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The Missing Links: The First Rule of the Anti-Flirt Club Is…

TED + The Onion = Onion Talks This skewering of TED’s TED Talks is hilarious and perfectly executed. * The Five-Second Rule: Debunked But not before countless generations have taken a chance on a recently dropped piece of candy. * Splendid Silhouettes I know three things about Olly Moss: 1. He is an artist 2. He has the coolest [...]

6 Intelligence Agency Websites Geared Toward Children

The United States spends $80 billion annually on its intelligence community. That’s equal to the combined amount spent on the entire Marine Corps, NASA, and the State Department each year, with enough change left over to buy the Legislative Branch. To keep that kind of cash flowing, success isn’t enough—it’s going to take some good [...]

Why Chip Bags are Hard to Open

John Spevacek is a chemical engineer with a confession to make. You may have noticed that snack bags are more difficult to open than they were years ago. Spevacek comes clean and takes the blame. Here’s how the project came about. I was in the Packaging Films Group, making multilayer polypropylene films for food packaging. The [...]

Nine Famous People Who Started as Disney Park Characters

A couple of years ago, I did a post on celebrities who got their first tastes of the entertainment biz by working at one of the Disney Parks, whether they did tricks at the Magic Shop (Steve Martin) or cracked wise as a Jungle Cruise skipper (John Lasseter). But which celebs might you actually spot [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Obscure Disney Characters

No doubt you’re familiar with Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and their posse of pen-and-ink pals. They all have incredibly complicated (and sometimes contradicting) backstories involving rarely-seen relations who pop up when it’s convenient to a comic strip plot. Here are 10 little-known Disney characters you’re probably never going to find signing autographs at [...]

Donald Duck on the Futility of Nuclear War

In 1952, Disney released the 7-minute cartoon “Applecore” featuring Donald Duck and Chip ‘n Dale, the mischievous fast-talking chipmunks. In this short, Donald plays an apple farmer whose crops are being eaten by Chip ‘n Dale, so Donald retaliates, only to be foiled at every turn. This short is cute, but there is a hugely powerful [...]

A Computer Chip the Size of a Molecule

The governments of Singapore and the European Union are trying to develop a computer chip the size of a single molecule. From Singapore’s press release on the subject: A*STAR’s IMRE and 10 EU research organisations are working together to build what is essentially a single molecule processor chip. As a comparison, a thousand of such molecular [...]

The Late Movies: How It’s Made

If you’ve never seen the show How It’s Made, you’re missing a fascinating look into how some of the most ordinary products around you are constructed. Tonight for the Late Movies, here are a few examples of incredibly complex processes used to make items we probably take for granted. Before landing on your plate or in [...]

Go Pee on Your Cell Phone

Why? Do you really need a reason? Well, in this case, it may a useful activity. There’s a new chip available that can be used by mobile devices to diagnose sexually transmitted diseases: People who suspect they have been infected will be able to put urine or saliva on to a computer chip about the size [...]

The Quick 10: 10 People Who Have Opened the NYSE

Thanks to Mr. Rob Lammle, I came across a rather entertaining video of Darth Vader and a gaggle of Stormtroopers ringing the Opening Bell on Wall Street this morning. It made me wonder what other random people or characters they have put in charge of opening up trading for the day – it’s not just [...]