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72 Scenes from the Portland Retro Gaming Expo, 2012

On September 30, I spent a geektastic day at the Portland Retro Gaming Expo. I arrived early and got a look at many booths before they opened (later, they would be swarmed by thousands of attendees). For much of the day I was one of several referees for the Classic Tetris World Championship. [...]

US Postal Service Offers Drivers Tips on How to Not Crash into Post Offices

So far this year, eight drivers have crashed their cars into post offices in central Florida. The employees of the US Postal Service would like to reduce this problem. They have therefore released suggestions on how to not crash into a post office. Among them are: • Avoid distracted driving. • Proceed slowly and carefully when pulling [...]

Starting Tonight: Penn & Teller Tell a Lie

Tune in live tonight (Wednesday, October 5) at 10pm ET/PT for Penn & Teller’s new series: Penn & Teller Tell a Lie on Discovery. In this slightly shaky video from Comic Con, you can see Teller talk (!) about the upcoming series: There’s a longer preview video after the jump. It’s Like MythBusters, But With [...]

Diabetic Dog Finds Home with Diabetic Twins

Roxy is a Staffordshire bull terrier who suffers from diabetes and requires daily insulin shots. The Scottish SPCA wondered if she would ever be adopted into a permanent home. But Catherine and Graham Hendry didn’t consider the shots a burden because their 8-year-old twin daughters, Louise and Katie, also have type 1 diabetes and must [...]

The Late Movies: Riding the Mechanical Bull

Here’s a confession: I once rode a mechanical bull at a state fair while I was in college. I don’t recall why exactly I did this—I am truly not the type to hop on a bucking animal-themed machine in front of a group of strangers—but I distinctly remember how hard it was to hang on. [...]

What Really Happens if You Wear Red in Front of a Bull

Mythbusters dispelled the rumor when they tested flags of various colors by attaching them to matador dummies in a faux bullfighting arena, then letting a bull loose to rampage. The discovery? The bull was only mildly interested in any of them and wasn’t even that terribly aggressive if the flags weren’t waved. After this test [...]

Where Are They Now? 6 Artists Who Got Lots of Airplay in 1996

1996 was a heady time for popular music. We were learning the “Macarena,” trying to shake the bizarrely infectious “I Love You Always Forever” from our brains, and cringing at Alanis Morissette’s misuse of the word “Ironic.” Okay, maybe it was less “heady” and more “crappy.” 1996 was also the year I graduated from high school, [...]

Cranberry Wakeboarding

(YouTube link) OK, hear me out. So Red Bull sends this guy to Wisconsin, to go wakeboarding through a cranberry bog – and it’s an awesome spectacle. Accompanied, I might add, by a stirring soundtrack. Josh Tranby and the crew travel to Tomah, Wisconsin for a visually stunning wakeboarding session in a cranberry bog. Red Bull Winch [...]

Goose and Bull Love Each Other

A goose and a bull near Grisborne, New Zealand, have been attached to each other for ten years: The friendship between a Highland cattle beast and a goose was forged in January 2001 in the paddocks of Knapdale Eco Lodge off Back Ormond Road, after the two bonded following the death of one of their mates. The [...]

Charging Bull with Sweater

Street artist Agata Olek covered the Charging Bull sculpture in Manhattan with a pink and purple crocheted skin! But why? “I wanted to make it for all those people who couldn’t make it to their families and for those people who don’t have coats and don’t have any money.” Olek is originally from Poland, but when she [...]