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Archive for November, 2010

Why Do They Use Sterile Needles for Lethal Injections?

“Lethal injection” isn’t a marketing term or a cute nickname. The intent of the injection is to execute someone. So why bother with the alcohol swab and sterile needle? Are they really worried about the condemned getting an infection? Well, yes. We’ve all seen movies where someone is about to be executed, and then, at the last [...]

A Pizza Tour

Jen made little pizzas that resemble the flags of some of the countries she’s visited. Not only do they look like flags, they are topped with foods representative of that nation’s cuisine. She shows us how she created a few of them at Tiny Urban Kitchen. Link -via Everlasting Blort

The Late Movies: Banana Peels

Peel banana. Place peel on ground. Insert comic moment. Banana peel slips remain a source of human fascination and schadenfreude. From the classic watch-what-I-did-to-my-brother to the scientific analysis of peel quality, check out these fine videos demonstrating the art of falling on your butt because of a banana. Revenge of the Unpeeled People For all those outraged [...]

Five Ways To Geek Up Your Holiday Decorating

Geeks may be shy and incomprehensible at times, but they have a few things going for them that make holiday decorating much more interesting -and fun! Geeks Are Sexy has some suggestions for adding some pizzazz to your Christmas decorations. Sure, you can buy ornaments right outside of a box. And that’s easy enough. But if [...]

Why Gold Is the Ideal Metal for Currency

Of all of the elements on the periodic table, why did gold become the standard of economic value for so much of human history? NPR asked Sanat Kumar, a professor of chemical engineering at Colombia University. He explained that, ideally, the material used in currency should not be reactive, corrosive, radioactive, too common, or too [...]

Amazon Customers Also Bought….

You call it sad and pathetic; I call it creative problem-solving. And they’re reusable, so it’s an eco-friendly choice. Link via Geekologie | Amazon Link

In Tajikistan, The Unibrow Is Considered Fashionable for Women

In Tajikistan, the unibrow is commonly thought of as a mark of beauty. Women who don’t have it naturally may resort to herbal remedies in order to grow one: Usma, a leafy green herb, is sold in all Tajik markets. You can get a small bunch for about $0.06. The process is simple but effective, several [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Things Mark Twain Didn’t Say (and 10 he did)

The man who has provided us with some of the best quips of all time is also one of the most misquoted men of all time. I guess that’s the problem with being as clever as Mark Twain – when someone hears a great witticism and has no one to attribute it to, they just [...]

Why Did Kamikaze Pilots Wear Helmets?

This is sort of a trick question, as they technically didn’t wear “helmets,” but leather “flight caps” that covered the head and ears. These kept the pilots from getting too cold or going deaf while flying with their cockpit canopies open, which they sometimes did to get a better view when taking off, landing, or [...]

Bicycle Drawing Machine

Melbourne artist, Joseph L. Griffiths, creates pedal powered drawing machines. His interactive installations explore man’s relationship with machines and involve the audience in the creative cycle. What a great way to create art and lose weight at the same time! Link – Via Swiss Miss