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Sixteenth Century Frenchman Devises Craiglist

Want to sell an old scythe? Need to hire a swineherd? These days, you’d use Craigslist. But five hundred years ago, that wasn’t an option. Nonetheless, the idea behind Craiglist was present. Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), a prominent French philosopher and writer, wrote about the business model that Craig Newmark would eventually develop: My late father, [...]

Words and Phrases I’ve Misused

Chris Higgins of mental_floss wrote a book called The Blogger Abides. It’s about, you guessed it,  blogging! In an excerpt he posted today, he gives many examples of misused words and phrases he’s been called out on over the years. A couple of examples: Tough Road to Hoe A lot of idioms don’t seem to make sense, [...]

New Bee Named Euglossa Bazinga to Honor Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory

I hate to make a bad joke, but the joke just can’t be contained. Looks like Bazinga, a catchphrase used by Sheldon Cooper on the Big Bang Theory, is officially a ‘buzz word.’ Instead of naming the brand new orchid bee species after himself or the species’ appearance, Andre Nemesio and his team named the [...]

The 13-year-old Veteran

Calvin Graham was only 12 when he became a seaman in the United States Navy. He had already left home to escape an abusive stepfather, and the military was desperate for manpower right after the Pearl Harbor attack that drew the US into World War II. Graham was assigned to the USS South Dakota, which [...]

Man Discovers That Santa He Visited 13 Years Ago Is His Father-in-Law

Chris Burd, 27, was engaged to his fiancée when he and his relatives were looking through his old childhood photos. They noticed that one of them, taken when he was 13 years old, showed him sitting on the lap of a mall Santa Claus. That Santa Claus was his own future father-in-law: “My mom was going through [...]

In 1921, This Man Was Judged as the World’s Greatest Kisser

But only because I had not yet been born. According to the 19 September 1921 issue of the Minneapolis Tribune, a prestigious panel of experts judged French actor André Brulé the greatest kisser in the world: According to the jury, Brulé’s perfect kiss was according to the following procedure. He took careful aim, and then with his right arm [...]

Assessing Gluteal Hardness in Uniformed Security Guards

The following is an article from the Annals of Improbable Research. by Peter Freundlich The Peter Freundlich Institute New York City, New YorkPhotographs by S. Drew, AIR staff The author of this study has often been an object of intense study by Uniformed Private Security Guards. In response, he has spent much time in turn studying them [...]

Penpal: An Original Horror Story

Good horror stories are hard to come by, often we are left with over dramatized clichés like The Happening, The Wicker Man, or The Mist. I have unfortunately seen all of those terrible terrible films, The Mist being especially bad. If you have seen The Mist then you know what I am talking about [...]

Playing The Viral Market

How good are you are predicting viral videos? Do you also happen to enjoy the stock market? Then you will love the Viral Video eXchange – an online stock market game. You can view trending videos, buy stock in videos, spend and earn (fake) money, and so on. I personally just bought 100 shares of [...]

The Traditional Thanksgiving Eel

Turkey? No, thanks. I want a traditional Thanksgiving–the way the Pilgrims did theirs. Two years ago, James Prosek wrote in The New York Times that the original Thanksgiving feast may have been upon freshwater eels: Indeed, eel was the dinner that Pilgrims were given on the very day after they made peace with Massasoit, the sachem, [...]