: "[The shot was about] what they remembered it looked like-- but not what it really looked like." Legato's message here is relevant for any kind of artist: it's more important to
It’s pretty hard to argue that modern cake decorators aren’t artists, especially when you look at some of their takes on games, horror movies and children’s stories. Today's featured cake decorators have taken on the art of some of the world’s greatest painters. 1.
This year's college freshmen were born in 1994, and seeing the world from their point of view will make you feel old. Unless, of course, you happen to be a college freshman. * NASA's Kepler mission has found 2299 objects that may be planets (so far). This animation shows them drawn to scale as if they were all orbiting around a single star. * 25 Actors Who Were on Law & Order Before You Knew Who They Were. And it's a treat to see them in reruns and realize how long ago that was. * A retired Air
Stickmen May Not Have Organs, But They Do Have Feelings The plight of the stickman doesn’t get nearly enough attention these days. Please be warned, his inevitable fate does produce a few NSFW phrases. * Dr. Seuss Was An Oil Man Before he created the beloved books you know him for, Dr. Seuss created ads for the oil industry. And, just so you know, the one fish and the two fish did not turn into a red fish and a blue fish as a result of an oil spill. * How the Great Lakes Are Changing the
Installment #32: In the early years of the 20th century, the United States, a burgeoning industrial power, looked to protect its booming overseas commerce with a powerful navy. Naval spending jumped from $55 million in 1900 to $139 million by 1910, and by 1912 the U.S. Navy was second only to Britain’s Royal Navy. The successful world tour of the Great White Fleet from 1907-1909 further convinced the American public and lawmakers of the importance of naval power, and the U.S. didn’t hesitate
Reader Donna wrote in wondering why there are AA, AAA, C and D batteries, but no B. Well, there used to be, but they’re not really needed
The heart is the most important muscle in the body, so it seems like something of a marketing ploy by the folks at Bayer to suggest that something so simple as a humble aspirin tablet can be of any use when this life-sustaining organ goes into epic fail mode. But it’s true: next to calling 911 immediately, taking an aspirin is one of your best bets when it comes to surviving a cardiac event. As Ben Affleck once said in a shampoo commercial, here comes the science.We all have platelets in our blood
Missile engineer Destin (last name undisclosed) made waves a few weeks back with his video explaining Why Cats Usually Land on Their Feet. His YouTube channel is full of great stuff-- here are some favorites to make you, yes, a little smarter every day. Eliminating "Poop Splash" "Is there a way we can eliminate...poop splash?" This is surprisingly clean for a video involving "fecal simulants." Around 2:40 the answer is revealed. SCIENCE IN ACTION! As Destin's wife says, "You're welcome."
Johnny Weissmuller made it famous. Carol Burnett made it funny. But the origin of Hollywood’s iconic jungle cry is shrouded in
Each week Miss Kathleen provides links to a variety of stories about libraries, authors, and books. If there’s something noteworthy going on in your local library, leave us a comment! I hope you enjoyed last week's list! Here's another great library site that I recommend: I Work At A Public Library. After you have worked at a public library, you will know just how much potential that name has. * And here's another list for you: 25 Libraries on Pinterest! Enjoy those, pinners! Thanks to Stephen's
There are probably blackout periods you can’t remember at all from your childhood, and the memories you do have are likely hazy and garbled. Although pretty much everyone experiences this phenomenon known as childhood amnesia, its causes are still somewhat of an enigma. Here are 4 hypotheses that might explain why you can’t remember much from your pre-kindergarten days.1. Your Brain Was UnderdevelopedMany neuroscientists argue that infants can’t lay down long-term memories because their brains