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Identical Twins Not Genetically Identical

Photo: Dave Banks/Flickr – via Geeks Are Sexy You’d be forgiven to think that identical twins have the same DNA. After all, that’s part of the plot [...]

15 Offbeat Holidays You Can Celebrate in November

Turkey day may be the main event in the second-to-last month of the year, but there are plenty of unusual holidays to fill your November days with celebration. 1. November 2nd: National Plan Your Epitaph Day Getty Images Whether you’re morbid or just really on top of planning ahead, take the day to decide which of your [...]

Shoplifter Betrayed by Hot Peppers

Marcus Banwell learned the hard way that if you steal hot peppers, you should wait until you are away from the store before you eat them. Banwell had apparently ingested at least one Scotch Bonnet pepper from the Singh Store in Bristol, England. The store owner heard a commotion as Barnwell doubled over and became [...]

11 of the Craziest Events in Olympic History

Olympic history books are filled with stories of amazing individual performances and team achievements. But from poorly conceived competitions to spectators attacking the judges, a lot of crazy stuff has happened along the way. 1. Killing Animals Causes Horror, Fainting Live Pigeon Shooting, 1900 Paris Olympics Live Pigeon Shooting was the only time in Olympic history when [...]

Male Spider Avoids Getting Eaten by Using Remote Copulation

The one who didn’t get away. A male Nephilengys malabarensis snapped off his genitals (red box) in the female, but it was eaten anyway. I suppose it’s better to snap off your genitals rather than be devoured [...]

4 Doctor Who Stories Ripped From History Books

Earlier this week, we looked at Doctor Who stories inspired by the headlines. But far more stories were ripped from the history books. In fact, the original series concept back in 1963 was to alternate science fiction stories (which could be used to introduce science concepts) with period pieces (which could be used to [...]

Where Christmas Lights Go To Die

What happened when you toss a hopelessly tangled string of Christmas tree lights to the recycling bin? Chances are, if it escapes being put in a landfill, it will end up in Shijao, China, [...]

The Late Movies: Colonel Sherman T. Potter

By now, you’ve heard that actor Harry Morgan died on Wednesday at age 96. Morgan had over 150 acting credits, but his best known role was as the commanding officer of M*A*S*H 4077 in the hit TV series from 1975 to 1983. Colonel Potter, the fictional character, has his own biography at the M*A*S*H wiki. [...]

Who is Sadie Hawkins and Why Does She Have Her Own Dance?

Every October, we indulge in a month-long horrorfest at our house. Zombieland was the movie of choice a few nights ago, and the scene came up where Columbus explains how one of his worst moments of 1997 was when his school held a Sadie Hawkins dance. “No one asked you?” “It was girls’ choice,” he [...]

Li-fi: Data through illumination

Soon, you’ll be able to go onlight instead of online. Li-fi is coming and it might be the death of Wi-fi. In fact, we already have the technology to transmit data, even hi-def video, through light beams. It’s just a question of making it available to devices. So how does it work? Simple! The new LEDs [...]