The stickman is the world's ubiquitous avatar of danger: he's endured every worst case scenario imaginable, and some you may never have imagined. It seems like every new country I visit has dreamed up new ways of torturing the stickman, and I wanted to share a few I'd found myself and a few I've harvested from the web here.
Beware of tidal waves caused by huge chunks of falling glacier
I ran across this at the edge of the Fox glacier in New Zealand. There were pools of freezing meltwater around, but... READ ON
Awareness, cognition, and consciousness: maybe we are one the brink of defining what those things are. At least we are starting to experiment with them. (via Metafilter)
When is it OK to take an open flame on an airplane? When it's the Olympic flame, ignited in Greece and on it's way to Vancouver for the winter games. The Big Picture has 33 photographs of the torch's journey. (via J-Walk Blog)
Photographer Kerry Skarbakka explores the falling human body in a set called The Struggle to Right... READ ON
by Jack... READ ON
From Slate, a slideshow of strange maps that include California as an island, utopia in the shape of a skull, and other cartographic curiosities.... READ ON
In case you weren't obsessively refreshing mentalfloss.com all week, here's what you... READ ON
Time for our weekly reminder of the mental_floss Twitter account's existence. We're pumping out fun facts, 140 characters at a time—facts from back issues, facts from the Amazing Fact Generator, and facts relating to whatever news story people are all worked up about on... READ ON
Here's a little Friday silliness for you. Jonathan Coulton sings "Skullcrusher Mountain," a love song sung from the perspective of an evil genius to his muse/obsessive crush. Representative lyrics:
I made this half-pony/half-monkey monster to please you
But I get the feeling that you don't like it
What's with all the screaming?
You like monkeys, you like ponies...
Maybe you don't like monsters so much.
Maybe I used too many monkeys?
Isn't it enough to know that I ruined a pony making a gift... READ ON
I saw that Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was on the other day and I refused to watch it. It just seems so early! But I probably should have tuned in for two reasons: it might have been my only shot this season, and it would have been nice of me to acknowledge everyone's favorite Christmas misfit on his 70th birthday. To make up for neglecting our crimson-nosed friend, we'll dedicate today's Q10 to him.
1. Rudolph was created in 1939 when the department store Montgomery Ward asked one of their... READ ON
Yesterday, we ran through the top 10 stories posted in November. But 11-15 on that list were definitely worth a mention. These stories happened to fall into two distinct categories: food &... READ ON
It takes a certain kind of chutzpah to crash high profile events. Aspiring reality show stars Tareq and Michaele Salahi, who crashed a state dinner at the White House last week, are just the latest in a long line of publicity-starved trespassers.
1. David... READ ON
The natural world is full of amazing colors and beauty, particularly within bodies of water. A recent post on Simon Seeks features some of the most incredible lakes from all over the world.
The lakes featured above are the Plitvice Lakes in Croatia. As you can see in the photo, the lakes are known for their cascading waterfalls and stunning colors. What's truly fascinating about these lakes though are their constant changing of colors depending on the minerals and organisms in the water. Even the angle... READ ON
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. On to this week's topics of... READ ON
Doris Duke's father died when she was 12 years old. James Buchanan Duke, a tobacco and energy mogul, left his daughter around $100 million, which earned her the title "the richest girl in the world" and made her something of a national celebrity. Duke would spend the rest of her life enjoying a series of high-profile love affairs and dabbling in philanthropy and horticulture. Here are five things you might not have known about the famed heiress: 1. She Really Liked a Man in... READ ON
Jesus Christ Dismissed from Jury Duty
A woman named Jesus Christ was called for jury duty in Birmingham, Alabama this week, but was dismissed for disruptive behavior. Her name was Dorothy Lola Killingworth before she legally changed it.
Court officials told The Birmingham News Tuesday that the 59-year-old was excused because she was disruptive and kept asking questions instead of answering them.
Efforts to reach Christ for comment were unsuccessful.
Elf Arrested Over Dynamite... READ ON
Dr. Ruth was trained as a sniper by the Israeli military.