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Neil Armstrong’s Giant Leap

Neil Armstrong — astronaut, engineer, professor, Navy aviator, and first man on the Moon — has died at the age of 82. He is best known for the words he spoke just before he set foot on the lunar surface. Contrary to popular belief, Armstrong said (emphasis added): “That’s one small step [...]

The Ancient Olympics: a “total pagan entertainment package”

National Geographic talked with Tony Perrotet, author of The Naked Olympics: The True Story of the Ancient Games about how the ancient Olympics compares with the modern version. The Olympic Games were held every four years from 776 B.C. to A.D. 394, making them the longest-running recurring event in antiquity. What was the secret of the [...]

Medieval Manuscript Gives Clue about Mysterious Radiation Spike

Tree ring data indicates that sometime around 774 or 775 A.D., an intense burst of radiation hit the Earth. What was its source? Scientists were uncertain, but it was probably a supernova. Unfortunately, there were no records of such event. But Jonathon Allen, a biochemistry student at University of California, Santa Cruz, realized that researchers [...]

Epic Launch Video

Link Scroll down for today’s pictures & links. Epic Launch Video Feel the raw power of “riding a controlled explosion into space” – watch this Space Shuttle Discovery launch in high-res and with loud audio. And if you want more, then watch this too. Link Now for those who want to savor all the details of launch from all possible [...]

Woman Fined for Having Car Parked in the Same Spot since 208 AD

A woman in Sicily faced a massive fine for illegal parking when a police officer accidentally noted the year 208 instead of 2008: Police in Sicily issued a whopping 32,000 euros ($44,500) fine for an illegally parked car after totting up 2,000 years of interest by mistake, Italy’s Repubblica newspaper said Wednesday. The interest due was calculated [...]

Old Shoes Found

Construction workers digging a foundation for a supermarket in Camelon, Scotland, ran into what is now an archaeological site. Around 60 pairs of discarded footwear that once belonged to Roman soldiers was found. The 2,000-year-old leather footwear was discovered along with Roman jewelry, coins, pottery, and animal bones at the site, which is located at the [...]

14 Great Examples of Geeky Fine Art

<p>Fine art is alive and well, and artists often incorporate the fun aspects of pop culture—particularly the geek side of the spectrum. </p> <h3>1. Headless Chicken</h3> <p><img class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-94093″ title=”headlesschicken” src=”http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/headlesschicken-565×460.jpg” alt=”" width=”565″ height=”460″/></p> <p>Internet Week New York asked artists and students if they could <a rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank” href=”http://www.canyoudrawtheinternet.com/”>draw the internet</a>. The results were quite eclectic, but [...]

Discomfort Food: The Strange and Twisted History of Ramen Noodles

What comes to mind when you think of Ramen noodles? Dormitories, students, slurping sounds … and cannibalism? Welcome to the dark history of the world’s favorite comfort food. It all begins with two arch-enemy nations, Japan and China. Though their mutual hatred stretches back over the years, when these countries first made contact around 400 A.D., they [...]

A Tribute to the Edible Dormouse

A British method for cooking dormouse, as pictured in an 1865 book. Drawing by John Tenniel. by Alice Shirrell Kaswell The edible dormouse (Myoxus glis) is the star of Giuseppe Carpaneto and Mauro Cristaldi’s 1994 study “Dormice and Man: A Review of Past and Present Relations.” The two Rome-based scholars—Carpaneto at Terza University, Cristaldi at the University [...]

The Rich History of Chocolate

This article is taken from the book Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Plunges Into History. Among the ancients, it was revered as “the elixir of the gods.” Today, it is the one sweet temptation that most of us find impossible to resist. Yet, for most of its 3,500-year history, it was not eaten but rather consumed as a [...]