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There’s a Little Bit of Belgium in Every U.S. Dollar Bill

by Albena Shkodrova/Latitude News Antoine Vervaeke with pallets of flax. Image credit: Albena Shkodrova Dollars probably matter more to Antoine Vervaeke than any other person in Europe. Vervaeke’s company provides the linen fibers — flax — that go into the U.S. dollar bill. It’s a deal that’s been in place since 1962, when Vervaeke’s father signed a [...]

World War I Centennial: Protests and Pistols in Hungary’s Parliament

The First World War was an unprecedented catastrophe that killed millions and set the continent of Europe on the path to further calamity two decades later. But it didn’t come out of nowhere. With the centennial of the outbreak of hostilities coming up in 2014, Erik Sass will be looking back at the lead-up to [...]

Heavy Bombardment of the Moon

Link Scroll down for today’s pictures & links. Heavy Bombardment of the Moon This NASA video is called the “Evolution of the Moon”, but we think that “heavy, brutal, merciless bombardment” will be better way to describe the epic cataclysmic events that shaped our Moon in the distant past. Link Today’s pictures & links: The Edge of the World Beachy Head cliff, [...]

Belgian Fries

If you ever get tired of French fries, you might want to try some Belgian fries (frites) -but be warned they aren’t quite “fast food.” In Belgium, fries are taken very seriously. They are the centerpiece of frites shops, or fritkots. And only recently have they begun to take off internationally. How are Belgian fries [...]

Stunning Time Lapse of Earth Seen from Space Station

Do you have five minutes to see what Earth really looks like? You need to watch the time lapse video below. It shows spectacular low-Earth-orbit views of our planet — the northern (and southern) lights are patches of swirling electric-green fog, our cities look like patches of fire, and thunderstorms flicker and twinkle [...]

The Nazi Sex Doll Initiative

It appears the Third Reich pioneered one of the weirder sides of human sexuality—catering to the need of lonely men to have intercourse with inflatable playthings. According to Mussolini’s Barber, a new book by Graeme Donald documenting bizarre episodes from military history, the Nazi sex doll project was launched in response to concerns that German soldiers [...]

1800’s Vampire Hunting Kit

Supposedly these vampire hunting kits were sold to travelers to protect them from our fanged, blood sucking friends. See the full gallery at the link.  Travelers in the 19th century would purchase ‘vampire hunting kits’ in preparation for their travels to Eastern Europe. The kits would contain a wooden stake, Bible, crucifix, pistol with lead bullets, [...]

Banned in Iran: the Mullet

Lots of things are banned in Iran (though some are unofficially tolerated — including all manner of books, tattoos, skinny jeans, Gmail, YouTube, Barbie dolls, Harry Potter, jorts — they’re even considering a law banning dog ownership, claiming that as “a blind imitation of Western culture,” it “poses a problem.” Pff. Whatev, dogg. The one ban [...]

Automotive Madness (Funny Pics)

“QUANTUM SHOT” #690Link – article by Avi Abrams Extraordinary (Idiotic) Drivers and Their Magnificent Machines Most of these cars and their lucky owners are from Russia and Eastern Europe… Not that in “Soviet (or post-Soviet) Russia the car gets to own YOU”, but perhaps because the people are more desperate to use whatever they got to keep [...]

7 Alternative Uses for Beer

“Beer: the cause of – and solution to – all of life’s problems.” - Homer J. Simpson When Homer uttered those fateful words, he was referring to drinking his favorite alcoholic beverage. However, as you’ll see with these alternative uses for beer, the same could be true even if you don’t belly up to the bar. 1. [...]