10 Things You’ll Be Surprised to Learn About Dinosaurs

Dinosaurs, even covered in feathers, are big, dangerous, and fun to make movies about. They are perfect for that purpose because they are more real than space aliens or ghosts, yet we can still go to sleep unafraid of being eaten by one. But what we know about dinosaurs is constantly changing with new discoveries. I just learned that they only grew to enormous sizes because of a mass extinction event -one that isn't as publicized as the mass extinction event that later wiped them out. That information comes from the new book The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs by Steve Brusatte. Here's more.  

The first dinosaurs were not brutish monsters like T. rex or earth-shakers like Brontosaurus. Dinosaurs evolved from skinny, long-limbed, cat-sized ancestors called dinosauromorphs, which lived about 250 million years ago. They were sprinters who ran around on four legs, and lived in the shadows of giant amphibians, reptiles, and mammal ancestors who dominated the food chain at the time.

"Dinosauromorphs" should be a Saturday morning cartoon with a toy line, don't you think? Read a list of ten interesting things about dinosaurs from the book at Boing Boing.


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What is the Longest Route You Can Sail in a Straight Line Without Hitting Land?

The majority of the earth's surface is ocean, and it's a rare soul who wants to stay on it when landfall breaks are possible. But map nerds have studied the question of how far you can go in a ship without steering or running into land. It's hard to decipher on a flat map; that's why we should all have a globe available to study. One redditor proposed such a route in 2012, and now two computer scientists have confirmed his idea.

According to the researchers, the path from Pakistan to Russia is indeed the longest straight path possible without hitting land. It measures 19,939.6 miles, just about 5,000 miles short of the planet's circumference. The researchers also found the longest straight-line path across land, from Jinjiang in China to Sagres in Portugal, measuring 6,984.9 miles.

If you don't have a globe handy, or you can't make it spin against it's own axis (which is likely), you can see a video of the route drawn perfectly straight at Popular Mechanics. -via Metafilter


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The Turkish Roots of Swedish Meatballs

King Charles XII ascended to the Swedish throne at the age of 15 in 1705, and immediately set out to wage war against the world around him. He earned the nickname "the Swedish Meteor" when he conquered Denmark-Norway and Saxony-Poland-Lithuania in the 18th century.

The meteor, as it happened, fizzled. In 1708, Charles XII decided to make what is now considered a military misstep: invading Russia. After Russian forces destroyed his troops at the battle of Poltava in 1709, Charles fled to the Ottoman Empire, another enemy of Russia. Settling with 1,000 men in what is now Moldova, he spent five years shuttling around the Empire, including Constantinople. In 1710, he convinced Sultan Ahmed III to declare war on Russia.

Though Charles was champing at the bit to get back to Sweden, it’s said he and his men gained a taste for Ottoman Turk cuisine, such as sherbet and what’s now known as Turkish coffee. Voltaire even wrote that a Russian-paid assassin tried to slip poison in Charles’s coffee. While the Swedish government didn’t specify which recipe Charles XII liked so much, the king and his followers likely encountered köfte, the spiced lamb and beef meatballs of Turkish cuisine.

Having made several nations of enemies, Charles did not live a long life. Like a meteor, indeed. It was a while before his favorite meatball recipe slipped into the public eye and became Sweden's pride and joy. Read how that happened at Gastro Obscura.

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Fire Department Gets Cat Out of Tree

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Last Thursday, residents of Zaporozhye, Ukraine, called emergency services about a cat stuck in a tree. The tree was very tall and spindly, and no one could climb high enough to get the cat down. So the fire department brought in a ladder truck. The people on the ground were expecting the firefighter to save the cat. The firefighter, on the other hand, was apparently just told to "get the cat out of the tree." He was determined to do that, by any means necessary. The most you can say is that his method was a bit less drastic than that of a Russian operation we posted a few years ago. -via Digg

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Nations Illustrated as Fantasy Characters

Russian artist Anastasia Bulgakova draws fantasy characters, including a series of countries in superhuman form. They are mostly warriors armed and armored with their international reputations, and a lot of symbolism. Above you see the UK as a futuristic super punk with his sidekick English bulldog. Germany gets a mech suit to show their pride in engineering.

"I had this idea for quite a while, but maybe the whole recent political situation in the world has pushed me to actually do it," Bulgakova told BuzzFeed. "I wanted to add some humor into the mix, to lighten up the mood of the real-world situations."  

As you can probably guess, the United States has a cowboy hat, way too many guns, and breast implants. My favorite in the series is Canada -or maybe France. See a selection from Bulgakova's nation series at Buzzfeed and others at DeviantART.


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Arrested Development: Star Wars

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The 2003-2006 TV series Arrested Development was produced and narrated by Ron Howard (Opie Taylor, Richie Cunningham). Ron Howard is also the director of the forthcoming Star Wars film Solo. Therefore, it only made sense for Disney to combine the two in a promotional film. So what we have is Ron Howard narrating the story of Star Wars (Episode IV, A New Hope) in the style of Arrested Development. It's not a new idea. You can see a mashup from last summer that uses audio clips from Arrested Development for the narration, and another, longer version without Howard's voice. It's funny, but let's hope that it doesn't foreshadow anything about the style of the film Solo, which hits theaters May 25. -via Metafilter


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Human Milk May Solve Ice Age Evolutionary Mystery

Scientists have been puzzled by a series of traits found in a mutation (known as V370A) in the human gene called EDAR. The EDAR gene controls early development of hair, teeth, sweat glands, and breasts. The V370A mutation enhances those organs, making hair thick, giving the teeth a shovel shape, and causing more branching in the mammary ducts. A previous study of the mutation focused on sweat glands, but did not answer the question of why people needed enhanced sweat glands during an Ice Age, which is when the mutation arose. A newer study looked at data from 5,000 ancient skeletons to determine who had the mutation by studying their teeth.   

We found that all of the indigenous people living in the Western Hemisphere prior to European colonization had shovel-shaped incisors, which means they all likely had the V370A mutation. In contrast, only about 40 percent of the people in Asia had shovel-shaped incisors, and essentially no one in Europe did.

This pattern suggests that a population ancestral to Native Americans experienced the strong selection for V370A, an interpretation that differed from what my colleagues found when they only looked at genomic variation in living people. Using these ancient teeth, we were able to figure out when and where the selection happened. The next question we needed to address was why this selection occurred. What was going on to make this mutation so helpful and thus so much more prevalent?   

The study focused on people living in Beringia, between Siberia and Alaska, during the last Ice Age. But was it the teeth, the sweat glands, the mammary ducts, or the hair that gave people a genetic advantage that selected for the V370A mutation? Read the story of what they found at Real Clear Science.

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How to Hold a Cat

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You may wonder how on earth there could be this much information on how to hold a cat, but Dr. Uri Burstyn, the Helpful Vancouver Vet, doesn't waste any time giving us solid information about cats and their reactions. He shows us his techniques for picking up a cat, restraining a cat, and dealing with a "shoulder cat," in case you have one of those. Squish. That. Cat. None of my cats, as needy as they are, like to be picked up. I attribute that to them being raise in a houseful of clumsy kids. -via reddit 

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The Great High School Impostor

Ukrainian university student Artur Samarin wanted to go to college in the US, but when he came to America, he was shocked at the cost. Working in a restaurant didn't allow him to save up enough money to attend school, yet he still wanted to stay in the US. A couple he knew came up with a grand scheme: they would adopt him! They told Samarin he would have to change his age, because they couldn't adopt a 19-year-old. (That wasn't true, but you cannot draw Social Security dependent benefits on a 19-year-old.) So he became 14-year-old Asher Potts and enrolled as a freshman at a high school in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

As the months, and then years, passed, the student known as Asher Potts grew into himself, an ever more notable presence on campus. He got straight A's. He ate cafeteria lunches like anyone else. He became a Color Guard Commander in Navy JROTC. He trained a swim team of 10-year-olds at the YMCA. He whiled away cool evenings cruising around town with the close friends he had no trouble making, tagging along to his first football games. But downtime was sparing, there was so much work to be done.

He spent summers in the Upward Bound science and math program at Penn State, working in the university labs he'd long fantasized about. He sat on the school board as a junior representative. He took supplemental classes at the local university downtown. He received awards for academic achievement and community service and posed for pictures with local politicians. His sophomore fall, the mayor of Harrisburg even named a crisp October Sunday "Asher Potts Day."

Then just three months before graduation, the police came for Samarin. The initial charge was passport fraud, but there were other concerns, most notably his relationship with his 15-year-old girlfriend who thought Samarin was 17. Since he was really 22, he was charged with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse. Read the most curious story of Artur Samarin at GQ. -via Digg

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An Honest Trailer for Honest Trailers

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Did Screen Junkies run out of movies to savage? Whatever the reason, they decided to go meta and turn their criticisms around and make an Honest Trailer for the Honest Trailer series. But since they really didn't know how to do that, they enlisted artificial intelligence to write it.  

With the aid of Botnik Labs, they created some magical computer program that analyzed every single Honest Trailer script and generated this masterpiece poking fun at all of our tropes, styles, and themes. It is odd. It is insane. It is amazing.

You can see the formula they always use, although the subject matter zips back and forth across the wide variety of movies they've critiqued. It makes no sense at all, but that never stopped Hollywood, so why should it stop Screen Junkies? Just enjoy the weirdness.  


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The Triple Homicide in D.C. That Laid the Groundwork for Americans’ Right to Remain Silent

We are familiar with the "right to remain silent" from hearing Miranda warnings on TV shows, but the concept goes back much further than the 1966 case of Miranda v. Arizona. Police tactics for extracting confessions landed in the Supreme Court after a 1919 murder case. Three Chinese diplomats were murdered, and Ziang Sung Wan confessed after nine days of brutal police interrogation. He recanted his confession in court, but it was deemed admissible despite his treatment because of an 1897 ruling that the only reason to exclude a confession would be because of "promises or threats" from the police. The interrogators had not used either, but there were plenty of other ways of making Wan talk.

In the quarter-century since the 1897 ruling, the country had been embroiled in a robust national debate about the ethics and efficacy of what had come to be called the “third degree.” Creative detectives had come up with many methods of extracting confessions from unwilling suspects, some of which amounted to nothing short of torture. As techniques like quartering suspects in pitch-dark cells, turning up the heat to “sweat” confessions out of them, and even blowing red pepper or releasing red ants into their cells were exposed, the public reaction was strongly negative. The newspapers began decrying the practices as brutal and un-American.

At the same time, there was a fierce debate going on in the judiciary as to what kinds of interrogations and police conduct actually were prohibited under the law. All of this, on top of the staggering evidence that Wan’s confession had been coerced, provided ample justification for the Supreme Court to bring order to the chaos surrounding confessions.

Read about the court case and its appeals at Smithsonian.


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Passing the Torch

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Avengers: Infinity War had the biggest opening weekend for a film ever, raking in $641 million globally. In North America, the movie made $257,698,183, or ten million more than the previous record-holder, The Force Awakens. In honor of the occasion, Kathleen Kennedy, head of Lucasfilm, sent a graphic greeting to Marvel Studios (which are both owned by Disney). The gesture is a continuation of a tradition made famous by Steven Spielberg and George Lucas in the 1970s and '80s. Continue reading to see some of the previous such congratulatory messages.

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In the Words of Kossula

We recently posted the story of the Clotilda, a commissioned ship that imported enslaved people from Africa in 1860, long after the practice was outlawed in the US. Acclaimed Harlem Renaissance author and trained cultural anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston interviewed and wrote a book about the last survivor of that journey. Cudjo Lewis, whose original name was Kossula, was 95 years old at the time. He told Hurston about his youth in what is now the country of Benin, his capture and voyage on the Clotilda, the slavery years, and how he built a life in America after the Civil War. Barracoon: The Story of the Last "Black Cargo" was written in 1931, but did not find a publisher.    

One publisher, Viking Press, did say it would be happy to accept the book, on the condition that Hurston rewrote it “in language rather than dialect.” She refused. Boas had impressed upon her the importance of meticulous transcription, and while her contemporaries — and authors of 19th-century slave narratives — believed “you had to strip away all the vernacular to prove black humanity,” says Salamishah Tillet, an English professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Hurston was of the exact opposite opinion.

In any event, a dejected Hurston moved on to other projects, and the manuscript for Barracoon ended up languishing in her archives at Howard University. Until a few years ago, that is, when the Zora Neale Hurston Trust acquired new literary representation: Had any unpublished treasures been left in the vault? the agents wondered.

Barracoon is scheduled for release May 8. You can read a substantial excerpt of Thurston's interviews with Lewis at Vulture. -via Metafilter


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Taking Home Base in Slow Motion


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The ball is apparently out of play -some young leagues have different rules. The coach tells the player to run to home base. You might call this "running" if you're being generous. Hey, it's his time to shine! And besides, he's seen a few movies, and knows that the crucial moment happens in slow motion so the audience doesn't miss it. You may as well make your moment of glory last as long as possible. This little boy is going places ...probably not the majors, but maybe Comedy Central. -via Tastefully Offensive  

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10 Scrapped Marvel Movies That Almost Happened

In the 1980s and '90s, the success of Superman and Batman raised interest in movies from Marvel comic books, but there were multiple factors working against such an idea. Movie studios didn't understand the draw of comic books. Movie rights to Marvel characters were scattered among several studios. Special effects weren't up to the job. And the deals that were required turned out to be quite complicated. A bunch of projects were started, but were never completed.

The most well-known—and perplexing—scrapped Marvel movie remains James Cameron’s attempt at Spider-Man in the years after Terminator 2 was released. This one was pretty far along at Carolco Pictures, with Cameron writing an extensive treatment focusing on Peter Parker developing his super powers, falling in love with Mary Jane Watson, and taking on villains like Electro and Sandman.

Though those sound like the pillars for any Spidey origin story, there were plenty of off-brand moments in the film, such as its heavy profanity and the infamous sex scene between Peter and Mary Jane atop a bridge tower. This take on the Wall Crawler probably wouldn't have found its way into your Happy Meal. The whole project fell apart when Carolco went under, which gave way to Sam Raimi's mega successful 2002 Spider-Man.

Other projects included Tom Cruise as Iron Man and Wesley Snipes as Black Panther. Read about those and more Marvel movies that weren't made at Mental Floss.


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Why English Sux

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Jordan Watson is famous for his How To Dad series. His daughters are growing up, though, and the oldest is learning to read. There is nothing that makes you question the universe more than helping a child with homework. That's what it took for Watson to realize how weird our language and spelling conventions are. -via Tastefully Offensive


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Revengers: Bootleg Avengers Knockoffs

We've seen an awful lot of cheap bootleg movie merchandise, often badly done in far-off countries to get around copyright laws, with different names that suffer in translation. If there aren't enough humorous knockoffs, how about some made just for us to laugh at? Jeff Wysaski at Obvious Plant made up a bunch of "fake fakes," based on the Avengers and the marvel Cinematic Universe. They are just weird enough to be believable. After all the trouble he went to in order to manufacture these for the photos, Wysaski offered the props for purchase. He could have charged a lot more money, because they sold out in no time. See the entire collection here. -via Boing Boing


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The Diva Who Grew Her Own Exotic Kingdom

Hanna Puacz was a Polish teenager when Russia's tsar made her into a star. With her new name Madame Ganna Walska, she became a celebrity in Europe known for her marriages, her love of plants, and her Sisyphean pursuit of a career in opera.

Madame accepted numerous marriage proposals and in total had six husbands, including a Russian count, a yogi, a playboy conman and the inventor of an electromagnetic “death ray”.

When she wasn’t playing ‘femme fatale’ and enjoying the high life that her first marriage had introduced her to, a good chunk of her time was spent in pursuit of a career as an opera singer.

The only problem was– Madame Walska couldn’t sing– or at least, if she could, no one was aware of her talent due to a crippling case of stage fright.

Madame Walska moved to the United States to avoid World War I, and in 1941 started building her legacy in the form of a garden in California known as Lotusland. Home to 3,000 plant species, Lotusland features Walska's extravagant sense of design, combining French statuary, Buddhist temples, discarded glass, giant clams, and topiary. She dedicated her life to the garden until her death at age 96. Read about Madame Ganna Walska and Lotusland at Messy Nessy Chic.


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One Man Band

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Here we have a throwback to the early days of internet animation technology, in which an artist takes a painful amount of time and effort to produce something clever, but the result is comically horrible due to the limits of the software. It appears that this is exactly the effect the artist was going for, and she achieved it brilliantly. The technical part is not as difficult as it looks, in 2018. @BarbroFarbror took a single image meme and made a music video out of it. She says the whole thing took about two hours, and then explains how she did it. -via reddit


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Giant Duck on the Loose

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A giant duck was spotted rolling down the street on Thursday in Des Moines. His name is Quacky.

Quacky, owned by Youth Emergency Shelter and Services, became untethered from his temporary home at Two Rivers Marketing, 106 E 6th St. in Des Moines, around 7 p.m. and rolled approximately two blocks before coming to a halt.

"I am happy to report the duck is back home in its nest and very safe and undamaged," said Stephen Quirk, CEO of YESS.

No foul play is suspected. Quirk blamed the windy weather for the loose duck.

Quacky had been working to promote the organization's annual duck derby, to be held May 5. -via Dave Barry


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Why Can’t We Figure Out How the Vikings Crossed the Atlantic?

In the 10th century, Vikings sailed from Norway to Greenland, but the ancient accounts of the voyage don't give us much technical information about how they found their way. That's a long trip if you don't have navigational aids.

Navigation, however, was no easy task. There was no map or chart to rely on, no sextant for celestial navigation, and no magnetic compass to help with dead reckoning. (That was how Columbus did it 500 years later.) The Norse sagas offer a few hints about how Vikings rowed and sailed along—but they are vague and incomplete. Close to shore, Viking mariners relied on coastal landmarks, such as how the sun seemed to hang between two particular mountains. Out at sea, when they were lucky, they had the sun and the predictable movements of migratory birds. But the sagas shed little light on how they managed during cloudy or stormy days, common occurrences in the North Atlantic.

One theory is that they used "sunstones," or crystals, which can reveal the position of the sun on a cloudy day if you know how to use one. But the evidence for this is scant. Read about the use of crystals for ocean navigation at Atlas Obscura.


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This Is What Your Tongue Looks Like When You Talk

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Speaking seems like a pretty straightforward and natural activity to those of us who do it, but have you ever wondered what it looks like from the inside? It can be unsettling to watch. That tongue that we use and misuse every minute of the day looks totally foreign when we see the muscle at work in an MRI video.

The European Patent Office nominated physicist and MRI pioneer Jens Frahm at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry as one of the three finalists for its European Inventor award, in the field of research. In the mid-1980’s, over a decade after the MRI was developed, Frahm invented FLASH MRI, a faster way to view what’s going on inside our bodies. In 2010, he and his team developed FLASH2, speeding the imaging up to real-time.

To celebrate their recognition, the institute released a handful of real-time MRI films of people speaking and singing. You can see the lips, tongue, soft palate, and larynx moving together to form words, all in German. It’s weird!

There's another video of a man singing at Motherboard. -via Digg


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When Not-So-Smart People Do Not-So-Smart Things

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It's about time we had a roundup of stupidity to make ourselves feel smart in comparison. Well, we all know that a brain cramp can happen any time, even to people who are usually fairly well together, and we are just lucky that our screwups aren't enshrined in photographs. That said, no one reading this at Neatorama would ever tie a load down like the folks in the above picture. And the delivery below requires a vicious streak, unless it's just cluelessness.    

 
There are twelve pages of submitted stupidity in a gallery at Bored Panda, ranked by reader votes.


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Baboons React to Their Own Reflection

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A crew from BBC Earth left a camera out in the midst of a group of baboons. A pretty large camera, with a lens that acted as a mirror. Instead of wrecking the camera out of curiosity, the baboons wanted to examine their own reflections. What the camera recorded was a wide variety of reactions and facial expressions among the troop, not unlike what you'd expect from humans in front of a mirror. This clip is from the show The Secret Life Of Primates: Baboons. -via Laughing Squid


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Shanghaiing: How Trickery And Deception Turned Thousands of Unwilling Men Into Sailors

In the era of sailing ships, the 16th through the 19th centuries, ships couldn't recruit enough men to stay at sea for months earning low wages and eating hardtack, so they shanghaied them. That was the term for kidnapping sailors, possibly because Shanghai was the destination for many of them. Agents called "crimps" in America could make good money providing hands for ships, whether they were willing or not.      

The most straightforward method for a crimp to shanghai a victim is to render him unconscious, often by drugging his drink but a blow to the head works equally well, then forge his signature on the ship's articles during the time of delivery to the ship’s captain. If the unconscious victim is not known to the crimp, a name would be invented. It was not uncommon for an unwilling sailor to wake up at sea and find himself with a new name.

The crimps made good money from shanghaiing. A well-run operation could fetch as much as $9,500 per year in 1890s dollars, equivalent to about a quarter million dollars in today’s money. Aside from the fee, the crimp also collected, on behalf of the men he shanghaied, the two months advance pay that was allowed before a trip so that sailors could pay off debts and prepare themselves for the trip. It was a very lucrative enterprise.

Read about several crimps and their notorious methods of shanghaiing sailors, including one incident where money was collected for sailors that were actually delivered dead, at Amusing Planet. -via Strange Company  


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Hydraulic Press vs. Non-Newtonian Fluid

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Dissolved corn starch makes a non-Newtonian fluid that turns solid under sudden force. We've seen how you can run across a pool of it, but a slow walk means you'll be swimming. What would happen if you forced it through an extruder with a hydraulic press? Lauri Vuohensilta shows us with his hydraulic press.

After the cornstarch, he has some fun with color-changing putty, cheese, ballistic gel, crayons, canned shaving cream, and soap bars, all which go through the extruder in spectacular fashion.  -Thanks, Edward!


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University Installed "Cry Closet" for Stressed Out Students


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Psst, college students - are you stressed out? The University of Utah has the solution that is just in time for final exams. Behold, the "Cry Closet," a safe space where you can cry out the stress of college life in convenient privacy.

Titled "A Safe Place for Stressed Out Students Otherwise known as The Cry Closet," the whole thing is actually an art installation by senior Nemo Miller (@Nemosanartist) who made it as part of an assignment for a woodshop techniques class.

Written in front of the closet are the five rules of using the closet:


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Shaq the Mathematician

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Shaquille O'Neal has a doctorate in education, but everyone has a brain fart occasionally. His came on the TV show Inside the NBA, which can be classified as either a sports talk show or a comedy. The subject is how to save money on gas, which devolves into a comedy of errors as each participant focuses on a different aspect of the problem.  

It's about two minutes in before Shaq figures out his math error, but the logic problem remains. The price of running this particular car is going to be the same no matter how often you stop for gas or how much you put in. And the entire cast is ignoring the fact that the size of the tank really has no bearing on its mileage. What really matters is how how many miles you can drive on a gallon of gas.

That said, you shouldn't let your vehicle run all the way to empty, because in many cars, the fuel pump is cooled by the gasoline, and running it empty will wear out your pump. Don't ask me how I know.

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100 Years and Three Generations Forward

Redditor bluebull62 fits perfectly in his great-grandfather's uniform from World War I. He (the great-grandfather) served in France as a mechanic and test pilot, meaning he repaired and flew airplanes made of sticks and fabric. Bluebull62's grandfather is 82 and wanted to see him model the uniform before he goes into a nursing home. You can see from the side-by-side pictures that it would take him back to the memory of his own father.   



He also posted a few other pictures in a gallery, including one with the overcoat and hat. Bluebull62's great-grandfather on the other side of the family was in the Navy during World War II. Will he also go into the military? That remains to be seen -he's only 17 years old now.


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The Little-Known Lives of the Women in Classic Hollywood

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Golden Age Hollywood gave us actresses whose names will live for as long as the movies do, like Marilyn Monroe, Mae West, Greta Garbo, Audrey Hepburn, Marlene Dietrich, Elizabeth Taylor, and others. Behind the carefully-crafted publicity campaigns, there are plenty of secrets about these women that the studios hid from the public. But the trivia in the latest episode of Scatterbrained from Mental Floss isn't limited to scandals. Learn about the restrictions they worked under, the lengths they went for a role, and their lesser-known accomplishments, too. On top of all that, the show has a section debunking common misconceptions about Hollywood actresses.   


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