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New Bee Named Euglossa Bazinga to Honor Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory

I hate to make a bad joke, but the joke just can’t be contained. Looks like Bazinga, a catchphrase used by Sheldon Cooper on the Big Bang Theory, is officially a ‘buzz word.’ Instead of naming the brand new orchid bee species after himself or the species’ appearance, Andre Nemesio and his team named the [...]

10 Sports Heroes You Won’t Find On Wheaties Boxes

Shame on Wheaties for ignoring the heroes of elephant polo, sumo wrestling, and bullfighting! At our breakfast of champions, they’re always at the head of the table. 1. Sumo Wrestling: Akebono Taro (Image credit: Philbert Ono via Wikipedia) The only slim thing about sumo wrestling is the chance of becoming a yokozuna, or grand champion. Throughout the centuries, [...]

By the Numbers: How Americans Spend Their Money

Last year, Americans spent $10.7 trillion shopping. With that much dough, you could buy over 2000 aircraft carriers, 300 private islands, and still have money left over for a latte. Here’s a taste of the things we bought—and how much we spent on them. Getty Images Beer: $96 billion—enough to make 199,937,239 barrels! (Brewers Association) Pretzels: $550 million [...]

Are Mermaids Real? 11 Myths the U.S. Government Has Addressed

Usually the government sticks to reality, but there are a number of times where agencies have investigated or weighed in on more mythical ideas. From mermaids to Santa Claus, here are 11 legends that the government has acknowledged, even if just to deny. 1. Mermaids Late last month, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration published a [...]

11 Wonderful Libraries in Africa

We’ve brought you beautiful European, South American, North American and Asian libraries, so now it’s time for the most amazing libraries in Africa. 1. Library of Alexandria The most famous library in Africa is the Library of Alexandria — the modern tribute to the famed library of antiquity. Located on the shore in Alexandria near where the ancient library [...]

A Brief History of the Wife Carrying World Championships

EPA/MARKKU OJALA/LANDOV It’s probably the most painstaking, heart wrenching, and stress inducing test of dedication a marriage can face. But the reward at the end is pretty sweet. At the annual Wife Carrying World Championships in Sonkajärvi, Finland, male competitors race around a track hauling their female partners on their backs. Winner takes home his wife’s weight [...]

Man Waded into Tower of Bird Poo … For Science!

Photo: Chris Grooms/Queen’s University Ah, the glamorous life of a scientist. The working with expensive lab equipments, wearing those stylish lab coats and … wading chest-deep in bird poo?! Scientists at Canada’s Queen’s University discovered [...]

Rare ‘white’ black bear captured on camera

A rare white North American black bear was spotted recently in British Columbia, its only known habitat. From a distance the white North American blac…

11 Items in Van Halen’s Contract Rider (Including No Brown M&Ms)

Van Halen is back! Featuring David Lee Roth and three Van Halen brothers, the band has reunited for a North American tour, and their new record was released just three days ago. So I thought I’d take a look back at the band’s infamous early-1980s tour rider*, the document that specified no brown [...]

The Late Movies: Songs About Three in Honor of the 333rd Day of the Year

Today is the 333rd day of the year! Here are six—that’s three times two for those without a calculator—songs with the number three in the title. Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad This Meatloaf song was on his 1977 album Bat out of Hell, written by Jim Steinman. Steinman wrote this song after being instructed to write [...]