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Why People Vomit

We don’t mean the triggers — though that could be a fun post — but the actual physical process. What is it about our physiology that occasionally makes our tummy say, “Come on up, Chuck”? Vomiting is an important function. It rids your body of potential toxins or health hazards. In fact, there’s a specific area [...]

16 Old-Timey Slang Terms to Describe Being Drunk

As I continue flipping through my copy of the Dictionary of American Slang (1967), it seems like every page has a new term for “drunk.” We’ve discussed “on a toot” (a drunken spree) and “the zings” (a hangover), but here are some new old words to try out on your boozy friends. 1. Pigeon-eyed * 2. [...]

If Star Wars Had Cell Phones

Sending a secret holographic message with an astromech droid? That’s so outdated! Brian Gordon illustrates how Star Wars would’ve looked like had they employed today’s mobile technology in this cute Chuck and Beans webcomic: Link [...]

The Missing Links: On Testicles and Valor

The Linguistic Association Between Testicles and Valor Juliet Lapidos explains the connection between ballsy and courageous. * The Olympics Require Extreme, Rigorous, State-of-the-Art Performance Testing I’m referring to all the time used getting the torch ready, of course. * Han Solo’s “I Know” Line Might Not Work As Well When Your Significant Other Professes His or Her Love But that doesn’t mean [...]

Ready for Some Real Chuck Norris Facts?

To be fair, not everyone likes Chuck Norris, whether it’s because they loathe his political beliefs, his violent action flicks, his purported plagiarism on WorldNetDaily, or because they are just sick and tired of the meme associated with him. But even if you don’t like certain things about Mr. Norris, there’s still plenty to appreciate, [...]

Edifice Complex

The following is an article from the newest volume of the Bathroom Reader series, Uncle John’s 24-Karat Bathroom Reader. Think the old woman who lived in a shoe had weird taste in housing? It turns out she was just ahead of her time. Buildings can look like all sorts of things, even… AN IGLOO (Image credit: City Profile) Crouched [...]

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 [...]

Ojai Valley Taxidermy

(YouTube link) It takes something special to make local TV ads stand out, and Ojai Valley Taxidermy has accomplished that. Chuck Testa doesn’t mince words -he specializes in making dead animals appear lifelike. Even when they’re in bed with you. If you have the stomach for taxidermy work, you can also check out Chuck’s Tuesday Tips [...]

Photography With Sparklers

You may have some leftover sparklers today. If so, don’t be so quick to chuck these underwhelming pyrotechnics mainstays in the garbage. After all, a few sparklers and a nice SLR camera are all you need to achieve some really cool Photoshop-free shots. This article on Photojojo has a step-by-step tutorial to creating a “crazy, [...]

6 Ways Charles Schulz Really Was Charlie Brown

While Charlie Brown and his creator, Charles Schulz, share a first name, the character was actually named after one of Schulz’s art school friends, not after himself. Despite this, the big-headed character shares a lot more with his creator than a name. In honor of what would be Charles Schulz’s 88th birthday, let’s celebrate the [...]