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Why Is It Dark at Night?

Link Scroll down for today’s pictures & links. Why is it Dark at Night? Or rather, to rephrase the question, Why is Space Dark?. Very cool, often mind-boggling short video. I’m sure you know all the facts, but this is a good show nevertheless. Link Today’s pictures & links: Old Abandoned “Dome” Theater in Beirut, Lebanon Quite impressive blob-like apparition: called Saboune [...]

FedEx: Founder Gambled His Last $5,000 at a Blackjack Table to Stave Off Bankruptcy

See the hidden arrow in the FedEx logo? Fred Smith, then an undergraduate at Yale University, wrote a paper for an economics class that proposed overnight delivery service in which one carrier is responsible for a piece of cargo from pick-up through [...]

Meet The Realistic Flintstones

Have you ever wondered what Fred and Dino would look like if they weren’t Hanna Barbera cartoons, but something more realistic? Well, DeviantArt user arvalis knows and her idea seems pretty spot on. Link

‘Psychic’ ferret to predict Euro results

Ukraine organisers have revealed their answer to Paul the psychic octopus – Fred the psychic ferret. The peculiar reliance on an animal to predict mat…

14 Super Bowl Sideshows and Subplots

At Super Bowl XV in New Orleans — my first Super Bowl — wildman defensive lineman John Matuszak of the Oakland Raiders nominated himself as a most unlikely Bourbon Street chaperone. “I’m going to see that there’s no funny business,” The Tooz said. “I’ve had enough parties for 20 people’s lifetimes. I’ll keep our young fellows [...]

Kittens born with 18 extra toes between them

Ned and Fred might seem like two normal kittens, that is until you try counting how many toes they have. The kittens were handed in to the Gosport Tow…

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 [...]

The Quick 10: A Christmas Carol

It was 168 years ago this week that Tiny Tim and Ebeneezer Scrooge made their debut. In 1843, Charles Dickens’ Christmas classic was published in England. Despite the fact that it’s been around for ages, there are a few things you might not know about A Christmas Carol: 1. A Christmas Carol must hold some sort [...]

How an Empty Dessert Plate Inspired the Frisbee

Back in 1937, 17-year-old Fred Morrison and his girlfriend were keeping themselves entertained by throwing the lid to a popcorn tin back and forth. They had such a blast that they started experimenting with other options to see if they could improve upon their game. Fred raided his mom’s stash of pie tins and discovered [...]

Broadband Internet Installed by Horse

Vermont will soon have statewide broadband Internet access, in part due to the labors of a horse delivering cable to remote areas. Fred and his human Claude Desmarais have lately been working seven days a week on the project: As Desmarais murmured a signal, Fred tugged a length of cable from a mammoth truck-mounted reel. With [...]