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Archive for June, 2012

New Maya ‘end date’ monument unearthed

The 1,300-year-old text has been found carved in to stone steps at La Corona in Guatemala. The text, the longest ever found in Guatemala, depicts 200 …

Shenzhou-9 capsule returns to Earth

China’s latest space mission has been a resounding success as the crew landed after 13 days. The mission played a pivotal role in China’s ambition to …

Rock, paper, scissors robot always wins

Scientists in Tokyo have invented a robot that can never lose at a game of rock, paper, scissors. Developed at the University of Tokyo’s Ishikawa Oku …

Ride A Bike, Shorten Your Prison Sentence

Inmates at  the Santa Rita do Sapucai prison in Brazil are being offered a deal too good to pass up-put in 16 hours on a bicycle and get a day knocked off your sentence. It’s an interesting way to encourage prisoners to cooperate and literally work towards their freedom, and the stationary bikes are being used [...]

Armchair Field Trip: Iowa’s Stonehenge

Have you ever wanted to speed across a bridge that’s half a mile long and 13 stories in the air, pretending you’re in Tron? Yeah, me too. Good news: the next time you’re in Madrid, Iowa, you totally can. But before we get to Tron, we have to go back a few years. Hundreds of years [...]

Josh Atlas And His Strange Sweet Tooth

Artist Josh Atlas clearly has a thing for the sugary side of life, and he expresses his love for the sweet stuff through sculptures and drawings that look decidedly less delicious than the real thing. His strange works are like cautionary tales against eating sweets just before bed, and they’ve put me off of donuts and [...]

Ship Shape Pencil Case

  Ship Shape Pencil Case – $7.95 Are busy sailing gently through summer? Land ho! The start of school is right around the corner and you don’t want to miss out on the coolest school supplies. Get your Ship Shape Pencil Case from the NeatoShop today. No, this is not paper boat. It is just made to look [...]

Hand Knit Monster Masks

Tracy Widdess has named her strange hand knit monster mask series Brutal Knitting, and they put the ITT in knitting! They’re full of monstrous details and ghoulish charm that only a mother could love, and when worn they will deter people from standing too close to you. If you like them and want them for your very [...]

Mugshots Of Extremely Hip Troublemakers

The hipster baddies in these mugshots look so cool I wanna join their gang! These rebels without a care were arrested in the late 1960s (and one in 1970) around Minneapolis, Minnesota, and probably set the fashion bar pretty high in their holding cells. Being stylish isn’t a prerequisite for a life of crime, but it doesn’t [...]

15 Offbeat Holidays You Can Celebrate in July

Let’s hear it for the old red, white, and blue! In addition to another solid year of independence, July offers a bounty of unusual reasons to celebrate. July 1: National Creative Ice Cream Flavor Day In 1984, Ronald Reagan deemed July “National Ice Cream Month,” and the third Sunday of this month “National Ice Cream Day.” As [...]