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The Story of Send

The beauty of email is that seconds after you hit "Send," it magically appears on the recipient’s inbox. But what happens in between? Google has created The Story of Send, which illustrates the journey made by the bits of Gmail data as [...]

Email From Beyond the Grave

Jack Froese died in June 2011. Then, a few months later, his best friend Tim Hart got an email from beyond the grave: "One night in November, I was sitting on my couch, going through [...]

Determining Migratory Patterns of Early Humans — With Earwax!

Dan Lewis runs the popular daily newsletter Now I Know (“Learn Something New Every Day, By Email”). To subscribe to his daily email, click here. Earwax is mostly gross, but it serves a few purposes: protecting our ear canals from bacteria and dryness, assisting in cleaning and lubrication, and — surprisingly — helping anthropologists determine the [...]

Getting High Off Someone Else’s Blood

Dan Lewis runs the popular daily newsletter Now I Know (“Learn Something New Every Day, By Email”). To subscribe to his daily email, click here. “Flashblood.” The word itself conjures the idea of something not-so-good, and the description confirms it. Flashblooding is the practice of injecting oneself with the blood of another person — a person who [...]

The Strangest Soccer Match Ever Played

Dan Lewis runs the popular daily newsletter Now I Know (“Learn Something New Every Day, By Email”). To subscribe to his daily email, click here. In 1994, twenty-one Caribbean nations gathered on the soccer pitch to play for the Shell Caribbean Cup. Trinidad and Tobago would emerge victorious, beating—among many—Barbados along the way. But the two [...]

Obama Campaign Email Subject or Message From My Aunt?

If you are on Barack Obama’s email list, you may have noticed the weirdly personal subject lines. Jason English has, and made a quiz about it. Some of the lines are actual presidential email subjects, and some are from Jason’s aunt. Now, Jason’s aunt doesn’t send me anything, but just like you, I have relatives [...]

The Truth About McHotDogs

Dan Lewis runs the popular daily newsletter Now I Know (“Learn Something New Every Day, By Email”). To subscribe to his daily email, click here. Fast food has its staples: hamburgers and cheeseburgers, french fries, soda, probably a chicken option such as nuggets or a grilled sandwich. More “exotic” items include onion rings, milkshakes, hash browns, [...]

Should I Change My Password

With the Lulzsec recent post of email addresses and passwords, along with all the regular hacking that occurs on a regular basis, it can be really hard to know if your email password has been compromised. Fortunately, Should I Change My Password can help automatically scan a variety of these info leaks to check if [...]

The Internet in 1969

This future predicting video from 1969 describes in detail with some startling accuracy. Although very retro in appearance the video clearly shows online shopping, banking and email years before any of these applications were available to the public. “Fingertip shopping will be one of the homemakers convienences.” See the full video at the link. Link

The 23rd Headquarters Special Troops: The Phantom Menace

Dan Lewis runs the popular daily newsletter Now I Know (“Learn Something New Every Day, By Email”). To subscribe to his daily email, click here. During World War II, Americans of many different backgrounds and professions were drafted into the armed forces. One unit in particular, the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops of the U.S. Army, had [...]