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11 Amazing Letters from Nobel Laureates

1. “Nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses.” Albert Einstein is arguably the most famous scientist of all time, and father of the world’s most famous equation. For his work in theoreticel physics (“especially for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect,” according to the committee), Einstein received the 1921 Nobel [...]

10 Strange and Wonderful Boat Races

The races are strange, but the title refers to the boats. With a little ingenuity, you can build a boat, loosely defined as a “flotation device,” out of anything! 1. Beer Can Regatta The Beer Can Regatta is an annual event at Mindil Beach organized by the Lions Club of Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia. The participating boats [...]

23 Bizarre Things Ceremonially Dropped on New Year’s Eve

Don’t live anywhere near New York City, but still desperate to see something – anything – drop during a countdown to 2012 on New Year’s Eve? We can help. (Well, we can help some of you. You might have to go on a road trip.) Check out these places that have put their own twists on [...]

Underwater Art Gallery

Above is a scene that scuba divers stared at while drifting underwater. No, it is not the effort of a brave model holding her breath. It’s a photograph mounted on the shipwrecked Vandenberg, part of an underwater art gallery set up by Andreas Franke. The Vanderberg was first commissioned in 1944 by the U.S. Navy [...]

World Record Swim Attempt

(video source) Reknowned distance swimmer Diana Nyad {wiki} is almost 62 years old. But she is swimming today, off the coast of Cuba, heading to Key West. She entered the water just before Sunset last night. This time, instead of a shark cage, she will be surrounded by an electronic shark deterrent. The swim, if successful, [...]

How the Rainbow Became Associated with Gay Rights

The first time Roy G. Biv flew in the name of LGBT rights was on June 25, 1978, in the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade. Reportedly inspired by Judy Garland’s “Over the Rainbow,” artist Gilbert Baker hand-dyed and thirty a banner with eight stripes, each with symbolic meaning: Hot Pink: Sexuality Red: Life Orange: Healing Yellow: Sunlight Green: Nature Turquoise: [...]

Dietribes: Whose Lime Is it Anyway?

• The lime you merely call “lime” at the grocery store is more than likely the more exotic sounding Tahiti Lime (a.k.a. Persian Lime), now grown mostly in Florida and sold as a regular ole lime in the U.S. The Tahiti Lime is larger, has thicker skin, a longer shelf life and is less aromatic and [...]

Absolutely Hilarious Signs, Part 14

“QUANTUM SHOT” #699Link – by Avi Abrams When asking for directions, be prepared to fall off the edge of the Universe These are confusing, weird, bizarre signs and instructions, that are likely to deliver you to Vogons, who will gladly recite to you a poem, or two… Well, regardless, this is all the more material for our [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Dolls That Will Keep You Awake Tonight

I love a good scare, but like most people, I have a line that just shouldn’t be crossed. And that line involves blinky eyes, cracked porcelain skin, and oddly-jointed bodies. Yup: dolls scare the crap out of me. I’m in good company though – it seems like plenty of people out there are terrified of [...]

16 Attractions Open Christmas Day

Christmas is often a day spent with family, but it’s easy to get a bit antsy if you’re forced to spend the entire day at home. Unfortunately, there’s not much to do on Christmas when the majority of businesses are closed. If you’re sick of going out for Chinese food or heading to the movies, [...]