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The Resistance of Astronomers to New Paradigms

By Eric SchulmanAlexandria, Virginia AbstractIn this paper we explore the resistance of astronomers to new paradigms. 1. IntroductionIn the classic work The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (Kuhn 1962), Thomas S. Kuhn describes scientific research as “a strenuous and devoted attempt to force nature into the conceptual boxes supplied by professional education.” He points out that in some [...]

11 Things You Might Not Know About Winnie the Pooh

Did you know today is Winnie the Pooh Day in honor of his creator, A.A. Milne’s birthday? If Mr. Milne were still alive today, he’d be turning 130 and he would no doubt be honored to see that his creation is still bringing joy to children to this day. In honor of Milne and his [...]

Lithophones – Instruments Made of Fossils, Floor Tiles, and More

Musician, artist, and “edutainer” Tom Kaufmann makes unique instruments called lithophones, which are similar to xylophones, but created from various stones. Here’s how Kaufmann describes them: Another happy coincidence led me to my current fascination with constructing lithophones. I was tossing around some scrap pieces of granite countertop that I’d gotten for one of my [...]

Paper Airplane Producers: Morning Types vs. Evening Types

The following article is reprinted from The Annals of Improbable Research. by David L. Dickinson, Dept. of Economics, Appalachian State University, and Todd McElroy, Dept. of Psychology, Appalachian State University People differ in their diurnal (time of day) preferences: some are morning-types and others are evening-types. These differences are explored in a unique experiment design in which [...]

Link Latte 155

#155 – Week of April 14, 2011 NASA Map of Global Energy Collapse, info – [Solar Flares]Proletarian Ecstasy!, and a Futuristic Ride – [1940 movie clip]Bismuth Crystal: Beautiful – [wow photo]Teardown of a LCD Monitor, not a scientific way – [cool videos]More Wonders: a Light Bulb, A Quartz Watch – [cool videos]Soviet Cosmonaut Gagarin on a [...]

The Panyee Football Club

(YouTube link) This video is like a Hollywood sports film (The Mighty Ducks, Hoosiers, A League of Their Own) condensed into five minutes. It’s a true story that took place in the village of Koh Panyee, Thailand in 1986, dramatized by the ad agency Leo Burnett & Arc Worldwide for Thai Military Bank. -via reddit

Ben Franklin’s 200+ Synonyms for “Drunk”

Yesterday we ran a quiz titled “Monty Python Phrase or Ben Franklin Synonym for Drunk?” The quiz referred to Franklin’s lengthy list of expressions meaning “inebriated” that he first published in the Pennsylvania Gazette on January 6, 1737. People must be tired of using the same old terms when describing their wasted friends, because we’ve received [...]

Hidden Scott Pilgrim Game in Fark

Interweb heavyweight Fark has a pretty neat Scott Pilgrim Easter Egg special feature that is accessible when you type in the secret Konami code on its homepage. For those of you who don’t know, it’s Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A. You get to challenge the 7 Evil Exes from the Scott [...]

10 Cocktails Named After Famous People

It’s the weekend, so why not have a drink? If you want to add a little celebrity pizazz to your tipple, try one of these 10 cocktails named after famous people. 1. The John Daly © Mitchell Gunn/Icon SMI/Corbis You’ve probably seen this golf joke before, but it still makes us chuckle. A John Daly is an [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Other Jobs Held by Horror Movie Icons

I had so much fun researching yesterday’s post that I thought I’d do a related one about what your favorite horror movie icons did before and after they gave you nightmares in their murderous roles. After all, the person you think of as a terrifying-ghost-girl-crawling-out-of-a-television may also be your daughter’s favorite Disney character… 1. Doug Bradley, [...]