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Words Redefined: 37 Notable Entries in The Devil’s Dictionary

Ambrose Bierce was a celebrated journalist, storyteller and, above all, cynic. Bierce had a barbed wit, and he often used it to kick American culture square in the teeth. In 1911, he published The Devil’s Dictionary, a partial lexicon that sardonically redefines over 1000 words. Here are some of our favorites. 1. Academy, n. A [...]

Typing Two Spaces After a Period? You’re WRONG!

‘Fess up, Neatoramanauts. Who amongst you type two spaces after a period? Well, according to Farhad Manjoo of Slate, you’re wrong. Dead wrong: What galls me about two-spacers isn’t just their numbers. It’s their certainty that they’re right. Over Thanksgiving [...]

Country Fried Bacon With Gravy On A Stick

If you’re ever entered into a contest to see who can eat the most calories in a 24 hour period, at least now you have a plan for breakfast. Of course, if you aren’t entered in said contest, you might want to stay away from the dish, which might be tasty, but also could be [...]

My School Lunches Never Looked This Cool

Every lunch period would be an adventure if kids had lunch bags that look as cool as these! Take a look at this dad’s Tumblr page and see why his son sports a great big grin to school every day. Link -via GeeksAreSexy

Mesmerizing Pendulum Waves

(Video Link) This simple but beautiful video from Harvard University shows fifteen pendulums of increasing length swinging to and fro. Sometimes they appear to be in sync, but at other times, not. Here’s why: The period of one complete cycle of the dance is 60 seconds. The length of the longest pendulum has been adjusted so that [...]

Television Shows Out of Their Time

Rob Cockerham constructed a chart of TV shows that were set in a time period other than the one they were produced in. This may be especially useful for young people who weren’t watching at the time, like my children, who thought the series Happy Days was produced in the 1950s. Still, there are some [...]

How Much Weight Do People Gain on Thanksgiving?

Popular belief holds that the average American gains somewhere between 5 and 10 pounds over the holiday season (Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day). A few studies over the last decade, though, have found that we’re not nearly as gluttonous as we think we are. After weighing 94 graduate and undergraduate students at the University of Oklahoma [...]