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10 of the Most Pointless Action Figures Ever Made

Popular characters as action figures make plenty of sense. Obscure action figures are often works of art, have meaning to someone, or are awesome in their very obscurity. Then there are mass-produced action figures that serve only to expand a series and sell to collectors who are obsessed with a complete set, depicting characters that [...]

Isaac Newton’s Secret Sins

Even great minds have teen angst. The more intelligent teenagers just know how to hide them better! Which is a good ting, because when you become famous, someone will want to dig up that dirt, even 300 years later. In 1662, a 19-year-old Isaac Newton started carrying a leather-bound journal, which he used to track finances [...]

Vintage Illustrations Of Alice In Wonderland By Salvador Dali

Just when you thought Alice in Wonderland couldn’t get any more psychedelic, we drop these illustrations by Dali on you and your mind is officially blown! Here’s more about this amazing series by Dali: In 1969, Salvador Dali produced a stunning series of illustrations for Lewis Carroll’s classic children’s tale Alice in Wonderland—in Brainpickings’ words, it was “a collaboration [...]

Webcomics Represent the "Triumph of the Nerds"

The ease of Internet publishing has given new opportunities to cartoonists. They no longer need the backing of an established publishing or syndication company–just some computer skills. The Economist looked at the developing of the industry and some of its leading figures, including Zach Weinersmith, Kate Beaton, Randall Munroe and Matthew Inman: One thing they have in [...]

The Carrot Rebellion

Spain recently raised the value-added-tax (VAT) on cultural activates to 21%, which didn’t sit well with theater owners. One theater in Bescanó staged a revolt by using carrots! Theater owner Quim Marcé explains: “We said, ‘This is the end of our theater, and many others.’ But then the next morning, I thought, we’ve got to do [...]

The Literary Bond vs. the Movie Version

How does the 007 of film stack up against the original Ian Fleming books? Author Allen Bara contrasts the Bond of the novels with the cinematic Bond so many more people are familiar with. The agent that Ian Fleming created was not physically imposing, his tastes in food and drink were almost plebeian, he wasn’t [...]

The Most Popular Pages in Medieval Manuscripts

How can you know which pages in a medieval manuscript were the most popular? Kathryn Rudy of the University of St. Andrews reasoned that the finger smudges left by readers would be a good indicator: Using a device that measures the optical density of a reflective surface, Kathryn Rudy of the University of St. Andrews in [...]

For the Atari’s 35th Birthday, the Top 10 Atari Games Ever

I don’t always feel old, but when I do it’s because of posts like this one. The Atari 2600 — that boxy little guy that changed the way an entire generation defined the word “play” — is 35 years old this week. There are no words. For the under-25 set/Martian cave-dwellers, the Atari 2600 debuted in [...]

Runner Falls, Gets Trampled, Stands Up, Starts Running Again and Wins Third Place

Alicia Follmar, a student at Stanford University, fell hard early in a race. Then several runners ran over her. Most people would then quit. But Alicia Follmar is not most people. She stood up and, though bloody, bruised and in great pain, started running again: As she powered her way from 10th to third over the [...]

Bridezilla’s Letter to Potential Bridesmaids

An unnamed bride sent a group email to her best friends, laying out the requirements for those who decide they want to be one of her bridesmaids. It’s quite extensive. You get the feeling that she’s already put way more thought and effort into the perfect wedding day than she’s put into the marriage itself [...]