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Music History #11: “The Ballad of Ira Hayes”

“The Ballad of Ira Hayes” Written by Pete La Farge (1963) Performed by Johnny Cash The Music Folk singer and songwriter Peter La Farge packed a lot into his thirty-four years on Earth. The son of a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist was a Korean War vet, a rodeo cowboy, an actor, and a singer who was part of [...]

The Coming and Going of Cello Scrotum

A look at a transitory medical concept by Alice Shirrell Kaswell, Improbable Research staff The years 1974–2009 saw the inspiration, birth, and death of a medical ailment that puzzled some physicians, inspired others, and perhaps made no impact upon most. Its history played out in the pages of several medical journals. Here are [...]

The Breast Milk Diet

Making the rounds on the Net today is the adventure of a man who’s trying to survive on a diet consisting solely of his wife’s breast milk. Here’s what happened: The story so far: Curtis and [...]

Painted Trees in the Mountains of Colorado

“QUANTUM SHOT” #678Link – by Avi Abrams Psychedelic, “Grateful Dead” Trees – Revived! We’ve seen Painted Castles, Painted City Blocks and even Painted Forests. Well, here is an artist with a truly unique subject: Curtis Killorn paints trees – dead trees – in all the colours of the rainbow: (all images by Curtis Killorn, exclusively for Dark Roasted [...]

The 8 Most Successful Politicians (Who Weren’t Human)

Rabbit Hash, Kentucky, is not the only community to elect non-human politicians. Several races have been won by other dogs, different animals, and even inanimate objects! Cracked has a rundown of the most notorious of these, like the mule who was drafted to run. In 1938, the people of Milton, Washington elected Boston Curtis as their [...]

10 Neat Facts About The Flintstones (on their 50th anniversary)

On September 30th, 1960, Americans sat down to watch the premiere of a prime-time animated series called The Flintstones. Fifty years later, Fred and his gang are remembered as our favorite cavemen. The Hanna-Barbera production ran for six seasons and is still a part of our pop culture landscape. 1. Today’s Google doodle honors The Flintstones [...]

Singularity Watch: Inching Closer

Photo: GM/NASA This week’s developments in technological advances, like General Motors and NASA’s Robonaut2 (cleverly and deviously nicknamed R2), and Google’s decision to team up with the NSA got GeekDad’s Curtis Silver wondering about truth mirroring the best of science fiction- and its predictions of an eventual machine takeover that will plunge humanity into mass enslavement. While [...]

Alphabet of Computing

If you think that Apple was founded by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, think again: there was a “third founder” of Apple. In 1976, Ronald Wayne gave up his 10% stake of the fledgling company for $800 because he was worried that the company would fold and that he would be liable for debts incurred [...]