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Urine-Powered Generator

At the Maker Faire Africa in Lagos, Nigeria, four teenage girls came up with a rather remarkable invention: urine-powered generator (well, supposedly – but don’t let skept-pee-cism* ruin our fun here). Possibly one of the more unexpected products at Maker Faire Africa [...]

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 [...]

11 Languages Spoken by 11 People or Fewer

Vladimir Korostyshevskiy / Shutterstock.com 1. Ho-Chunk is the language of the Hocák Nation, more commonly known as the Winnebago tribe of Wisconsin and Nebraska. In 2004, there were only 11 living fluent speakers of Ho-Chunk, all of whom also use English. 2. In the jungles of Suriname lives a nearly extinct population of people known as [...]

Grandmother ‘resurrects’ after 12 days

A 67-year-old woman who was presumed dead stunned family members when she woke up a few days later. Mama Victoria Gbemisola Babatunde from Nigeria wou…

The Late Movies: Sesame Street International Part 2

Last week we saw eight clips from international versions of Sesame Street. Here are eight more from different nations! Brazil Vila Sesamo! This show began in 1972. * Canada In Canada, the show is named Sesame Park. This segment is from around 1990. * Nigeria Where it’s called Sesame Square. * India In Hindi, Cookie Monster is Biscuit Badsha on the show Gali Gali Sim Sim. * Jordan Where [...]

The Underground CAPTCHA Industry

Humans can solve them, computers cannot, or so we’ve been led to believe. Yes, I’m talking about CAPTCHAs, those annoying puzzles you see whenever you post something to Craigslist, or even try to leave a comment on this blog. Originally designed to block spam, Completely Automated Turing Test To Tell Computers and Humans Apart, or [...]

America’s Jiminy Crickett: The Ted Turner Story

After my previous post mentioned Ted Turner’s promotional antics as owner of the Atlanta Braves, a reader suggested I write more about the man who became known as “The Mouth of the South.” In three decades of sports writing, I’ve never come across anyone quite so outrageous. So you don’t have to twist my arm. Moscow, [...]

Why Don’t We All Drive on the Same Side of the Road?

Yesterday, the residents of Samoa began driving on the right side of the road instead of the left. This is the first major switch since the 1970s, when Ghana, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone made the change. Randy James of Time magazine has an article exploring how different nations came to use different sides of the [...]