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Alpha Centauri Has a Planet

Image: ESO/L. Calcada/N.Risinger (skysurvey.org) Good news, everyone! Astronomers have discovered that Alpha Centauri, the closest known star system to our own Sun and subject to many science fiction classics, actually has an Earth-like planet: Alpha [...]

European Union Wins the Nobel Peace Prize

Congratulations to all Neatoramanauts from the European Union! You’ve all won the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize, which comes with $1.2 million in prize money: The European Union won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, a choice that [...]

11 Monarchs Who Went Insane

With election season in full swing, perhaps it’s time to take a step back and be glad that neither candidate makes out with corpses or thinks they have bones made of glass. Whether they were born with mental illness or slowly descended into lunacy as a result of leading tragic lives, these 11 rulers definitely [...]

The Nutmeg Wars

The following is an article from Uncle John’s Curiously Compelling Bathroom Reader. In the 17th century, all Europe was mad to have the little brown nut from Indonesia- nutmeg. Especially the Dutch, who monopolized its cultivation and, in doing so, built their tiny nation into one of the wealthiest trading powers on the planet. BACKGROUND Spices have [...]

Library Shelves Catastrophe

Link Scroll down for today’s pictures & links. Library Shelves Catastrophe One of the best pranks we’ve ever seen! Impossible not to stare in utter stupefaction, if such a thing would ever happen to you in real life… Link Today’s pictures & links: Window into the World Not a framed picture! - (image credit: Jeremy Duguid) ———— Light-Hearted! “Light Painting” by Shawn Hoke: read more about [...]

31 Bizarre Foreign Titles for American Movies

Film is perhaps America’s greatest cultural export. That said, not every American film title translates well into other languages. To bridge the gap, foreign marketers take some very intriguing creative liberties. Many of the best mangled film titles come from China, where they are downright magical at jazzing up boring old English titles. 1. Pretty Woman [...]

11 Wars That Lasted Way Longer Than They Should Have

Thanks to lost paperwork, diplomatic technicalities, or just plain forgetting they had declared war in the first place, many countries remained in a state of war long after the actual fighting had stopped. 1. Roman Republic vs. Carthaginian Republic – 2,134 years Cato the Elder before the Roman Senate. © Stefano Bianchetti/Corbis After two Punic wars Rome decided [...]

Time Off Around the World

It’s the day after Christmas: Are you reading this blog post from work or are you home for the holidays? How is your vacation time as compared to other workers from around the world? Here’s a graph from the Economist, [...]

9 Creepy Places to Visit For a Good Scare

If you’re the kind of person who finds commercial haunted houses boring and instead loves traveling to macabre places, then you’d better start booking your tickets because we’ve compiled some of the creepiest and scariest places on earth. Of course, if you’re squeamish and don’t like to read about death or look at pictures of [...]

Casa do Penedo

This is a real house in Portugal called Casa do Penedo, which means “house of stone.” Built in 1974, the current resident had to reinforce the house with security doors and window bars because of the many visitors and occasional vandals. Casa do Penedo is just one of a list of Ten Strange Places Where [...]