Try Not To Laugh At Goat Man While On TV

Some people take their jobs a little too seriously, which makes the other workers feel uncomfortable- and therefore does not make them any friends.

But biologist Tom Thwaites, aka Goat Man, has lots of friends at his job even though he takes his job so seriously he dons a costume so he can walk among the goats as if he were one of them.

He even won an IG Nobel award for his extraordinary research, and yet a certain news anchor who doesn't take her job very seriously seems to think what Tom does is laughable- so she cracked up during a live news broadcast.

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Cthulhu Strikes Back - The Empire Doesn't Stand A Chance Against A Great Old One


Cthulhu Strikes Back by Dr Simon Butler

Darth Vader and the rest of the Sith have always assumed they are the most powerful forces of evil in the universe, but then one day old man Vader saw the true face of evil and couldn't help but soil his costume. The Great Old One Cthulhu had awakened and he brought nothing but death to the stars, and his powers made the Sith look like Gungans in comparison. Cthulhu could not be outwitted, and he had no need of wealth or land so he could not be bargained with, and yet Vader was so high on his Imperial horse he thought he could build a weapon capable of winning the war against ancient evil, but he was wrong...

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The Sixth Terminator Might Be Good

Just the idea of another Terminator movie made fans slap their heads after the disaster of Terminator Genisys. But an as-yet-unnamed film set in the Terminator universe gives us hope because of the people who are connected to the project.

Here’s what we already know about the movie everyone will inevitably call Terminator 6 (though Cameron would prefer we didn’t) until the official title is released. We first learned that Cameron (who directed the 1984 original and Terminator 2: Judgment Day) would be returning to the franchise, and teaming upwith director Miller, back in January. Schwarzenegger, whose performance was the only thing we liked about 2015's Terminator Genisys, revealed his involvement in May. Last week, we learned that Linda Hamilton would be reprising her iconic role as Sarah Connor, now a “seasoned warrior,” per Cameron, in part six.

That's the great thing about a story that involves time travel: you can plop down a tale into the middle of the saga, or before it begins, or even after we thought it ended and still use the same characters. We've seen it happen, with mixed results. What really matters is whether the story is good and makes even a little sense. While we don't know much about the next movie yet, Cheryl Eddy at io9 explains some ways that the Terminator franchise can return to its innovative roots.


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The Addams Family Dancing To The Ramones Song Blitzkrieg Bop

The Ramones song Blitzkrieg Bop is such an upbeat and bouncy song it really makes you want to get up and rock out when it comes on the radio, and even though it's an earworm I don't mind having the tune in my head all day.

Blitzkrieg Bop is also a very raw and basic song, making it great for matching up with video footage, as you can see in this mashup video created by Gabriel Magallon created with clips from The Addams Family.

The Addams Family dancing Blitzkrieg Bop by the Ramones from Gabriel Magallon on Vimeo.

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10 Things You Didn’t Know about Some Kind of Wonderful

Some Kind of Wonderful was a 1987 teen romance starring Eric Stolz, Mary Stuart Masterson, and Lea Thompson. Thirty years later, you probably recall the movie -if you saw it- but you most likely don't know what went into getting it produced. But we have a trivia list! So let's go back 30 years and see how the movie fits into the cinematic landscape of the 1980s.

9. [John] Hughes wrote Ferris Bueller’s Day Off when he was supposed to be writing Some Kind of Wonderful.

Hughes stayed up all night while presumably writing Some Kind of Wonderful, but by morning had written fifty pages to the Ferris Bueller script.

3. One of the directors and Lea Thompson eventually fell in love.

After the film wrapped up they got together and are still happily married to this day.  His name is Howard Deutsch.

Read the rest of the trivia about Some Kind of Wonderful at TVOM.

 


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Fun Facts About Reddit

Just about everyone is familiar wtih Reddit, but what do know about the history of the site itself? You might be surprised about some of the fascinating facts about the site featured in this Daily Dot article. For example, did you know that as of 2012 the site had only spent $500 on advertising (and presumably not much after that either)? Or that the site didn't originally get comments and that, fittingly, the first comment on the site was a complaint about how they added the option to comment? 

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Batman vs. Pennywise

Which superhero is most suitable to take on the clown form IT? Batman, of course! The Caped Crusader has dealt with the Joker, but now he's up against a supernatural clown that's infinitely more terrifying.

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The fan film trailer by Adeel of Steel contains footage from four different films. It teases a movie that doesn't exist, but wouldn't you love the opportunity to see it? -via Tastefully Offensive


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Blackboards In Porn: What Do They Write And Is It Correct?

Many porn movies are set in classrooms, and for the sake of believability the blackboards are covered with writing just like they would be if class were actually in session.

And while the audience typically doesn't pay much attention to the blackboards porn producers still go out of their way to write real stuff on those blackboards for some reason.

So a few years back the witty minds behind the surprising Safe For Work humor site Blackboards In Porn started figuring out if the stuff pornographers write on background blackboards actually checks out.

Here's an example of how ridiculously thorough their blackboard examinations were, based on the lead image:

(32F)U/2N = LU.4S(4/T)
4F(U/2n) = LU3S(4/T)
F(U/2n) = LUS(4/T)
FUN = LUST 

Mathematics – GCSE level.

To begin with, the presentation is non-standard and quite sloppy. Firstly, numbers should go before letters, so for example the right hand side of the second line should read 3LUS(4/T). Secondly, all the parentheses are unnecessary as multiplication is associative – careful positioning of symbols next to fractions should obviate any confusion as to whether to multiply by the numerator or denominator. Thirdly, the 'N' on the left hand side changes to an 'n' and back again. Finally, it is more usual to use all lower case letters for unknowns. 

Algebra may mean ‘reunion of broken parts, but there's no happy reconciliation for this equation. It is quite impossible to make FUN=LUST as there is an error in each step of the calculation. The basic rule of manipulating equations in this way is that whatever is done to one side of the equation must also be done to the other side.  This rule has not been followed: 

At the second step, the left hand side has been divided by 8, but the right hand side by 4/3. 

At the third step, the left hand side has been divided by 4, but the right hand side by 3. 

At the final step, the left hand side has been multiplied by 2NUN-1, but the right hand side by T2/4.

Taking the first line as the starting point, the closest to FUN equalling LUST that can actually be achieved is FU/2N-1 = LUS/T.

The teacher could have instead started with 2nu/ts = (2/f)lu, which can be rearranged to show that fun=lust. (Although nuts flu does sound rather like something that may be a result of too much fun lust.)

If the teacher is looking for a way to show how fun algebra can be by making words out of the symbols, she might instead try asking her students what the volume of a circular pizza of radius z and height a is.

2/10 A nice try in engaging students, but riddled with errors. 

(Answer: pi.z.z.a – now that is fun!)

-Via Dangerous Minds


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Cross Stitches for the Modern World

Cross stitching may be a quite old craft, but just because it's a bit old fashioned doesn't mean people aren't still doing their fair share of needlework. 

Over on Awkward Family Photos, you can enjoy some of the most delightfully modern cross stitches around and many of them are pretty darn funny.

Whether you like geeky referrences, song quotes or just sassy humor, you're sure to find something that will entertain you in this collection. 

So check out the whole list here.


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Don't Say Velcro

The lawyers at VELCRO® Brand would prefer you not to use their company's name. What? Not say the brand name? I think the point they are getting to is that you shouldn't use their trademark name when referring to the same product made by companies other than VELCRO®, although they aren't that clear about it. The actual product should be referred to as "&$# hoop and loop." The company wants to protect their trademark even though they lost the patent 40 years ago.

(YouTube link)

The singing lawyers make for a funny video, but as for using the brand names as a generic term, that genie left the bottle long ago. Just ask Crock-Pot®, Xerox®, Thermos®, or any of the other brands that became nouns. People are not going to say "&$# hoop and loop," but thanks to this video, they may be more aware of the brand, and that's the real point. -via Metafilter


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Get Ready For All The Spooky Fun With A Halloween-Themed NeatoShop T-Shirt

Sloth Freddy by RicoMambo

When the sun stops burning so brightly and the wind starts to howl you know that Halloween is right around the corner, which means it's time to get ready for all the spooky fun to come.

And the best way to keep the Halloween spirit alive on a daily basis is by sporting a Halloween-themed NeatoShop t-shirt, so you can spread ghoulish grins and devilish delight wherever you go!

For some Halloween is a year-round affair

Nightmare BFFs by Dooomcat

And they don't have to dress up to get in to the spirit of the season

I am the quiet neighbor... by Bob Henley

So if you encounter an eternal Halloweenie in the wild just smile and wave and slowly back away...

Rockabilly Franky by Raz City

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The Tasting of the Shrew

The following is an article from The Annals of Improbable Research, now in all-pdf form. Get a subscription now for only $25 a year!

by Alice Shirrell Kaswell, Improbable Research staff

If you like shrews, especially if you like them parboiled, you’ll want to devour a study published not long ago in the Journal of Archaeological Science. Called “Human Digestive Effects on a Micromammalian Skeleton,” it explains how and why one of its authors—either Brian D. Crandall or Peter W. Stahl; we are not told which—ate and excreted a 90 millimeter long (excluding the tail, which added another 24 millimeters) northern short-tailed shrew (Blarina brevicauda).

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Bizarre Adventure - Stand And Deliver Us From Evil


Bizarre Adventure by ddjvigo

Sometimes we're handed a family legacy we're ill prepared to preserve and protect, but the Joestars have spent centuries mastering the destructive energy within them so to them this energy is neither unfamiliar nor bizarre. But JoJo didn't ask to be a part of his family's adventure, and he refused the call at first because he was too busy trying to be a normal person to embrace his family's powerful legacy, but the energy within him wouldn't take no for an answer. And so JoJo was forced to face the Stand within him and master its amazing powers, a nearly impossible task since JoJo had a hard time controlling this power within him, causing him to question who was actually in charge of his body...

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The History of Sears Predicts Nearly Everything Amazon Is Doing

Amazon began as an online book store. It expanded to sell everything, services as well as goods. Then it opened its own brick-and-mortar bookstores, eleven of them so far. Then this summer, Amazon bought Whole Foods, which has 400 physical locations. These same things happened with another retailer that started out over 100 years ago: Sears, Roebuck & Company.

From its founding in the late 19th century to its world-famous catalog, the history of Sears, Roebuck & Company is well known. Less storied is its magnificently successful transition from a mailing company to a brick-and-mortar giant. Like Amazon among its online-shopping rivals, Sears was not the country’s first mail-order retailer, but it became the largest of its kind. Like Amazon, it started with a single product category—watches, rather than books. But, like Amazon, the company grew to include a range of products, including guns, gramophones, cars, and even groceries.

From the start, Sears’s genius was to market itself to consumers as an everything store, with an unrivaled range of products, often sold for minuscule profits. The company’s feel for consumer demand was so uncanny, and its operations so efficient, that it became, for many of its diehard customers, not just the best retail option, but the only one worth considering.

The steps -and missteps- that Sears took along the way to where it is now mirror what Amazon is going through. Read a comparison of the two companies in two different centuries at the Atlantic. -via Digg


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All Night Long at The Airport

A few years ago, we posted a video that Richard Dunn made when he was stranded overnight at an empty airport. The Charlotte Douglas International Airport wasn't totally empty when Mahshid Mazooji was stranded there overnight on a recent trip, so she enlisted the help of fellow passengers and airport staff in making a video that cheered everyone up. It will cheer you up, too!

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Mazooji's brother Death__BySnuSnu posted this at reddit. Commenters verified that the Charlotte airport has the second-best dancers in any U.S. airport, bested only by the staff at Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport.  


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Why Is 'Colonel' Spelled That Way?

It's a military rank that is pronounce "kernel" like  a unit of corn, but is spelled "colonel," which doesn't have any other pronunciation in English. How did we get one from the other? Which came first, the spelling or the pronunciation? The answer is: they both evolved over time. See, the military term "colonel" was borrowed from the French language, which had borrowed it from Italian. But each country spelled it differently, and then each country changed it differently. Linguist Arika Okrent explains the military term "colonel" and its complicated evolution that left us with the crazy spelling at Mental Floss.  


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The Hero We Need

Well, I guess that's one way to fight crime and change hearts and minds. Or at least take over hearts and minds. If you know someone who led a life of crime and had a sudden transformation into a mild-mannered, upstanding citizen, he may be harboring a secret within himself. This horror is only found in a world where superheroes, aliens, and zombies collides. Or in our world, when you recall the many posts we've done about parasites that turn their hosts into zombies that do the parasite's bidding. This is the latest comic from Ethan Vincent at Oppressive-Silence. -via Geeks Are Sexy


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Jack Russell Bullies Three Cats

A tiny terrier pays no attention to the fact that these lion cubs are several times his size. What matters is intimidating them from the start, so they know who's boss. Jack Russells are born with a Napoleon complex, and use it to the fullest extent.  

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The cubs probably just want to play, but they know better than to mess with a yapping ball of fury, no matter how small it is. -via reddit

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A Failed 1930s American Town, Lost in Time in the Amazon Rainforest

Henry Ford did not care for dealing with the European countries that controlled the rubber trade, but the Ford Motor Company needed rubber for tires. So he decided to grow his own rubber trees in South America. Ford secured 10,000 square kilometers of land in the Amazon rainforest, and in 1928 shipped in a team of managers, their families, and everything they needed to settle in Brazil. The company built a town called Fordlândia. It was modeled after a utopian vision of small town America, complete with separate neighborhoods for the Americans and the Brazilian workers.

He was very particular about Fordlândia operating like a real mid-Western American town, ensuring that his resident Brazilian workers lived in the American-style housing, complete with white picket fences, and even insisting that they ate American-style food– an unfamiliar diet of oatmeal, canned peaches and brown rice.

Ford wasn’t a fan of the Jazz Age either, and saw the town as an opportunity to recreate America as he had always imagined it. A strict set of rules imposed by the managers. No alcohol, no tobacco, no women inside workers houses, not even football was allowed within the town. Inspectors came to the workers housing to check they were living according to their American standards that had been forced upon them.

As you might guess, Fordlândia had its problems from the beginning. The company town only lasted six years, and Ford never even went there. Read about the short life of Fordlândia, and see plenty of pictures as it was then, and as it is now, at Messy Messy Chic.


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Former Stray Dog Adopts 8 Tiny Pigs

Stories about adult animals adopting baby animals from another species are well liked by all, so a story about a dog adopting 8 little piglets should go over like gangbusters!

This is Treasure the dog, and she doesn't judge a baby animal by its species, nor will she ever refuse a baby animal in need because she was a stray once herself so she knows what it's like to be an orphan.

When Treasure's owner Wes Trevor, owner of Spectrum Plants Gold Coast in Australia, found the little piglets they were in pretty bad shape, but he fed them special food and began nursing them back to health. 

Then Treasure's motherhood instincts kicked in and she started caring for the piglets like they were her own litter of oinking pups, and she even began producing milk for the hungry little oinkers.

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-Via Bored Panda

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How to Watch Star Trek

Digg is going all out for the new Star Trek series Star Trek: Discovery, which premiered last night with one episode on CBS-TV and another on the streaming service CBS All Access. Here's a roundup of reviews. They gushed about the artistry of the opening credits, which you can see here. And since there are people -mostly young people- who haven't seen much Star Trek over the past fifty years, they have a viewer's guide to catching up on all 600 hours of Star Trek in TV and film (or at least the hours worth watching). Here's the order list:

Star Trek: The Original Series
The Animated Series
Star Trek: The Motion Picture
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Territory
The Next Generation Seasons 1-7
Star Trek: Generations
Deep Space Nine Seasons 1-5
Voyager Seasons 1-2
Star Trek: First Contact
Deep Space Nine Seasons 6-7
Star Trek: Insurrection
Voyager Seasons 3-7
Star Trek: Nemesis
Enterprise
Star Trek (2009)
Star Trek: Into Darkness
Star Trek: Beyond

The reasoning behind the viewing order is explained in this post.


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Time-Lapse Video Shows What 30 Days Aboard A Cargo Ship Look Like

Unless you were in the Navy, worked as a merchant marine or stowed away on a cargo ship for a trip across the ocean you probably don't know what a 30 day trip aboard a cargo ship looks like.

Maybe you've seen some of the photos and short videos posted by people like TheTravelingClatt who've chosen to travel by cargo ship for a different kind of cruise.

These posts are great and all, but to truly appreciate the beauty and splendor seen while at sea for a month you have to watch a timelapse video, like this one posted by JeffHK with this caption:

30 Days of Timelapse, about 80,000 photos combined. 1500GB of Project files. Sailing in the open ocean is a unique feeling and experience.I hope to capture and share it for everyone to see.

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Here are the highlights, in case you don't have 10 minutes to spare:

0:32 Milky Way 0:53 Jupiter 1:17 Approaching Port of Colombo 1:45 Cargo Operation 2:08 Departure Colombo with Rainstorm 2:29 Beautiful Sunrise

-Via eBaum's World


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True Love's Kiss

As we said in the last SMBC comic posted here, looking too deeply into your favorite childhood fairy tales can ruin the charm. Sure, culture has evolved since the Disney movie Sleeping Beauty was released in 1957, but even that version was cleaned up from the original. The truth is that most fairy tales were horror stories underneath. This is the latest comic from Zach Weinersmith at Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal.


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Maritime Merc - Do I Look Like Popeye In This Pic?


Maritime Merc by OneBluebird Art

The X team had dumped DP on a merchant marine's ship as a joke, but after spending a few months at sea DP realized he was born to be a sailor! He loved the smell of that salt air, the mist that slapped him in the face each morning as he stood on the bow smoking his pipe, and the language that came out of his fellow sailors' mouths was pure poetry. The food wasn't that great, since Cooky didn't have a clue how to make a taco or a chimichanga, but the brawls were glorious and that almost made up for the lack of tasty vittles. Then one day the ship's Captain approached Sailorpool asking if he'd like to stay on as a permanent member of the crew, and something in the man's voice reminded Wade of the time he chopped off a guy's head and the head kept screaming, which made him long for the merc life more than ever before...

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Horrible Things You Learn Working At A Convenience Store

It takes a lot of hard work and perseverance to keep a convenience store up, running and "convenient" for customers, but do those customers respect all your hard work? NO.

For some reason they all think of convenience stores as a right rather than a privilege, and "customers" don't consider the employees at all when they trash the place, or pay for a pack of cigarettes with 650 pennies, exclaiming "Hey, it's money, honey!"

As a budding psychiatrist turned convenience store manager Cracked's Jason Iannone also saw some s#%t go down in the bathroom sink, and some people who use the bathrooms as their own mini drug den.

But mostly he saw the bad side of human nature- people acting like pigs and assuming convenience stores are at their disposal, folks treating convenience store stock like trash, and the lottery zombies who scratched the day (and their money) away.

Read 5 Horrible Things You Learn Working At A Convenience Store here (NSFW language)


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10 Things You Didn’t Know about Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

With the movie Tomb Raider set to hit theaters next year, people are thinking about the 2001 film Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. The new film is not a remake, but a reboot based on the 2013 video game. But comparisons are inevitable. With that in mind, let's learn some trivia about the Angelina Jolie movie that set the standard for video game movies.

10. As in the game when Lara is breaking things the butler hides his face.

The first film managed to adapt a lot of things from the video game, a fact that many fans were enthusiastic to see. Everything down to Lara’s most signature moves were copied and put into the movie, much to people’s delight.

9. Angelina Jolie did her own bungee ballet.

She didn’t do all her own stunts but she did happen to do the bungee ballet. Unfortunately she landed wrong on a chandelier and hurt herself badly enough that they had to postpone filming for a short while.

Read the rest of the trivia list about Lara Croft: Tomb Raider at TVOM.  


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This Little Piggy Wants To Be A Pet, Not A Rack Of Ribs, In Pig Me

What is a little pig to do when they live in a world full of sausage and pork chop lovin' people who want to see little piggies killed, butchered, cooked and served on a plate?

He must run for his life to escape his horrible fate, and hide in the shadows to avoid being seen by any hungry humans, but in the end he must think of his future and try to make that difficult transition from herd animal to pet.

(YouTube Link)

Pig Me is another great animated short from The Animation Workshop in Denmark, and watching it made me want a rack of ribs and a pet pig...what is wrong with me?!

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Disney Princess Wedding Dresses

Disney has teamed up with the Japanese company Kuraudia Co. to create a line of wedding dresses fashioned after Disney Princesses. These aren't just vaguely reminiscent of the princesses' fashions; they would be recognized by anyone. The dresses are available to rent for $3,600. That's a lot of money for a dress that you'll only wear once -because you have to give it back. But you only get married once, so you may as well blow the budget and get married as a character from an animated children's movie. See all nine dresses at the Disney Japan site, and larger images at Geekologie.


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What Non-Americans Find the Most Baffling About America

(Cows of Ameica by Stephen Brian Philips)

What's normal to you about your culture may be seriously weird to someone from somewhere else. Over at Reddit, someone asked non-Americans "What is the weirdest thing about America that Americans don't realise is weird?" The responses are funny and sometimes very surprising to those of us from the states. For example, many people commented about the abundance of squirrels in the country and one person found the way we dispose of dead fish down the toilet to be the strangest thing in the world.

One thing that's not all that surprising is just how many of them had their minds blown by our portion sizes.

See all the responses here.

Via Travel and Leisure


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Who Really Invented Calculus

The following is an article from the book Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Plunges Into History Again.

Calculus involves the study of limits. By the time they were done arguing about who had invented it, Isaac Newton and G. W. Leibniz had probably both reached their limit as well.

Science has seen a number of simultaneous discoveries. Michael Faraday and Joseph Henry independently discovered electromagnetic induction. Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace both hit upon the idea of natural selection. None of these coincidences, however, snowballed into an argument as ugly as the one that developed between Isaac Newton and Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz over the invention of calculus.

THE ROOTS OF THE PROBLEM

Newton didn’t like to publish. He was one of the most innovative thinkers of his day, making breakthroughs in physics and mathematics that inspired vast new fields of study, but he never felt his work was quite ready to go to the printer- he always wanted to make changes or write another draft. Because of his hesitation, he didn’t get any of his work on calculus into print until 1704. Leibniz, a leading philosopher and mathematician, beat him to the punch by publishing a brief summary in the Leipzig periodical Acta Eruditorum in October 1684.

However, Newton had planted a few clues about his pioneering work in calculus. Starting in 1676, he circulated unfinished papers privately among his friends that hinted at calculus concepts. Two letters about calculus topics even went to Leibniz that year. But his first public hint was in his greatest work published in his lifetime, Principia Mathematica (1687), when Newton tossed in a theorem about differentiation, one of the basic operations of calculus.

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