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Cuckoos and Other Animated Clocks

Mental_floss blog editor Jason English told me his daughter wanted a cuckoo clock, but she wanted one with a dog instead of a cuckoo. I began to wonder why clocks use cuckoo birds to identify the hour. As it turns out, there are quite a variety of ways clocks will announce the hour. Image by [...]

6 More Cannibal Killers

In comparison to the worldwide murder rate, cases of cannibalism are rare, but they stand out because of the horror they instill in the rest of us. In addition to the six cases featured in the post 6 Horrifying Modern Cannibals, I found these six cannibal stories from all over the world. 1. Nikolai Dzhurmongaliev Nikolai Dzhurmongaliev [...]

10 Possible Sources of "Avatar" in Classic Science Fiction

“QUANTUM SHOT” #604Link – by Avi Abrams Going beyond the obvious comparisons with “Ferngully” and “Dances with Wolves” By now many of you have seen James Cameron’s epic “Avatar” and marveled at its breakthrough 3D immersion technology. Visually, the movie is beyond breathtaking. Perhaps it can even be compared to the advent of wide screen in movie [...]