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The Missing Links: Weird New Laws of the Land

Preparing For the Coming Cyber Wars This connected little town was developed just to be wrecked by hacker terrorists. * The Internet Pays Some M*%#&#f@*%#ing Respect Getty Images Check out these tributes to Samuel L. Jackson. * What Does An 80,000 Year Old Living Tree Look Like? Check out these shots of life forms that are tens or hundreds [...]

Isaac Asimov Explains His Three Laws of Robotics

(Video Link) In 1940, at the age of 20, science fiction author Isaac Asimov coined the Three Laws of Robotics. He later modified and added an additional law to accomodate logical problems. Watch him briefly explain the implications of these laws. -via Explore

The Story Behind the Famous Arrow in the FedEx Logo

In our previous On the Origin of Success post about how FedEx founder gambled his last $5,000 in Las Vegas to stave off bankruptcy, we pointed out that the FedEx logo has the famous [...]

Do You Own The Space Above Your House?

Cuius est solum, eius est usque ad coelum et ad inferos means “whoever owns the soil, it is theirs up to Heaven and down to Hell.” This property right principle asserts that a person who owns a particular piece of land owns everything directly above and below that piece of land, no matter the distance, [...]

Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics in LEGO

Science fiction writer Isaac Asimov famously devised three laws that all robots should follow: 1: A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. 2: A robot must obey the orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law. 3: [...]

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Name tag image via Shutterstock Enacted in 1982, the Naming law in Sweden was originally created to prevent non-noble families from giving their children noble names, but a few changes to the law have been made since then. The part of the law referencing first names reads: “First names shall not be approved if they can [...]

48 Movie Line Rhymes

The above video contains scenes from 48 movies. It’s one of the coolest mashups I’ve ever seen, period. From the Vimeo page: Inspired by lifelong obsessions with beats, rhymes and feature films, Jordan Laws delivers an ingenious mega-mix of classic movie lines. But this isn’t some slapped-together highlight reel. Laws produced an original beat, scoured movie [...]

The Spirited History of the American Bar

Christine Sismondo, author of the new book America Walks into a Bar, explains how the local tavern contributed mightily to what America is today. In colonial times, it was a place for people to discuss anything as equals. In taverns people could mix together: you see men drinking alongside the people they work for. Early laws [...]

The Toll of “Rassenschande” on a Family

You’ve heard the saying. “The death of one person is a tragedy. The death of ten million people is a statistic.” The death toll of World War II is estimated at over 60 million people, including six million Jews in the Holocaust. Each of those deaths is a tragedy, because each has a family story. In [...]

Would The Three Laws of Robotics Work?

Fans of science fiction master Isaac Asimov’s classic Foundation Series (or “I, Robot”) are familiar with his “Three Laws of Robotics.” A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. A robot must obey any orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would [...]