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WWII Bomb Discovered, Detonated in Munich

On August 27, construction workers in Munich discovered an American bomb from World War II inside an old bar that was being cleared for new construction. The bomb weighed 550 pounds and bore an “unusual fuse,” operated by a chemical reaction rather than a mechanical switch. Because the bomb was unsafe to transport, [...]

A Wacky Bunch Hard At Work In The Kitchen During Mardi Gras

Would you still eat at a restaurant that had a kitchen staff like the madcap bunch in this picture? Well, if you were looking for a bite to eat during Mardi Gras in Munich, Germany around 1933 you might not have had much of a choice in the matter! Looking for more enjoyable pictures of people playing [...]

8 Underdog Nations and Their Memorable Olympic Performances

This week, the tiny Caribbean nation of Grenada won its first Olympic medal when 19-year-old Kirani James took the gold in the 400-meter dash. With a population of 104,000, Grenada is the 17th-smallest country in the world, and now the smallest nation to win a gold medal. Here’s a look back at eight other great Olympic [...]

A Brief History of Olympic Defectors

Getty Images For some athletes, the Olympics aren’t just a competition: they’re a chance to escape oppression. Earlier this week, seven of Cameroon’s athletes disappeared from London’s Olympic Village. The week before, three runners from Sudan’s Olympic training squad filed for asylum in Britain. Here’s a look at some other Olympic defections. 1948 Summer Olympics: London Marie Provaznikova, [...]

4 Times Olympians Refused Their Medals

Getty Images South Korean fencer Shin A-Lam provided one of the indelible images of the 2012 London Olympics when she staged an hour-long, tearful protest after losing to Germany’s Britta Heidemann in an individual epee semifinal match. Shin’s coach claimed Heidemann’s winning hit came after the final second on the clock, which was being controlled by [...]

How Much Gold is in a Gold Medal?

On our last semi-regular “Ask Matt” day, reader Mel asked, “Are there standards for just how much gold is in those gold medals these Olympic athletes are getting?” Getty Images The amount of gold in medals is indeed regulated, and there’s a lot less than there used to be. The prizes awarded at the Olympics have varied over [...]

Beer-Dispensing iPad

(Video Link) I had no idea that iPads could do this! I must buy one immediately. In this video, magician Simon Pierro attaches a spigot to an iPad and uses it to distribute beer to visitors to the Hofbraeuhaus in Munich. -via The Presurfer | Pierro’s Website

10 Stainless Steel, Spring-Loaded Things You Should Know About the Swiss Army Knife (Now With a Corkscrew!)

Image credit: Flickr user AJ Cann Pocket-sized multitools are a dime a dozen, but the Swiss Army Knife is an icon. Its name is shorthand for versatility and its cross-emblazoned red handle has gone to the North Pole, to the top of Mount Everest, to the depths of the Amazon, and even orbited around Earth on the space [...]

Everywhere a Sign: A Brief History of International Symbols

Restroom sign via Shutterstock You see them every day when you go to the restroom, cross the street, or look at a map. International symbols are intended to make getting around easier for anyone, regardless of their native tongue. But where do these symbols come from? Let’s take a look. Isotype Unlike many museums, the [...]

6 Most Badass Self-Inflicted Medical Experiments

Scientists sometimes have an experiment in mind that would be unethical, or more likely too dangerous, to ask volunteers to submit to. If the scientist wants to know the answer badly enough, he (these six are all men) may just use himself as the experimental subject, no matter what the danger. You’d have to be [...]