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Chickens Dressed as Famous Historical Figures

Chickens, which outnumber humans, have become what two Smithsonian magazine writers call “the ubiquitous food of our era.” As part of its exploration of the history of chicken as a source of food for humans, the magazine asked photographer Timothy Archibald to dress raw chickens as personages from human history. He selected, among others, [...]

Why Are Moths Drawn to Flames?

Around the world, moths make kamikaze dives into light bulbs and open flames with such regularity that they have their own idiom. What is it about lights that make moths so crazy? For a long time, scientists blamed the moon. Moths used the moon as a navigational beacon, it was argued, keeping it at a constant [...]

Why Does the Leaning Tower of Pisa Lean?

In 1172, Donna Berta di Bernardo donated sixty silver coins to the local cathedral for the purchase of stones to be used in the base of a new bell tower. The next year, construction on the tower began and almost immediately there were problems. The tower site sat on soft ground composed mostly of clay, fine sand, [...]

Make It Tso

Yes, it’s an old joke but this illustration by Nathan Batson of Comical Concept has three of my favorite things: Star Trek, facepalm, and General Tso’s chicken. Link – via AQFL