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All Thoroughbred Racehorses Share A Single Ancestor

From Secretariat to Seabiscuit, it turns out that all thoroughbred race horses were all related. They shared a single ancestor in the mid 17th century, whose "speed gene" was a genetic aberration: Emmeline Hill of [...]

100-year-old Letter to Santa Found in Chimney

John Byrne was installing a new central heating unit in his home in Dublin in 1992 when he found a letter in the fireplace. It was a little scorched, but still readable. On Christmas Eve 1911, a brother and sister, who signed their names, “A or H Howard”, penned their personally designed letter to Santa with [...]

Mythbusters Goofs Up Good

How fast can a cannonball travel? Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage were tackling this question yesterday for an episode of their TV show Mythbusters when things went completely wrong. The cannon misfired, and the cannonball went up into the air over Dublin, California. The next question they will probably tackle is whether the footage will [...]

Physicists Create the Perfect Foam

No, not from a pint of Guinness – though the perfect foam does hail from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland: ‘Perfect’ here means the lowest-energy configuration of packed bubbles of equal size. This is a compromise between the surface [...]

The Dragon at the Gates

It would be the ultimate LARPing setting, but I don’t know if it’s been used for that. Harlech House in Dublin, Ireland is a fanciful mansion that includes an underground passage, a secret garden, a ship’s prow, and artwork everywhere inspired by fairy tales. It’s topped off with this ominous warning to unwelcome visitors. Link -via [...]

We Are All Americans: The World’s Response to 9/11

© Michel Setboun/Corbis A decade ago this week, people all over the world stood shoulder-to-shoulder in mourning, solidarity, sympathy and friendship with the people of the United States. Here are few of those international reactions, both organized and spontaneous, that occurred in the days following September 11, 2001. In London, the Star Spangled Banner played during [...]

14 Literary Settings Inspired by Real Places

At the end of a good book, don’t you just sometimes close the back cover, sigh, and think, “I wish I could be there.” Good news: in some cases, you can. While you’re probably never going to make it to Narnia or Hogwarts (I know – I’m disappointed, too) here are a handful of “fictional” [...]

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Orson Welles

You know Orson Welles was one of the most revered actors and directors of the 20th century, but how much do you know about his sketchy big break or his deft efforts to make rabbits disappear? Let’s take a look at five surprising things about Welles. 1. He Knew How to Fib Welles got his first [...]

The Late Movies: Intimate Performances by Famous Musicians

Becoming an international music sensation doesn’t mean you are restricted to performing only for crowds of thousands. Check out these videos to see some intimate and impromptu performances by big-name pop and rock stars. Bruce Springsteen – On the streets of Copenhagen Half of the Red Hot Chili Peppers – On a boat in Amsterdam Bon Jovi – [...]

Pun Products

As a degree project, Fuchsia Macaree imagined a “hypothetical company which make products based on puns.” Macaree is a student at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, Ireland. You can view several other products at the link. Link -via NotCot Previously by Fuchsia Macaree: Bermuda Triangle of Productivity