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26 Beatnik Slang Words and Phrases We Should All Start Using

Plenty of phrases from the first self-described hipster generation have lasted into modern conversation: people still get bent out of shape, annoying people bug us and muscular guys are still built, just to scan the b-words. Here are 26 words and phrases that don’t get much use any more but are worth sneaking into conversation. 1. [...]

5 Questions: Mixin’ Some Dixon

Try Tuesday’s 5 Questions quiz, where we’re stirring the pot and Mixin’ Some Dixon

6 Illicit Lemonade Stands Towns Had to Shut Down

Lemonade stand image via Shutterstock For generations, entrepreneurial kids have set up card tables in front yards to sell ice cold drinks to passers-by. But sometimes the law catches up with these renegade youngsters. 1. 1983 – Belleair, Florida Like a lot of kids, six-year old Ali Thorn wanted to make some money. She didn’t have dreams [...]

Is This What Humans Will Look Like In 50 Million Years?

While I find it impossible highly unlikely that humans will still exist in 50 million years, it’s horrifying fun to see what some scientists artists think we will look like at the end of eternity. According to these illustrations by madman speculative zoologist Dougal Dixon, humans will evolve into some sort of organ shaped being, with [...]

Russian Nuclear Icebreakers: to the North Pole!

“QUANTUM SHOT” #395(rev)Link – article by Avi Abrams Odyssey in the Arctic with the Russian Icebreaker Fleet The nuclear-powered icebreakers were considered the symbol of Soviet technological power for many decades. Today this fleet is still used to aid ship navigation in the seas north of Siberia – but also for the purpose of elite tourism, which [...]

The Late Movies: Where Led Zeppelin Music Came From

The group Led Zeppelin has copyrights on quite a few songs that were recorded much earlier. Other songs they never filed for copyright, but credited to themselves instead of the composer. And still others were properly credited, but you may not know about the original. You might recognize these. When the Levee Breaks “When the Levee Breaks” [...]

The Speculative Evolution of Dougal Dixon

Early in his career as a geologist, Dougal Dixon developed an interest in fossils and paleontology. But he took that curiosity in a unique direction. Dixon has published several books on speculative evolution — imagining animals that may have evolved if conditions were different. Pictured above is an illustration from one of his books depicting [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Cool Corn Mazes

It has been a few years since I’ve made my way through a corn maze (a Maize Maze, to some), but these 10 have inspired me to seek one out this year. 1. The Milk Farm maze in Dixon, California, is the world’s biggest corn maze according to Guinness’ 2009 survey of the place, and [...]

Woody’s Winners, NFL Week 2

NFL WEEK TWO: For those who missed last week’s column, Woody’s Winners is written with highest respect in the style of the most entertaining football prognosticator of my youth, Leonard Postero, host of Leonard’s Losers. I went a respectable 8-5 through last Sunday afternoon’s games, but then fell apart to lose all three night games on [...]

Roombas Playing Pac-Man

(YouTube Link) Three computer scientists at Colorado University programmed several Roomba robotic vacuum cleaners to act like Pac-Man and the ghosts which chase him. Jack Elston, Cory Dixon, and Maciej Stachura did so in order to demonstrate the unmanned aerial system that they are developing. Click on the link for more videos, pictures, and schematics for [...]