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  • Peanut Sneakers
    A little over a month ago we posted about croissant sneakers. Food-themed sneakers are apparently the big new thing, because Planters Peanuts has now debuted peanut sneakers, retailing for $170.And not to be outdone, Ruffles Chips has introduced lim…
    - 52 days ago 29 Jun 19, 11:41am -
  • Bugs Bunny and the Pirate
    Could you make an effective cartoon with sound only? See what you think.
    - 52 days ago 29 Jun 19, 6:42am -
  • Coated tongue means self-poisoning
    From back in the day when advertisers just tried to scare consumers silly:"Coated tongue means self-poisoning. Correct it by all means."Click to enlargeNew York Daily News - Apr 14, 1932
    - 53 days ago 28 Jun 19, 11:01am -
  • Marion Stokes and Her 70,000 VHS Tapes
    Article here.
    - 53 days ago 28 Jun 19, 7:35am -
  • Rosa Hernandez: The Cleaning Lady
    When San Diego performance artist Claudio Cano does her act, much of the audience isn’t aware that she’s actually performing, because her performance consists of dressing up as a Latina maid (whom she calls Rosa Hernandez) and sweeping or mopping…
    - 54 days ago 27 Jun 19, 11:25am -
  • Gags and Gals:  Mail Order Brides

    - 54 days ago 27 Jun 19, 7:39am -
  • Using Coca-Cola to dissolve phytobezoars
    Coca-Cola isn’t just for drinking. It also has a medical use: to dissolve gastric phytobezoars (masses of indigestible material in the gastrointestinal system). Doctors administer the Coca-Cola via a tube threaded through the nose down into the int…
    - 55 days ago 26 Jun 19, 11:26am -
  • Artwork Khrushchev Probably Would Not Have Liked 22
    The avant garde that irked Khrushchev flourished in Japan also, as we learn in this article.
    - 55 days ago 26 Jun 19, 7:41am -
  • How to reset a GE smart bulb
    Turn off for 5 seconds, then on for 8 seconds, then off for 2 seconds, then on for 8 seconds, then off for 2 seconds, then on for 8 seconds… This has got to be a test to see how long until people simply smash the bulb against the wall in frustrati…
    - 56 days ago 25 Jun 19, 11:23am -
  • The Tree-Sitting Fad of 1930
    A national craze for a short time.Article here.Another article.Not everyone was cooperative, as seen below.Source.
    - 56 days ago 25 Jun 19, 7:40am -

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  • nieuwPilgrims gather for cosmic-like ritual in Bulgaria's mountains
    Thousands of pilgrims gathered Monday in Bulgaria's Rila mountains to welcome their "spiritual" new year with a cosmic-like dance performed in concentric circles, creating a striking image on the verdant mountain plain. The white-clad dancers hiked…
    - 12 hours ago 19 Aug 19, 7:14pm -
  • Bulgaria seizes cocaine smuggled in banana shipment
    A warehouse worker has discovered 75 kilogrammes (165 lb) of cocaine hidden among bananas shipped from Ecuador to Bulgaria's Black Sea port of Burgas, prosecutors and police said Saturday. The drugs were packed in bricks wrapped up in metal foil and…
    - 3 days ago 17 Aug 19, 4:57pm -
  • Eye of the swarm: experts take sting out of urban beekeeping
    "A swarm of bees... really looks like a biblical event," said 53-year-old Del Voss, one of about 100 amateur beekeepers in Washington. In 1947, there were about six million US honeybee hives but the figure dropped to 2.4 million in the following 60…
    - 3 days ago 17 Aug 19, 1:34am -
  • Greenland cold-shoulders Trump's buyer's interest
    Greenland is not for sale, local authorities said Friday, after a newspaper reported that US President Donald Trump is looking into whether it might be possible for the United States to buy the mineral-rich Arctic island. Trump has expressed interes…
    - 3 days ago 16 Aug 19, 9:37pm -
  • EU's von der Leyen bids Germany goodbye with Scorpions hit
    EU president-elect Ursula von der Leyen chose the Scorpions' smash hit "Wind of Change", which has become an anthem for the fall of the Berlin Wall, for her official departure ceremony in Berlin on Thursday. The power ballad by the German rock band,…
    - 4 days ago 15 Aug 19, 9:17pm -
  • One for the rodent: Rats a cheap street snack in Cambodia
    As he tears off a leg of a charcoal-grilled rat at a roadside stall in western Cambodia, Yit Sarin hails the simple joy of rodent and rice washed down with beer. "It's delicious," he says of the snack. Barbecued field rats are not everybody's idea…
    - 5 days ago 15 Aug 19, 2:08pm -
  • Daredevils, balloons and bangles for Indian Independence Day
    India became a sea of saffron, white and green Thursday as the nation of 1.3 billion celebrated Independence Day in characteristically colourful fashion. India became independent from colonial power Britain on August 15, 1947. Towards midnight Jawa…
    - 5 days ago 15 Aug 19, 10:02am -
  • Playing god: Japan temple puts faith in robot priest
    The android Kannon, based on the Buddhist deity of mercy, preaches sermons at Kodaiji temple in Kyoto, and its human colleagues predict that with artificial intelligence it could one day acquire unlimited wisdom. "This robot will never die, it will…
    - 6 days ago 14 Aug 19, 1:31pm -
  • The rugby-mad duo cycling from Twickenham to Tokyo
    They survived angry dogs in Iran and stomach bugs in India, and have slept in monasteries, underpasses and on farms -- it's been a madcap adventure for a pair of rugby enthusiasts cycling from Twickenham to Tokyo for charity ahead of the Rugby World…
    - 9 days ago 11 Aug 19, 4:08am -
  • Medieval bridge faces troubled waters in Belgium
    The demolition of a historic bridge across a Belgian river is triggering fears among residents of Tournai that the city symbol will be disfigured permanently when a new span replaces it. The authorities insist they chose the most cost-effective opti…
    - 11 days ago 9 Aug 19, 5:52pm -

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  • nieuwA map of the brain can tell what you're reading about
    Neuroscientists have created interactive maps that can predict where different categories of words activate the brain. Their latest map is focused on what happens in the brain when you read stories.
    - 10 hours ago 19 Aug 19, 9:57pm -
  • nieuwSpinning lightwaves on a one-way street
    Researchers have created a quantum spin wave for light. This can be a carrier of information for future nanotechnologies but with a unique twist: they only flow in one direction.
    - 16 hours ago 19 Aug 19, 3:27pm -
  • nieuwA second planet in the Beta Pictoris system
    A team of astronomers has discovered a second giant planet in orbit around alpha Pictoris, a star that is relatively young (23 million years old) and close (63.4 light years), and surrounded by a disk of dust. The alpha Pictoris system has fascinated…
    - 16 hours ago 19 Aug 19, 3:27pm -
  • nieuwHeat shield just 10 atoms thick to protect electronic devices
    Atomically thin materials could create heat-shields for cell phones or laptops that would protect people and temperature-sensitive components and make future electronic gadgets even more compact.
    - 16 hours ago 19 Aug 19, 3:27pm -
  • Nylon as a building block for transparent electronic devices?
    Scientists have solved a four decade long challenge of producing very thin nylon films that can be used for instance in electronic memory components. The thin nylon films are several 100 times thinner than human hair and could thus be attractive for…
    - 3 days ago 16 Aug 19, 11:14pm -
  • Best of both worlds: Asteroids and massive mergers
    Researchers are using the Catalina Sky Survey's near-Earth object telescopes to locate the optical counterparts to gravitational waves triggered by massive mergers.
    - 4 days ago 16 Aug 19, 1:24pm -
  • 'Invisible ink' on antique Nile papyrus revealed by multiple methods
    Researchers studied a small piece of papyrus that was excavated on the island of Elephantine on the River Nile a little over 100 years ago. The team used serval methods including non-destructive techniques at BESSY II.
    - 4 days ago 16 Aug 19, 1:24pm -
  • Suit up with a robot to walk and run more easily
    A collaborative team reports that they now have developed the first portable exosuit that can assist the extension of the hip joint during both walking and running. The team successfully tested their wearable robot in uneven outdoor environments whil…
    - 5 days ago 15 Aug 19, 6:08pm -
  • Moon glows brighter than sun in images from NASA's Fermi
    If our eyes could see gamma rays, the Moon would appear brighter than the Sun! That's how NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has seen our neighbor in space for the past decade.
    - 5 days ago 15 Aug 19, 4:06pm -
  • Composition of fossil insect eyes surprises researchers
    Eumelanin -- a natural pigment found for instance in human eyes -- has, for the first time, been identified in the fossilized compound eyes of 54-million-year-old crane-flies. It was previously assumed that melanic screening pigments did not exist in…
    - 5 days ago 15 Aug 19, 2:15pm -

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