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New Year, New Oddball Laws

New year, new laws. When the ball dropped on midnight, January 1st, we not only rang in the new year, but also a slew of oddball laws from around the country. Good Morning America has [...]

How the Post Office Deciphers Bad Handwriting

Neither snow nor rain nor bad handwriting will stop the post office from delivering mail. But how exactly does the postal service deal with bad handwriting? With humans. Lots of them. Barry Newman of the Wall Street Journal tell us what happened to [...]

The World Just Got a Little Less Bright

From now on, when Paul Simon sings his song “Kodachrome” in concert, he’ll need to give some of the audience a primer on just what that is. That’s because the once-great Kodak film stock that gives us “those nice bright colors” is no more – another casualty of the digital media boom. The film, which [...]

Cities as Math Equations

Every city is different – New York and Los Angeles are night and day in terms of layout, population dynamics and economy – but are they similar enough that they can be described mathematically? Is there a set of physical equations to which all cities – from small towns to sprawling megalopolises – conform? That’s what [...]