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The Late Movies: Olympic Humor

By now, you’ve seen the opening ceremonies of the 2012 London Olympics. In between events this weekend, you can decompress with some funny views of the games, old and new. Silly Olimpiad Monty Python’s take on the whole thing. * Olympic Vermin Even London’s urban wildlife is getting into the Olympic spirit! * Kurt Angle’s Comeback Olympic gold medalist Kurt Angle vows to [...]

11 Eye-Opening NASA Wakeup Calls

NASA has been waking up astronauts using music since the Apollo Program. Sometimes those wakeup calls get pretty weird. 1. STS-111 – “I Got You Babe” from Groundhog Day On June 19, 2002, the crew of the Space Shuttle Endeavour awoke to a tinny rendition of “I Got You Babe” by Sonny and Cher, taken [...]

The Late Movies: Fireworks Around the World

The celebrate Independence Day in the US, I’ve collected fireworks displays from around the world. Can’t find a good fireworks show in your neighborhood? Just make these fullscreen and crank up the speakers. New Year’s Day 2012 – London BBC One’s coverage of the fireworks display in London for New Year’s 2012, complete with an [...]

Flying Over Earth

This is a time-lapse video showing what it’d be like to fly over Earth, starting at the Pacific Ocean in the Northern Hemisphere and moving towards Antarctica. Add some epic John Williams! Yes, I did just spend a minute or two living vicariously as Super(wo)man. Video link -via Discover

The Extraordinary World of Ex Libris Art

“QUANTUM SHOT” #48Link – article by Simon Rose and Avi Abrams Sometimes ex libris is more valuable than the book containing it 

Ex libris, meaning ‘from the library of’, or ‘from the books of’ is a Latin expression attached to the art form of bookplates. These are stamps or labels that appear inside books to denote ownership, [...]

Shoeless, Yogi & Catfish? The Stories Behind 16 Athlete Nicknames

Floss editor extraordinaire Jason English recently found an interesting fact: Reggie Jackson’s famous “Mr. October” nickname was originally a derisive jab from teammate Thurman Munson when Jackson was struggling his way through the 1977 playoffs. Soon after Munson coined the mocking nickname, Jackson started hitting like his normal awesome self, and the name stuck as [...]