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Sailor Rations in the 18th Century

What did sailors eat in the 1700s? It wasn't all hardtack, even though there was plenty of that. The provisions for each man were strictly enforced, because it could be a long time before the ship took on more supplies. Jon Townsend uses a published sailor's diary to explain how sailors ate, as he recreates a recipe for burgoo.


The Secret Sauce of James Holzhauer’s Jeopardy! Success

Last week, James Holzhauer set a new record for one-day winnings on the game show Jeopardy! He's now on a streak that may break Ken Jennings all-time money-winning record, and even faster than Jennings. How does he do it? Well, it helps that you know a lot of answers, but that's not all it takes to do well on a game show. Every game is different, and Jeopardy! requires a certain set of skills to do well, even if you're very smart.

...what sets apart the really, truly dominant players like James isn’t just luck, smarts, or betting strategy: It’s the buzzer, and James is very, very, very good at using it.

“He had a lot of questions about the subtlety of the buzzer right away,” says Jeopardy! producer Maggie Speak, who oversees contestant coordination and leads an hourlong group orientation for new players each taping day. “Before he ever hit the stage, it was: ‘Well, what if I do this?’ He had a lot of very specific questions about the timing of the buzzer.”

The buzzer isn't the only strategy Holzhauer has going for him. Read an analysis of Jeopardy! star James Holzhauer at The Ringer. -via Metafilter

(Image credit: Jeopardy Productions/Ringer)


Garbage of the Damned

Garbage of the Damned

The scene opens. It is a quiet evening in a normal and unsuspecting suburban town. Suddenly five masked creatures, with long fingers and sharp claws, emerge from the depth of the sewer. They are hunting for their next meal. Silently these animals bound through the manicured streets. Moonlight glistens off their victim as he stands alone at the curb. This is the Garbage of the Damned

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‘Bambi’s Mom’ Offered as Course at Australian Restaurant

Drawing from one of the saddest Disney moments, you’ll surely shed tears when eating “Bambi’s Mom” at this Disney-themed restaurant named Nel. The restaurant is run by Australian Chef Nelly Robinson. The dish is “venison slow cooked and served over a beetroot sauce with two [shotgun] shell casings of a special seasoning spice.” Just seeing the meal would give you a blast from the past, and eating it would be a tearful experience.

The 11-course meal is one that is quite interesting and a bit off the wall with its names and items, but the restaurant is well known for such dishes. “Once Upon A Time” is a limited time engagement which is available now but only through June 29, as per Inside The Magic.

See the whole course menu at the Inquisitr.

(Image Credit: Inside the Magic)


Getting Healthy with VR: How This Sedentary Writer Became A VR Evangelist

Any type of work that consists of you sitting on a chair for eight hours straight or more needs to be reconsidered. There are many health risks in living an inactive or sedentary life, something that Shawn Kittelsen found out a couple of years ago.

He had been working as a writer for two years, all day sitting on a chair writing. Until one day, a jolt shot through his back and he was unable to move. He developed herniated discs which left him immobile for the better part of several months.

Of course, he knew that the best solution was to exercise and get his body moving but it caused him too much pain and suffering to do so. He was trying to look for other methods to deal with his situation and he found salvation in VR. This is his story.

(Image credit: ESA/Wikimedia Commons)


In Thailand: Dog Swims 135 Miles off the Coast

Strong dog here.

Workers unexpectedly found this dog near where they work — at an oil rig some 135 miles off Thailand’s coast. Upon seeing this canine, the workers immediately took action and rescued the shivering doggo.

From CNN:

Rig worker Vitisak Payalaw, an offshore planner with Chevron, told CNN that fellow staff members spotted the dog swimming towards the platform on the afternoon of April 12, and held out a pole for him. But, buffeted by the waves, he was unable to climb up, his grasp repeatedly slipping.
"I thought that if we didn't move quickly, I would not be able to help him," said Payalaw. "If he lost his grip, it would be very difficult to help him."

After lifting the dog on board and giving him some water and some electrolyte drink, they named him Boonrod, which means “survivor.”

(Image Credit: Rescue Team Members of Chevron Thailand Exploration & Production)


When Your Parents Were Cooler Than You Will Ever Be

Kids love their parents, but come to think of them as old and out of touch. Eventually all of us realize that our parents were once young, and have a lifetime of experience that they might never have told us about. Leo_nardo has a picture of his mom casually strolling through a line of armed National Guard troops at a 1969 protest in Berkeley. While pregnant. She met the photographer at an exhibit weeks later and got a copy of the picture. ThomCarn showed us his dad at age 22, when he flew a Mirage F-1 for the French Air Force.

Some were warriors or brave immigrants, others took to the road for adventure. One even pinned Chuck Norris. Some just looked too cool for the next generation to believe. See 76 such pictures in a ranked list at Bored Panda.


Little Boy Runs Over Chicken, Brings it to Hospital

What a thoughtful and adorable little fellow.

Derek C Lalchhanhima, a 6-year old Moziram boy, accidentally ran over his neighbor’s chicken. The worried boy then went home and begged his parents to bring the chicken to the hospital, to which they asked him to go himself. Derek eventually went back home upset.

From Hindustan Times:

“His parents finally had to explain to him that the chick is dead and that there’s nothing they can do at the hospital,” she said, adding that Derek’s father was surprised at his son’s reaction. “He’s always been a rather unique kid,” he told her.
The post about little Derek has received over one lakh [100,000] reactions, more than 87,000 shares and a ton of comments on Facebook.

Would you the same as well?

(Image Credit: Sanga Says/ Facebook)


Urine Salts Used to Reconstruct Human History

It was considered a crucial point in history when we humans transitioned from hunting and gathering and herding. The intensive production of food brought about technological advances that have enabled life today. I guess less time to worry about food, more time to study the world.

“How and when did this take place?” That would be difficult to answer. Fortunately, a new study published in Science Advances tried to reconstruct history through a different source: human and animal pee.


Whereas dung is commonly used in all sorts of studies, "this is the first time, to our knowledge, that people have picked up on salts in archaeological materials, and used them in a way to look at the development of animal management," says lead author Jordan Abell, a graduate student at Columbia's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.

The team used the urine salts to calculate the density of humans and animals at the site over time, estimating that around 10,000 years ago, the density of people and animals occupying the settlement jumped from near zero to approximately one person or animal for every 10 square meters. The results suggest that domestication may have been more rapid than previously expected. They also support the idea that the Neolithic Revolution didn't have just one birthplace in the Fertile Crescent of the Mideast, but rather occurred across several locations simultaneously.

See more of this amazing discovery at

(Image Credit: G. Duru/


How Easter Egg Trees Almost Became an American Tradition

Every few years, you may be surprised by the number of Easter egg trees both inside and out. The custom spikes and then fades in America, but its roots go back further than you might know.

In 1890s New York, it was even something of a craze. But despite brief bursts of popularity, Kaufman writes, today “egg trees are a dismal failure when compared to Christmas trees, found only in a few public fora and very scattered homes.”

Much like the Christmas tree, the custom likely came to the United States with German immigrants, entrenching itself among the Pennsylvania Dutch. (Although the Easter egg tree is typically a bare-branched tree hung with eggs, rather than an evergreen.) Across parts of Pennsylvania and Appalachia, Kaufman writes, women considered egg trees a type of good-luck charm, especially when it came to fertility.

But hanging eggs on a tree has never become a widespread tradition in the US. Maybe the Easter egg tree never caught on in a big way because it doesn't serve the purpose of a Christmas tree. In the dark, cold days of winter, an evergreen tree with lights is a delightful respite. By Easter, warmer countries already have plenty of flowers blooming. Read about the varying tradition of the Easter egg tree at Atlas Obscura.


Explaining 'Senpai' Beyond Its Popular Meme Usage

If you are in any way aware of internet culture, memes, and the anime community, you might have heard of the phrase "notice me senpai" which usually involves a young, teenage girl adoring an older guy, usually her senior in high school, and wanting him to reciprocate her affections.

But often anime caricatures or representations aren't completely accurate in its depictions of ordinary life in Japan. And the term "senpai" doesn't generally convey a romantic connotation. In this guide, you may learn a little bit more about the term, its meaning, and how to properly use it in context.

(Image credit: Jean Wei/Tofugu)


The First Molecule Found

The one that gave birth to all other things, the first molecule, has been found by astrophysicists. This confirms what they already knew had existed. The molecule is a helium hydride ion (HeH+).

Though what they found wasn't exactly the original, they say it has the same molecular structure as that which came first.

"For the first time, we've detected the same type of molecule in a nearby nebula," said David Neufeld, co-author of the study in the journal Nature, who's a professor and astrophysicist at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

We now have several pieces of the puzzle that would give us an understanding of the events that took place at the beginning, the Big Bang, and how the rest of matter came into existence. All we need to do is to try and put them together.

Of course, even after all the data and evidence, we might still only have a rudimentary understanding of the universe's origins but we must continue to forge onward. And these efforts are making it possible to reconstruct the events that occurred at the beginning and those that followed to unveil the secrets of the universe.

(Image credit: William B. Latter/SIRTF Science Center/Caltech; NASA/ESA)


In Colorado: “Buy Your Own Vote” Method Proposed

A new voting method was proposed in Colorado: quadratic voting. This was the result of some concept work by Microsoft Research economist Glen Weyl. The rules are simple. The number of votes is multiplied by itself. Think of it as X squared. 

1 vote? $1.00. 

2 votes? $4.00 

5 votes? $25.00.

From Wired

“Fundamentally, quadratic voting addresses the problem of the tyranny of the majority, a standard criticism of democracy,” Weyl says. “Standard rules are based on the notion that everybody is exactly the same and cares the same amount. If you doubt that’s a problem, think about the plight of African Americans in the United States, or the drug war, which dramatically affects certain groups of people.” But with quadratic voting, you can vote harder on what’s closer to home. And when the vote is over, all the money in the pot gets distributed to each voter equally, which is supposed to sort of re-grade the playing field for next time.
Like a lot of other similarly intricate ideas, quadratic voting sets out to solve a fundamental problem in the field of “social choice,” which is to say, how groups of people choose what they want. It may seem like the purest solution is one-person-one-vote, sometimes delightfully abbreviated as “1p1v.” But it doesn’t work as well as it should. Like, a “plurality election” is where the candidate with the most votes wins, but when you have multiple candidates, it’s possible for someone to get a small number of votes but still win if his or her total was higher than the next candidate down. (That happens in a crowded presidential primary.) The American Electoral College system allocates points on a state-by-state, winner take all basis, which means someone can lose the 1p1v “popular” vote by quite a lot and still win. (Hello, Mr. President.) And in the US, slightly more than half of voters, or half of congress, can enforce their will over the other less-than-half—even if the numbers are really close or the will is really disproportionate.

What could be the reason for this kind of voting system to be proposed? Find out on Wired.

(Image Credit: Fir0002/Flagstaffotos / Wikimedia)


Don’t Be Silent When This Woman Asks You If She’s Pretty

What do you think? Is this woman pretty? You might want to think what your answer will be… or you might get assaulted.

Lizeth Guadalupe Ramirez, a 20-year old woman in Texas, allegedly attacked her husband after asking him if she was pretty and receiving only silence from him. Apparently, the husband did not hear the question as they were inside the theater. This greatly made Ramirez upset, and she urged the both of them to leave the theater.

From Fox:

During their ride home, Ramirez's husband claimed she allegedly hit him repeatedly. At their home, she allegedly continued to hit him and even assaulted a family member who tried to intervene, according to the news outlet.

(Image Credit: Webb County Sheriff’s Office)


Woman Throws Coins at Plane’s Engine For Safe Trip, Gets Arrested

Looks like this woman brought misfortune — instead of good fortune — to the other passengers of Tianjin Airlines.

A 66-year old woman surnamed Wang got arrested after throwing 6 pieces of coins at the plane’s engine to pray for a safe trip. The old woman was then placed under administrative detention for 10 days. The flight was delayed for two hours, but it managed to take off, and the passengers reached their destination safely. Well, at least her prayer worked.

From :

Fortunately, the coins were noticed by a worker. When an announcement was made for the thrower of the coins to step forward, Wang remained seated. However, she was revealed as the culprit by surveillance footage.
This is now at least the seventh time that this kind of thing has happened in China in the past two years. Somehow, it’s only becoming more and more frequent.

I just hope people would trust airplanes more.

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