- Disco Clam
- Ingenious Invention: Tire Chains That Deploy with the Flip of a Switch
- Strange Fruits: Now That's Fruit Art!
- Shortest Film
- Have a Nice Lunch Bag
- Say "Cheese!"
- The Evolutionary Biology of Star Trek
- Wayne Dobson Doesn't Have Your Lost Cell Phones
- Modeling Agency Specializes in Ugly People
- Cat Survives 1,700 Miles Under Train
- Twins Married Twins, Begot Twins
- Dear Abby Dies at the Age of 94
- TARDIS Coasters
- Cleaning Out the Electricity
- Heartbroken Dog Goes to Church to Wait for Dead Owner
- Movie Spoiler Pictograms
- The Infidelity Phone
- Hand Sanitizer
- Collages from Recycled Computer Parts
- Defrosting a Frozen Building
- Savory Bacon Sticks
- Laundry Basketball
- What Is It? game 260
- Papercraft Higgs Boson
- Ten Things You Probably Didn't Know About Muhammad Ali
Posted: 18 Jan 2013 04:00 AM PST
Disco didn't die, it just moved ... into this Disco Clam who has its own far-out strobe-light show! Meet the Wakatobi Disco Clam, the only bivalve known to produce a controlled light show in its mouth.
But why does the Disco Clam produce such a Disco Inferno display? It's probably related to how it is, erhm, Stayin' Alive. Or perhaps That's The Way I(t) Like(s) It. In any case, UC Berkeley researcher Lindsey Dougherty and colleages are Think(ing) About It:
Posted: 18 Jan 2013 02:00 AM PST
Brilliant! Apparently these things have been around since the 70s, but I've only now heard of On-Spot tire chains. These gadgets have short lengths of steel chain attached to a spindle. When the driver encounters heavy snow, s/he can lower them to tire level. The spindles spin with the wheels, driving the chains beneath the tires. When the driver turns them off, spring tension raises the spindles back up.
Posted: 18 Jan 2013 12:00 AM PST
Posted: 17 Jan 2013 11:00 PM PST
Posted: 17 Jan 2013 10:00 PM PST
It's a new year! Are you resolved to pack more lunches and eat out less? You need the motivational Have a Nice Lunch Bag from the NeatoShop. This adorable insulated smiley face bag is great to keep your lunch fresh and your mood upbeat and happy.
Be sure to check out the NeatoShop for more great Lunch Bags.
Posted: 17 Jan 2013 10:00 PM PST
Posted: 17 Jan 2013 09:00 PM PST
For hundreds of thousands of years, several species of humans existed at the same time: the Neanderthals, the Denisovans, Homo erectus, Homo floresiensis, and possibly others we don't know about. An essay at io9 compares the speciation of early humans with the different aliens in the world of Star Trek. Now this might seem silly on the surface, but bear with me. The Star Trek franchise began in 1966, before computers made special effects aliens possible, and they had a limited budget anyway, so all the aliens from different galaxies were human-shaped, with only slight differences in prothetic makeup to distinguish them -and they could even interbreed. Six TV series, a dozen films, and five decades later, that trope continues. The series tried to explain it away in an episode of Star Trek: TNG called "The Chase" in which the connections between all the humanoid aliens are explained by a common ancestor, who left a message:
The episode was deemed ridiculous and universally hated by fans. But it led Annalee Newitz to consider the possible analogies that could be made about early humans and their separate evolutionary histories. The different species of early humans all arose from Africa, but left the continent for other parts of the world at different times.
Whether human evolution is actually anything like a reverse-engineered explanation for economically-designed extraterrestrials is hard to say, but the essay and the points it raises about our ancestors on earth is a "fascinating" read. Link
Posted: 17 Jan 2013 08:00 PM PST
If you lost your cell phone, don't go bothering Wayne Dobson. See, for the past two years, the 59-year-old retiree has been confronted by people who showed up at his doorstep at all hours of the night, claiming that he's got their lost phones:
The problem seems to be the way Sprint translates GPS info of these lost phones to Dobson's home address. Lawrence Mower of the Las Vegas Review-Journal explains: Link (Photo: John Locher/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Posted: 17 Jan 2013 07:00 PM PST
Dell, pictured above, is a professional model. Yes, really! He may be...uh, aesthetically challenged, but that's only to his benefit. Ugly Models, a London-based modeling agency, specializes in getting photographers models with unusual physical appearances. At their website, you can view their four categories: men, women, "specials" and Guinness World Records.
That last category is...wow. Just wow.
Posted: 17 Jan 2013 06:00 PM PST
Polly the cat was found after riding 1,700 miles around England and Wales in the undercarriage of a train. It is thought that she stayed in the undercarriage for at least two days in fear after badly mangling her front limb. Train manager Emily Mahoney-Smith found the cat when she heard meowing at a stop on the way to Cornwall.
Polly's owners had not seen the cat in three weeks and thought she was gone for good. They gave permission for her limb to be amputated. Polly is recovering well and will be returned home soon. Link -via Arbroath, where you can see a video.
Posted: 17 Jan 2013 04:00 PM PST
Life is two-riffic with twins, but twins that married twins and begot twins? Now that's life straight out of a Doublemint gum advertisement.
When twin brothers Craig and Mark Sanders met twin sisters Darlene and Diane Nettemeier, they fell in love and had a double wedding (of course). Now, one of the couples ended up with ... you guessed it: identical twin boys!
TODAY News has the full story and video clip: Link
Posted: 17 Jan 2013 03:35 PM PST
Pauline Phillips, better known as Dear Abby, has passed away at the age of 94.
Philips did not begin her professional career as a writer until she was 37 when she wrote to a newspaper complaining that she, a housewife and mother of two, could give better advice to the readers.
The editor of the paper apparently agreed. Her first "Dear Abby" column appeared in the San Francisco chronicle on January 9, 1956. It was syndicated that same year and went on to become the world's most widely syndicated column. Phillips continued writing the column until 2002 when it was announced that she suffered from Alzheimer's Disease.
Pithy advice seems to runs in the family. Pauline Phillip's twin sister was known by the pen name Ann Landers.
Phillip's daughter Jeanne Phillips has continued the legacy of writing the column known for its succinct, yet meaningful, advice.
Posted: 17 Jan 2013 03:00 PM PST
Are you tired of the good Doctor popping up unexpectedly and making a mess of your place? Encourage your favorite time traveling friend to be respectful of your coffee table with the TARDIS Coasters from the NeatoShop. This great set includes four TARDIS shaped coasters. They make a wonderful gift for any Doctor Who fan.
Be sure to check out the NeatoShop for more fantastic Doctor Who items.
Posted: 17 Jan 2013 03:00 PM PST
What do you do -should you call an electrician or a plumber? Good luck getting either one to touch this! -via reddit
Posted: 17 Jan 2013 02:00 PM PST
After the death of its owner two months ago, a brokenhearted dog waits in vain in the church where her funeral was held.
Many years ago, Maria Lochi of San Donaci, Italy, found a stray dog abandoned in a field near her home and adopted it. The dog followed her everywhere, including to church for weekly mass. After her funeral, Father Donato Panna let the dog come to Mass to wait patiently:
Posted: 17 Jan 2013 01:00 PM PST
Designer Matteo Civaschi of Studio H-57 made a series of movie pictograms that spell out the entire plot.
Yes, they all contains spoilers, but they are all classics. In the off chance you haven't yet seen the movies, you probably wouldn't understand the pictogram anyway. See the rest at My Modern Met. Link -via Geeks Are Sexy
Posted: 17 Jan 2013 12:00 PM PST
Got a cheatin' heart? Better ditch that iPhone and get yourself the phone of choice by adulterers: the Fujitsu F-Series flip phones.
In the era of smartphones, the Fujitsu F-Series flip phones aren't the coolest looking - but it has a feature that make it uniquely suitable for cheaters. Sure, you can lock your smartphone and that there are apps that can erase text messages and call history, but the genius of these flip phones - nicknamed the "uwaki keitai" or "infidelity phone" is that they have a "private mode" that hides incoming calls and messages:
A Japanese blogger named Bakanabe told The Wall Street Journal:
An ex-senior executive at Japan's mobile phone carrier NTT DoCoMo quipped that if Tiger Woods had this phone, he wouldn't have gotten in trouble.
Daisuke Wakabayashi of The Wall Street Journal has more: Link
Posted: 17 Jan 2013 10:00 AM PST
If you are trying to avoid the flu, simple math tells us that placing all your faith in hand sanitizer is a mistake. Randall Munroe at xkcd even did the math for you! Wash your hands, cover those sneezes, and get a flu shot. Link -Thanks, Ned Scioneaux!
Posted: 17 Jan 2013 09:00 AM PST
Artist Anna Dabrowska, who goes by Finnabair, creates lovely collages by reusing discarded computer parts, mechanical leftovers, and other objects that an imaginative mind can find useful.
See a selection of Finnabair's works at the new site Tech Graffiti. Link
Posted: 17 Jan 2013 08:00 AM PST
Bike manufacturer SRAM bought a unique storage building in Chicago. It was formerly a ten-story freezer for Chicago’s Fulton Market District. All that freezer space had to be defrosted before it could be used for anything else!
Posted: 17 Jan 2013 07:00 AM PST
Are you planning a romantic Valentine's Day dinner? Don't forget the Savory Bacon Sticks from the NeatoShop. Nothing screams romance like bacon-flavored snack sticks. Each box of bacony goodness includes a bonus temporary tattoo.
Be sure to check out the NeatoShop for more delciously fun Bacon items.
Posted: 17 Jan 2013 07:00 AM PST
Posted: 17 Jan 2013 06:30 AM PST
Once again, it's time for our collaboration with the always amusing What Is It? Blog! Do you know what the object in this picture is? You can win even if you don't know!
Posted: 17 Jan 2013 06:00 AM PST
Gaze into eternity. Papercrafting duo Zim and Zou created this depiction of the Higgs boson particle as a cover illustration for an issue of Le Monde that explored the fifty-year search for the particle. This is just the cover image. They made several other sculptures to express the nature of the Higgs boson. You can see them at the link.
Posted: 17 Jan 2013 05:00 AM PST
Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali) was the greatest boxer ever to lift a glove. Heavyweight boxing, without his amazing presence, is nowadays dull and almost completely uninteresting. Can anyone name the current heavyweight champion of the world? Ali turns 71 today, and in his honor, here are ten facts about "The Greatest."
7. He record a record album and a single.
In 1975, Ali fought a little-known boxer named Chuck Wepner ("The Bayonne Bleeder"). Ali was a heavy favorite, and he did win, but it took him the full 15 rounds to get the decision. Wepner's courage in going the full distance with the famous world champion inspired a young, unknown writer/actor named Sylvester Stallone to write the screenplay for his classic film Rocky. Rocky's opponent in the film, Apollo Creed, was based on Ali.
"The Story Of Muhammad Ali" by Udi Verma & Paul Lane
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