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Lighting a Menorah Rube Goldberg-Style

(Video Link) Technion is what blogger David Bernstein calls “Israel’s MIT.” You might light a menorah with a match. But engineers are…different. Eyal Cohen, Tomer Wassermann, Matan Orian and Dvir Dukhan of Technion created this delightfully absurd method. -via Volokh Conspiracy

Skeletons found in ancient Israeli well

A well dating back 8,500 years was unearthed by workers who were digging up a road in Israel. The well is believed to have provided water to the local…

10 Public Figures Who Choose Not to Vote

We’re not telling you not to vote. We’re just saying that these 10 people won’t be (or didn’t). 1. Nate Silver When “Poblano” began publishing his 2008 presidential election predictions and analyses on Daily Kos in 2007, people paid attention. Then “Poblano” moved to his own blog,, where he later revealed he was really Nate Silver, [...]

Church Guards the Ark of the Covenant

A small church in Aksum, Ethiopia, claims to have the Ark of the Covenant. It is written in Ethiopia’s ancient book of kings that the son of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba (Menelik, conceived during a royal one night stand) brought the Ark from Israel. It is now kept at The Chapel of [...]

9,500-Year-Old Lucky Charm

Image: Yael Yolovitch / Israel Antiquities Authority Archaeologists in Israel discovered this 9,500-year-old cultic figurine of a ram with spiral horns, carved out of limestone: The animal figurines were found near the remains of an ancient round [...]

31 Bizarre Foreign Titles for American Movies

Film is perhaps America’s greatest cultural export. That said, not every American film title translates well into other languages. To bridge the gap, foreign marketers take some very intriguing creative liberties. Many of the best mangled film titles come from China, where they are downright magical at jazzing up boring old English titles. 1. Pretty Woman [...]

Miss Holocaust Survivor

It’s half beauty contest, half celebration of life and a full blown controversy. Fourteen Holocaust survivors vied for the title of Israel’s first "Miss Holocaust Survivor": The youngest contestant was aged 74 and the oldest 97. Billed by [...]

Swirling Spiral of Light Over the Middle East

[YouTube Clip] Last week, a swirling spiral of light was seen in the skies over Israel, Syria and other Middle East countries. Was it UFO? Naw, turned out it was just the Russians: The Voice of Russia reported that the country’s Strategic Missile [...]

Babe Magnet School

Some men are born babe magnets, others have to go to school to become one. Oddity Central has the story of one unusual school in Israel that teaches men how to woo the ladies [...]

The Hyrax Sings In A Regional Dialect

The adorable little critters known as hyrax may look like they don’t have a lot going on in their tiny little heads, but it turns out they are master communicators who use a complex language complete with regional dialects. Here’s how their masterful use of language was discovered: By recording hundreds of the animals’ songs and applying [...]