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Are robots becoming more like us ?

How long will it be before robots and computers become capable of thinking like a human being ? On June 23rd a computer came very close to passing the…

World War I Centennial: Mounting Machine Guns on Airplanes

The First World War was an unprecedented catastrophe that killed millions and set the continent of Europe on the path to further calamity two decades later. But it didn’t come out of nowhere. With the centennial of the outbreak of hostilities coming up in 2014, Erik Sass will be looking back at the lead-up to [...]

Name the 13 Best-Selling Candies in the U.S.

Did you know that June is National candy Month? In honor of the occasion, today’s Lunchtime Quiz at mental_floss challenges you to name the 13 biggest-selling candies in the Unites States. Gum and mints are excluded from this list, which may make it easier or harder, who knows. You have three minutes. Me? I got [...]

Ironclad Alibi

Justin Lee of Auckland, New Zealand, received a speeding ticket in the mail in 2004. He noticed a typo in the facts that stated the offense took place in 1974. Since that was a long time ago, he asked his mother for his alibi details. Then Justin wrote back to let the police know exactly [...]

Who’s Been Leaving 35 lb. Bags of Vomit?

Okay now. ‘Fess up. Which one of you did this? An employee of Bed, Bath & Beyond in St. Davids Square shopping center reported to Radnor Township Police on June 5 a package containing human vomit was left in the parking lot there. He estimated that about 35 pounds of vomit was in the package discovered June [...]

The Number of the Day: 106

As of June, the Alcor Life Extension Foundation of Scottsdale, Arizona, had 106 patients in various states of cryopreservation (frozen in liquid nitrogen). The most famous of these is baseball Hall of Famer Ted Williams. Related Fact: The field of Cryonics was pioneered in 1964 with the publishing of The Prospect of Immortality by Robert Ettinger [...]

5 Questions: “Lash” Blast

Don’t lash out! Welcome this final day of June with today’s multiple-choice 5 Questions quiz: “Lash” Blast

Discworld Amigurumi

June Gilbank made a crocheted presentation of Discworld in the amigurumi style. When Sir Terry Pratchett saw this work, he commented “Well, if you’re going to crochet Discworld then that’s the way to do it!” Link via Geek Crafts

Top 10 highest-paid authors

world’s top ten ranking highest-paid authors based on their earnings from books, film rights, television, gaming deals and other income from June 1, 2009, through June 1, 2010.James Patterson tops the list with 70 million U.S. dollars, while the “Twilight Saga” author Stephenie Meyer follows at the second place with 40 million dollars in earning.10. [...]

Pregnant woman conceives again

A pregnant woman who went for a routine ultrasound in June discovered that she was also pregnant with a second baby that had been conceived after …