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Oompa-Loompas Sought in Assault Case

Police in Norwich, Norfolk, England, are looking for two Oompa-Loompas in connection with an assault on a 28-year-old man, who was left with cuts, bruises, and two black eyes. The man was assaulted as he was leaving a kebab shop. “Police are seeking a group of four people, two of whom were dressed as Oompa-Loompas, who [...]

Kid Discovers $65,000 Whale Poop

Ambergris used to be used in all sorts of things: perfume, magic potions, cigarettes. It’s even rumored to be an aphrodisiac, albeit an expensive one. That’s because ambergris is only produced in the intestinal tracts of whales, and getting your hands on it can be difficult. But one lucky(?) kid stumbled across a small fortune’s [...]

The Late Movies: Baby Goats

A little goat named Buttermilk Sky took the internet by storm this week, but she’s only one of many adorable kids you can enjoy watching …without having to clean up after! Bouncing Baby Buttermilk Sky Only one of these baby goats has had her morning coffee already. Can you guess which one? I thought you could. These [...]

A Brief and Incomplete History of Launching Animals Into Space

Pretty much ever since humans discovered flight, we’ve been strapping animals into our new devices just to see what would happen. Over the last 330 years or so, we’ve launched dogs, cats, chimps, monkeys, roosters, ducks, spiders, fruit flies, silk worms, ants, bees, moss, turtles, rabbits, jellyfish, amoebae, fish, hamsters, guinea pigs, goldfish, and one Enlightment-era [...]

Duck Run

(YouTube link) He went for a walk with his duckling Charlie. Charlie’s legs aren’t as long, so he had to run as fast as he could to keep up! Result: Charlie is the cutest thing you’ve seen in a while. -via reddit

11 Celebrities Posing with mental_floss

Dateline: Novi, Michigan – Motor City Comic Con 2012. Your intrepid reporter and her ever-patient husband/photographer brave the hordes of Darth Vaders, Dudley Do-Rights, and Daryl Dixons to bring you 11 celebrities posing with mental_floss: 1. Sean Patrick Flanery With a name like Sean Patrick Flanery, one would presume that that Irish brogue used by The Boondock Saints’ [...]

Masterpieces: Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights

© Peter Iovino/altafilms/handout/dpa/Corbis In The Artist, George Valentin is a silent movie star who stubbornly refuses to change with the times and embrace talking pictures. It’s a story that echoes the real-life dilemma faced by Charlie Chaplin in the late 1920s. Against all commercial odds, Chaplin gambled everything on City Lights, a silent film that bucked [...]

Timeline of The Best Super Bowl Ads

Do you watch the Super Bowl for the sports or the commercials? Back in the 1960s, a 30-second ad spot cost about $42,000. Now, it’s $3.5 million, a whopping 8,300% increase. And something that costs that much money ought [...]

Lady Gaga’s Workshop

Photo: Alice Yoo/My Modern Met Move over, Santa. Lady Gaga has opened her own workshop at Barneys New York, filled with Gaga-esque stuff you can buy or simply marvel slackjawed at the collection: One entire [...]

Great Food Ideas For A Fantasy and Sci-Fi Themed Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is great, but let’s face it –sometimes it’s just not relatable enough for those of us obsessed with fantasy and sci-fi tales. If pilgrims and natives aren’t your thing, then turkey, cranberry and pumpkin might not cut it either. For those of you who are thankful for good contributions to geek culture, here are [...]