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Fishermen Catch 1,100 Pound Sturgeon on a Rod and Reel

It’s not uncommon for fishermen to catch 30 to 100 pound white sturgeon in British Columbia’s Fraser River. But this one, caught on a rod and reel, weighed about 1,100 pounds and was more than 12 feet long. It may be over a hundred years old: It could also be 35 years older than the angler, [...]

How 11 Triple Crown Winners Spent Their Retirement Years

JOHN ANGELILLO/UPI/Landov The decision to scratch and retire I’ll Have Another with swelling in his left front leg on the day before the Belmont Stakes cost him a shot to become the 12th Triple Crown winner, but owner J. Paul Reddam still stands to make millions in stud fees. While the three-year-old colt would likely [...]

Let’s Send Justin Bieber to Space!

Happy birthday, Justin Bieber! The universally beloved singer (who could possible hate him?) turns 18 today, and a SETI astronomer has a great suggestion for a birthday present: make him a Biebernaut and send [...]

Layaway Angels

Some needy people are getting a nice Christmas surprise this year: anonymous "layaway angels" have been donating money to pay off layaway accounts in stores from all around the country: Wal-Mart spokeswoman Dianna Gee says [...]

How Do New Periodic Table Elements Get Their Names?

Every so often, we’ll reprint something interesting from our sister publication, The Week. This is one of those times. concept w / Two new elements are joining old chemistry-class favorites on the periodic table. The latest inductees — number 114, flerovium (Fl), and number 116, livermorium (Lv) — were revealed by the International Union of Pure [...]

10 Time People of the Year That Weren’t Really People

As we all wait with bated breath to find out who Time’s Person of the Year will be for 2011 (we are all waiting with bated breath, right?), we thought we’d lake a look back at the times that the honoree wasn’t a person at all. The Man of the Year tradition started in 1927, allegedly [...]

Rentrepreneur: Renting Your Stuff to Make a Living

Selling your junk on eBay is SO last decade. The new way to get money for all the stuff you’ve accumulated throughout the years is to rent them. In his Newsweek article, Rob Baedeker tells us how he makes money hand [...]

Man Arrested Over Photo of Oil Refinery

Talk about a tough audience. Granted, it can be hard to take a photo that everyone is happy with, but recently a Long Beach newspaper photographer was arrested for taking pictures of “no aesthetic value.” Ouch. Long Beach, Calif., police arrested a man for taking a photograph of “no aesthetic value.” Sander Wolff, who takes photos [...]

NASA Spacecraft Data Suggest Water Flowing on Mars

<p><img class=”alignleft size-thumbnail wp-image-50769″ title=”marsrivers” src=”×112.jpg” alt=”" width=”150″ height=”112″/>NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is sending back data that may indicate that the red planet has some flowing water during part of the Martian year. The streams are small, short-lived, and must be salty -if it is what they think it is.</p> <blockquote><p>Dark, finger-like features appear and extend [...]

Bigfoot "smudge" to be DNA tested

Explorers who discovered smudge marks on their car believed to be from Bigfoot are appealing for help. The discovery of the smudge marks made in Calif…