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Billionaire Buccaneer Seized Argentinian Navy’s Flagship Over Unpaid Debt

What do you do when a sovereign nation refuses to pay its debt to you? Most people wouldn’t, couldn’t do anything … but not billionaire Paul Singer. He decided to play pirate: A billionaire buccaneer from Wall Street declared war on Argentina [...]

8 Underdog Nations and Their Memorable Olympic Performances

This week, the tiny Caribbean nation of Grenada won its first Olympic medal when 19-year-old Kirani James took the gold in the 400-meter dash. With a population of 104,000, Grenada is the 17th-smallest country in the world, and now the smallest nation to win a gold medal. Here’s a look back at eight other great Olympic [...]

11 Things That Happened on Other Cool Dates

11/22/11 is the 791st anniversary of Frederick II being crowned Holy Roman Emperor, the 293rd anniversary of Blackbeard’s beheading, the 254th anniversary of the Austrian defeat of Prussia in the Seven Years’ War’s Battle of Breslau, the 48th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination, and what would have been novelist George Eliot’s 192nd birthday. [...]

Giant Circuit Board Head

Sistema Alternator is a huge sculpture made out of an aluminum frame and welded circuit boards. The whole piece uses various recycled computer parts, such as keyboards for lips. There’s a chair inside for a video presentation. The sculpture was made by Colectivo GIB, an Argentine art collective consisting of Cristina Galera, Pablo Irrgang, and [...]

Guitar Lessons

Argentine illustrator Maxim Dalton created this poster with 35 well-known guitarists. How many do you recognize? Larger images are at his website, as well the names, and your opportunity to reserve a limited edition print. Link -via Popped Culture

How an Island Full of Landmines Led to a Thriving Penguin Population

by Hank Green War—what is it good for? Well, if the Falkland Islands are any indication, it certainly helps penguins. © Will Gray/JAI/Corbis For several hundred years, human activity on the Falkland Islands—roughly 300 miles off the Argentine coast—threatened its penguins’ survival. But that trend started to reverse in 1982, when Argentina and Britain began duking it out [...]

Dietribes: Gnocchi For You

• ”Gnocchi,” a kind of traditional potato dumpling, means “lumps” in Italian (how … appetizing). It can be difficult to pronounce (just ask Katie Couric), but is more or less “gno-key.” • Everyone loves potato dumplings, including Washington’s elite and Russell Crowe (who liked the gnocchi at the DC restaurant Spezie so much he ordered it [...]

A Writer Grows in Brooklyn – part 2

Yesterday, you were shocked to learn how many amazing writers once called Brooklyn ‘home.’ (You were shocked, weren’t you?) Today, we’ll take a closer look at some of those writers and learn some odd facts about them. For instance, most people say Truman Capote formally established the non-fiction novel in 1965 with In Cold Blood. Cold [...]

The Light Artwork of Jorge Orta

Photo: Jorge Orta, Studio Orta Jorge Orta is a Paris-based Argentine artist noted for his work with PAE light cannons, which he uses to project images onto mountains or large buildings. The image above was projected onto the Evry Cathedral in France in 1996 and is called “Cardinal Cross.” Other images at the link include projections [...]

How to Learn Fast: An Interview with Rapid Learner Tim Ferriss

Tim Ferriss is a New York Times best-selling author, widely known for his book The Four-Hour Work Week. Not only has he cracked the secrets of productivity, he’s figured out how to learn things super quickly! Mental Floss’ own Chetan Nandakumar managed to snag a few minutes with him. We’re interested in this notion of rapid [...]