Unskippable GEICO Ad

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Not that I really want to run a free advertisement, but every once in a while the entertainment value is well worth it. This is just a GEICO ad -at least the first 12 seconds. But it appears that they felt the need to fill up a minute of time anyway, so after the ad is when the fun begins! Because that’s when the dog takes the stage -or the dining room, in this case. Therefore, you can consider this a cute dog video. -via Daily Picks and Flicks

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A Week in the Life of a Japanese Salaried Worker

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The workforce in Japan is known for dealing with long and brutal hours. Salaried employees have little time for a life outside of work. In this footage, a man who calls himself "Stu in Tokyo" visits the city and arranges to experience being a salaried worker there. I am exhausted just watching him. What a soul crushing life that would be! It makes me grateful for any free time that I have. -Via Viral Viral Videos


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Lady Thor - Rather Striking, Isn't She?


Lady Thor (Full Color) by SilverBaX

The god of thunder returned to Earth in a new form sleeker and more streamlined than that bulky old frame, and despite the leering and jeering from those who knew Thor when she was a he this new body suited the Asgardian well. It took Thor a while to adjust to the additions and subtractions of the new body, the strengths and weaknesses versus the old, but once Thor stopped feeling like a turtle in a shell he found that his foes fell before him just as fast as before...

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The 18 Best Fantasy Movies of the 1980s

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The 1980s was a glorious time for cinema. Audiences could swoon over soaring science fiction epics like Dune and Return of the Jedi. It was also a high time for fantasy film making. Leah Schnelbach of Tor has ranked 18 of them. They include some of my favorites of the genre, including Krull, Conan the Barbarian, and The Beastmaster.

Krull is a sadly neglected work that has not received the attention that it deserves. It is not a truly great movie, but it is consistently entertaining. I became enamored of it in my youth. By the time I was 16, I had watched it so many times that I could recite the dialogue from memory.

What movies on the list do you like? Are there any films you would add to it?


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Prankster In A Tuxedo Uses Fake Oscar Trophy To Get Free Stuff

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Every year around this time the entire entertainment industry, and the entire city of Los Angeles, prepares for the onset of awards season, with the Oscars being the granddaddy of them all.

It's not uncommon to see tuxedo clad winners heading out for a night on the town, celebrating their victory with Oscar in hand. But do you actually need to win an Oscar to celebrate like an Oscar winner?

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Prankster/actor Comedian Mark David Christenson proves that you don't need to win an Oscar to get free stuff from star struck Hollywood in this NewMediaRockstars video.

All you need is a winning attitude and a replica Oscar statue (sold on Hollywood Blvd. in souvenir shops for around $19.95) and people will hook you up with all the free crap (and public adoration) you can handle, including a car!

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Do Copied Citations Create Renowned Papers?

The Following is an article from The Annals of Improbable Research.

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by M.V. Simkin and V.P. Roychowdhury
Department of Electrical Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles

Recently we discovered [see cond-mat/0212043] that the majority of citations in scientific papers are simply copied from the lists of references that appear in other papers. Here we show that a model, in which a scientist picks three random papers, cites them, and also copies a quarter of their references accounts quantitatively for empirically observed citation distribution. Simple mathematical probability, not genius, can explain why some papers are cited a lot more than the other.

Greatness? Or Just Simple Probability?
During the “Manhattan Project” (in which scientists created the first nuclear bomb), Enrico Fermi, the physicist, asked General Groves, the head of the project: “What is the definition of a ‘great’ general?”.1 Groves replied that any general who had won five battles in a row might safely be called great. Fermi then asked how many generals are great. Groves said about three out of every hundred. Fermi conjectured that, considering that opposing forces for most battles are roughly equal in strength, the chance of winning one battle is 1/2, and the chance of winning five battles in a row is 1/25=1/32.

“So you are right General,” said Enrico Fermi. “About three out of every hundred. Mathematical probability, not genius.”

General Groves pinning a medal on Enrico Fermi. (image source: Atomic Heritage Foundation)

The existence of military genius was also questioned on basic philosophical grounds by Tolstoy.2

Greatness in Science: Your Papers Are Cited a Lot
A commonly accepted measure of “greatness” for scientists is the number of times other people cite their papers.3 For example, SPIRES, the High-Energy Physics literature database, divides papers into six categories according to the number of citations they receive. The top category, “Renowned Papers” lists those with 500 or more citations.

Let us have a look at the citations to roughly 24 thousands papers, published in Physical Review D in 1975-1994.4 As of 1997 there where about 350 thousands of such citations: fifteen per published paper on the average. However, forty-four papers were cited five hundred times or more. Could this happen if all papers are created equal? If they indeed are, then the chance of being cited is one in 24,000.

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Giant Dog vs. Tiny Kitten

The huge St. Bernard dog wants to rest. But little kitty wants to play!

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Photographer Captures Images Of Models Drenched In Honey

Photographers usually have a theme in mind for every shoot, from sexy to scary to classical, and in the case of this Blake Little shoot the theme is clearly something very, very sticky.

Blake had the odd idea to cover his subjects in a layer of honey for a series called "Preservation", giving them the appearance of a pod person about to hatch and walk among us.

The honey perfectly coats each model and the clothes they’re wearing, which they’ll never be able to wash clean, and that sweet second skin leaves nothing to the imagination...

You can see more of these sweet images here, which includes NSFW artistic nudes, a baby and a dog covered in honey, which seems a bit unethical, and tons of wasted honey, which is a total shame...


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Man Covers Himself with Mentos, Jumps into Bath of Coke

While developing his vaccine for polio, Dr. Jonas Salk bravely injected himself with an early prototype. He survived and eventually gave to humanity the life-saving fruits of his genius.

In that same pattern of self-experimentation, this Japanese language video shows a man taping Mentos candies onto his own body, then jumping into a bathtub filled with Coca-Cola.


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That the reaction of Mentos and Coke is known to scientists makes the effort all the more intrepid. Skip to the 4:31 mark to see this researcher’s brave leap into danger.

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Persona: What Do You Carry With You?

Atlanta-based photographer Jason Travis (previously at Neatorama) began his ongoing project Persona in late 2007. At the time, Travis saw it as a way of getting to know people better, including his own friends. The series consists of composite images. Half of the image features a portrait of the subject and the other half reveals the possessions they carry upon leaving home. 

What items do you keep with you every day, and what do you think it says about your persona, if anything? View the rest of the series here, and see how the items the photo subjects carry differ from your daily stash. 

Via Peta Pixel | Image: Jason Travis


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The Adventure Time Ripoff You've Been Waiting For

Adventure Time is the kind of cartoon show that makes you want to share its greatness with the world, and animators are taking note of the show’s themes, art style and character's personalities and incorporating similar elements into their own shows.

But there's one show in the works that's less "influenced by" and more straight up ripoff. It’s called The Legend Of Lucky Pie, and it’s created in the place where all great knockoffs originate- China.

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According to the show’s creators it was created to “fight the tacky and trite animated shows usually shown in Chinese media”, and their response to whether it’s an Adventure Time ripoff- “kind of, but not really”. I guess judging whether something's a ripoff or not is a matter of opinion...

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This Public Library Is Inside a Subway Station


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This is a photo of the main entrance to the Terence Cardinal Cook-Cathedral Library, a branch of the New York City Public Library. You've never heard of it? That's because it's so underground. If you want to go inside, you'll have to go to the 6 line station located at the corner of Lexington Avenue and 50th Street.

According to a New York Times article written in 2010, there's been a library in that spot since 1887. The first one was operated by the Archdiocese of New York. The NYPL has been there since 1992. Corey Kilgannon talked to librarian Anisha Huffman, then the branch manager:

At 2,100 square feet, it is the second smallest of the 90 branches in the New York system, which covers Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island (the Macombs Bridge Library in the Harlem River Houses is 700 square feet). It has little space for desktop computers, so there are 13 laptops. But the Cooke branch has the circulation activity of a much bigger library, officials said.

Ms. Huffman, who commutes on the No. 6 from Upper Manhattan, said the patron pool seemed to reflect the ridership of a typical downtown train in Manhattan: an extreme diversity of ethnicity, wealth, education and occupation. You have the rich and the poor, the soiled and the well scrubbed, all pushed together. The branch also sees tourists from Midtown hotels who check e-mail, print airplane tickets and ask touristy questions.

“It’s funny,” said Alvin Tulshi, a clerk at the library. “One question we get regularly is ‘Where’s the Barnes & Noble?’ ”

Don't try to visit right now. The library is temporarily closed for renovations.

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Fascinating Photo: Weasel on the Back of a Woodpecker in Flight

Photographer Martin Le-May says he captured this amazing snap of a weasel on the back of a flying woodpecker, the weasel in mid-attack. Le-May said he took the photo while on a walk with his wife. They heard a "distressed squawking," which alerted them to the bird's presence. The photographer said in an interview with ITV News

"I saw that flash of green. So hurriedly I pointed out to Ann the bird and it settled into the grass behind a couple of small silver birch trees. Both of us trained our binoculars and it occurred that the woodpecker was unnaturally hopping about like it was treading on a hot surface. Lots of wing flapping showing that gloriously yellow/white colour interspersed with the flash of red head feathers. Just after I switched from my binoculars to my camera the bird flew across us and slightly in our direction; suddenly it was obvious it had a small mammal on its back and this was a struggle for life.

The woodpecker landed in front of us and I feared the worst. I guess though our presence, maybe 25 metres away, momentarily distracted the weasel. The woodpecker seized the opportunity and flew up and away into some bushes away to our left. Quickly the bird gathered its self respect and flew up into the trees and away from our sight."

While unusual shots like these are always questioned as to their authenticity, referring site i09 makes the case for this photo being real. See their argument, supplemented with studies and a video, here. 


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Minions Assemble Age Of Mintron - Playtime Gone Horribly Wrong


Minions Assemble Age Of Mintron by TopNotchy

The minions had entered a dark new phase in their superheroic cosplay- the age of Minitron. When Stuart the minion contracted a computer virus while trying to repair the hideout's mainframe he went stark chattering mad, transforming into the villainous robotic organism Mintron. The group wasn't prepared for how seriously Stuart would take his new role, but when Mintron struck down poor Jerry it was up to the rest of the mightiest minions on Earth to avenge their fallen comrade and take down the despicable Minitron once and for all...

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Student Creates Batman Armor Suitable For Doling Out Street Justice

Folks who want to follow in Batman’s footsteps will need to be properly equipped, and since they’re made of flesh and blood instead of graphite and ink they’ll probably want to invest in some body armor.

Batman is a martial arts master, but your average wannabe Batsy most certainly is not, so they’ll probably want a suit of armor created to protect you from a flying fist...or a stabbing knife.

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Industrial Design student Jackson Gordon came up with the concept for a badass Batsuit, and after a successful Kickstarter campaign he was able to build the armor and survive a simulated stabbing.

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The Quokka is the Latest Selfie Quirk

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This will no doubt shock anyone reading this, but there's a new and goofy trend that's cropped up on the internet. More surprisingly, said trend involves selfies. But the other factor thrown into the equation is a marsupial native to Australia called the quokka. These little guys have enough expression, personality and chub to win over even the coldest of hearts. 

The quokka is a social animal and isn't afraid to be in close proximity with humans. On the contrary, judging from these shots, quokkas appear to like the company. Unfortunately, quokkas are listed as "vulnerable" on the IUCN Red List, and it is against the law to touch them. But it's legally on the level to make them smile by posing with them for glamour shots. Perhaps some good will come out of the quokka selfie, in that awareness is raised with respect to their status as an endangered species. 

See more adorable quokka selfies here. Who knew a wild animal could be capable of so many different, humanlike facial expressions?  

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Amazing Video: Skydiver Has Seizure in Midair, Gets Rescued


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Your must-see video of the day is this gripping shot of a man barely escaping death because he was unable to open his parachute.

Christopher Jones of Perth, Australia has epilepsy. The debilitating effects of a grand mal seizure hit him at the worst possible moment: while he was skydiving. He jumped at 12,000 feet. At about 9,000 feet, the seizure started.

At the 1:10 mark in the video, it becomes apparent to the jumpmaster that something was terribly wrong. He made his way over to Jones and pulled his ripcord at 4,000 feet. Jones regained consciousness before landing safely on the ground.

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Twelve Korean Snacks to Sample

Shown above is a Korean snack food called Yakgwa. The food is a traditional Korean cake made with honey, sesame oil and wheat flour. The cakes have the flavor and consistency of glazed doughnuts. If you're interested in trying Yakgwa, it is available for purchase through Amazon or Hmart.com.

Read about eleven other Korean snack foods and learn where to purchase them at BuzzFeed. 

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Blind Dog Who Disappeared in -40°F Weather Reunited with Owner


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Madera, an 11-year old Labrador Retriever, is completely blind. She lives in Fairbanks, Alaska with Ed Davis, her owner. On February 6, Davis let her outside briefly to relieve herself. Madera usually does her business then comes right back in. But this time, Madera started wandering. She vanished into the snowy darkness.

On February 19, Constantine Khrulev, another local resident, was out biking with his own dog. They heard another dog whining and investigated. It was Madera! The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner describes the rescue:

Khrulev went into the woods and found her under a tree, more than 100 yards from the trail and about half a mile from Davis’ house.

“She was not going to be found accidentally,” Davis said.

Khrulev took Madera to one of Davis’ neighbors. The dog had lost about 14 pounds but was otherwise in good health, Davis said. Her rescuer asked for the $100 reward money to go the the Fairbanks Animal Shelter Fund, a gesture that so impressed Davis that he decided to increase the donation to $250.

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15 Things You Might Not Know About Beauty and the Beast

Disney is recycling their biggest princess movies by remaking them in live action format. First there’s Cinderella, coming soon to a theater near you, and now they’ve announced a live-action version of Beauty and the Beast. Although it seems like yesterday, the animated Beauty and the Beast came out 24 years ago! And there’s a whole slew of trivia behind that film that you probably never thought of.

1. Walt considered remaking the fairy tale as far back as the 1930s. But he liked to take his time mulling things over, and while he was pondering Beauty and the Beast, a live-action version of the movie was released by French playwright Jean Cocteau. Perhaps not wanting to release an animated version of a movie that had just been released, Disney tabled the idea.

2. In the late '80s, Disney hired British animator Roger Purdum to direct a non-musical version of Beauty and the Beast, with Linda Woolverton writing the script. But the company wasn't happy with the result of 10 weeks of storyboarding (which you can see here)—the story was too dark and depressing. "In the middle of our process, Little Mermaid premiered, and that changed everything," Woolverton told the Los Angeles Times. "[T]he concept of the musical, the Broadway musical brought to animation by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken. So I was flown to Disney in Florida to meet with Howard. Howard and I just clicked. ... In a hotel room in Fishkill, N.Y., Howard and I pretty much conjured up this version of Beauty and the Beast. Howard and I never clashed. I was his student. He taught me everything I know about musicals."

There’s plenty more of “could have beens,” deleted scenes, deleted songs, and more in the trivia list at mental_floss.


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Celebrating Fifty Years of The Sound of Music Through Pictures

Child actors who played the Von Trapp family (with Julie Andrews as Maria and Christopher Plummer as Captain Von Trapp) during filming of The Sound of Music

The Sound of Music, the classic movie version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, was released on March 29, 1965. The film, which bore such iconic sequences, centers around an errant nun who leaves the convent to become the governess of a man with seven children in 1930s Austria.

In celebration of the film's approaching fiftieth anniversary, Vanity Fair is featuring a gallery of photos including those shown here, which illustrate how the actors who played the Von Trapp children appeared during filming in 1964 and how they look now. See the full gallery at Vanity Fair. 



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Five Nights At Freddy's Fails To Terrify Old Folks

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There’s an indie game series out there scaring gamers out of their pants with creepy animatronic enemies and jumpscare deaths. It’s called Five Nights At Freddy’s, and the jumpscares are genuinely startling provided you’re wearing headphones while you play. But is the game really all that terrifying?

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Not really, but how else are you going to advertise a horror game than by playing up the scares? Seeing our elders play Five Nights At Freddy's in this fun video by The Fine Bros. may make you worry it'll scare them to death, but don’t worry- old folks don’t seem to give a crap about Freddy and his freaky crew.

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10 Revealing Diary and Journal Entries of Famous Figures


Joseph Goebbels, Reich Minister of Propaganda, 1933-1945


Next to Hitler, Joseph Goebbels was arguably the most insidious high-ranking member of the Nazi party, particularly since he was a master at public speaking and served as the minister of propaganda. His antisemitic beliefs ran deep, even prior to meeting Hitler, and he was a strong proponent of the Final Solution. 

Yet Goebbels' diary entry recording the time he first met Hitler sounds like the gushing of an unstable teenage fanboy rather than an adult politician. In an entry written on November 6, 1925, Goebbels writes about having dinner with Hitler,

"He jumps up at once. Stands there before us. Squeezes my hand. Like an old friend. And those big blue eyes. Like stars. He is glad to see me. I am in heaven. This man has everything it takes to be a king. The born tribune of the people. A coming dictator."

Two week later, when Goebbels met Hitler after a rally, he raves,

"Great joy! He greets me like an old friend. He looks after me. How I love him!"

In a later entry remembering that day, Goebbels writes,

"Until then, you were my Führer. There you became my friend. A friend and master with whom I feel bonded to the very end in a shared idea." 

It's amazing that a man obviously capable of such emotion toward another human being was able to orchestrate sending others to their deaths en masse, without even an ounce of compassion. 

Read diary and journal entries of other historical figures, including George S. Patton, President Harry Truman and more, here. 

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Doctor Spider-Octopus

Professional cosplay photographer David Ngo attended the Long Beach Comic Expo over the weekend. He snapped this shot of a great cosplayer who blended Spider-Man with Doctor Octopus, one of Spider-Man's greatest enemies. It's an incredible work of craftsmanship!


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Groot Loves You! - The Caring Tree


Groot Loves You! by Boggs Nicolas

Groot has a very important message for you, but since he can only say his name and the words "I am" he's just going to have to share his message via dance. Watch as his branchy arms swing around above his head, forming a shape that's sure to delight- the shape of a big ol' heart! That's right, Groot is one of your biggest fans, and he can't wait to help you share the geeky love with the galaxy!

Guardians of geeky fashion will adore this Groot Loves You! t-shirt by Boggs Nicolas, it's the sweetest way to show your love of that big alien tree creature with the limited vocabulary!

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And Mr. Lizard on Guitar

Yogyakarta, Indonesia-based photographer Aditya Permana happened to click his shutter on this forest dragon lizard just in time to catch him deep in a musical trance while performing a leaf guitar solo. Permana told the Dailymail that he 

"did not directly photograph the lizard at first, until the lizards feel calm and comfortable around me. I noticed it looked like it was playing a guitar – and it didn’t move at all.

Don't miss the other pictures of this guitar solo on the photographer's Facebook page. See more of his work there and at his 500px site. Fans of his work can follow him on social media via Twitter as well.  

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Share Your Unique Sense Of Style With These 30 Cute And Creepy T-Shirts

Cute graphics have lots of fun loving fans, and creepy visuals attract an appropriately ghoulish fan base, but when you combine the two forces you get a unique style that both repels and delights at the same time!

Wearing a cute and creepy graphic on your torso is a great way to spread crooked smiles around town, and when it comes to cute and creepy the NeatoShop's got you covered!

The idea of cute and creepy playing well together began long ago

Fairly Odd by Hillary White

And yet this flavor combo is seen as cutting edge to this day

Flaws- The Left Shark Jaws Parody by Mudge

Cute and creepy works equally well when combined with a genre mashup design

Freddy Scare Bear by TeeKetch

Instantly infusing that mashup with a strange yet visually compelling energy

Are We Not Spirits? by Dann Matthews

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The Board Game Trial of the Century

We recently linked had the story of how the game Monopoly was born, tracing it to Elizabeth Magie’s The Landlord’s Game, which she patented in 1903. Parker Brothers bought the rights to a derivative game in the ‘30s from Charles Darrow, then bought the rights to Magie’s game for $500 -and destroyed it. Skip ahead 40 years, and we have the story of Ralph Anspach, who challenged Parker Brother’s rights over the game and uncovered Magie’s story.  

Anspach, an economics professor, developed the game Anti-Monopoly. It was designed, like The Landlord’s Game, in order to teach an alternative to cutthroat economic competition that leads to monopolies. But Parker brothers did not like it one bit.

Anspach hired a lawyer and began looking into whether Parker Brothers was, in a moment of supreme irony, committing an antitrust violation against Anti-Monopoly. They reasoned that a common trait of monopolies was to use legal threats to scare off competition. Depositions ensued, and though Anspach held his own against the Parker Brothers legal team, he was a teacher of modest means and they were a multimillion-dollar corporation with a lot to lose. The idea of going through with the lawsuit seemed crazy.

It was, therefore, a revelation when Anspach’s son happened upon a passage in a book noting that Charles Darrow hadn’t actually invented Monopoly. If a Monopoly board game preceded Charles Darrow’s 1935 patent, that patent might be overturned. Monopoly might, in fact, be built on a house of Chance cards. It might be in the public domain.

What followed was a long legal battle over whether Parker Brothers could keep a monopoly on Monopoly. Read what happened in the battle between one man and a corporation with a team of lawyers at mental_floss.

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How Cutlery Affects Our Sense of Taste


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Zoe Laughlin, the director of the Institute of Making, says that, "my ambition is to make the best spoon in the world." Oliver Wainwright of The Guardian met her to learn about how important it is to choose the right eating utensils in order to taste particular foods. He writes:

I reach for a spoon and plunge it into some yoghurt. The resulting mouthful tastes a bit fizzy, as if the yoghurt’s gone off – the trademark tangy tingle of zinc. A second spoon gives a salty metallic kick – the steel – while chrome makes no difference at all. Sadly, there is no magnesium spoon; if you ever put an old school pencil sharpener on your tongue, during an idle moment in maths class, you’ll know that it gives even more of a thrill than popping candy. (Or was that just me?)

In a blind tasting, Laughlin’s guinea pigs found that copper and zinc were the sourest, while the spoon to end all spoons was, of course, made of gold. “Mango sorbet with a gold spoon is just heaven,” she sighs. “Mango never tasted so mangoey.” But too bad if you were born with a silver spoon in your mouth: in the blind tasting, it came out near the bottom.

It all has to do with the “reduction potential” of the different metals – the ease with which they oxidise – which affects how many atoms come off in your mouth. The relatively inert gold is best suited to subtle, creamy foods, Laughlin found when she put on a seven-course banquet with a Michelin-starred chef, because it has the least metallic taste. Cod on a zinc spoon, on the other hand, was revolting. Time for Heston to appoint a spoon sommelier, perhaps?

Like, gag me with a spoon! But make sure that it's the correct spoon. To know for sure, consult designer Andreas Fabian, who wrote his doctoral dissertation on spoons. He's working to optimize the tactile experience of eating:

He unravels a black pouch, containing a collection of oddly fetishistic implements, like the toolkit of an aesthete-torturer. There is a pair of golden tongs – half knife, half chopstick – and a silver-plated tuning fork, for pronging chunks of food with a twang, along with several glass wands with rounded, pendulous ends.

“This one is to replicate the pleasure of licking your finger,” he says, inviting me to dip a gold-leafed wand in a jar of warmed Nutella. Then there is a glass bowl covered in rabbit fur, designed to encourage a more tactile experience with your soup.

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15 Great Spock Quotes as Inspirational Posters



Since the passing of Leonard Nimoy on Friday at the age of 83, many fans have been reflecting on his contributions and what he's meant to them over the years. In that vein, BuzzFeed compiled a list of wonderful quotes from Mr. Spock and arranged them into graphcis that resemble motivational posters. There's some great stuff included; check out all 15 quotes here. Even if one is not a Spock or Star Trek fan, these quotes may inspire some to take a closer look. 

Images: Tanner Ringerud 


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