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Join Us at Pat Kiernan’s NYC Halloween Trivia Night!

If you’re in the New York area and free on Monday, October 29th, we’ve got something fun for you. We’re teaming up with TrivWorks and NY1 anchor Pat Kiernan for The Ultimate Halloween Pop Culture Trivia Night! Here’s the scoop, via TrivWorks: “Hosted by NY1 morning news anchor Pat Kiernan, come test your knowledge of the [...]

Awkwardness and Bawdy Talk: 7 Tales of Presidential Courtship

You may be surprised to learn that not every politician is equipped with romantic game. Here are the stories of a few presidents who had a little difficulty garnering the affections of the first lady – or at least had a few awkward moments during the courtship. Learn from their fumbles, and be grateful that [...]

Knitted Napier’s Bones

Because they are awesome, Pat Ashforth, Steve Plummer and Ben Ashforth illustrate math through their crafting projects. Pictured above is their knitted version of Napier’s Bones, a calculation device invented by Scottish mathematician John Napier (1550-1617). George Hart explains how they work: The image below shows how to arrange the bones if you wanted to [...]

What the Vertigo Apartment Looks Like Today

San Francisco: Jimmy Stewart’s Vertigo apartment Hitchcock fans no doubt remember Jimmy Stewart’s San Francisco apartment from the iconic Vertigo. AV Club’s Pop Pilgrims series has discovered that it’s still around today and largely looks the same. You can join them for a little tour in the video above, but if Hitchcock isn’t really your thing, [...]

Taser Shockwave

Photo: Pat Shannahan/Wired.com What do you get when you cross a taser with a machine gun? Behold the Taser Shockwave, a weapon that fires 24 electrified probes at the same time in a single direction. It’s one example of Aaron Rowe’s Danger Room Blog gallery of 10 Sci-Fi Weapons That Actually Exist: Link