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Hellish Heels

René van den Berg’s new shoe design, dubbed Scary Beautiful, reverses the position of the foot–at least as you would expect at first glance. As you can see from the video at the link, they’re really hard to walk in. Link | Designer’s Website

Severely Allergic Second-Grader Gets a Robot Stand-In for School

Devon Carrow isn’t your typical kid. His allergies are so alarmingly severe that his own mother compares him to David Vetter, the boy who ispired the film The Boy In the Plastic Bubble.  The roster of Devon’s diagnoses show he suffers from eosinophilic esophagitis disease – an allergic inflammatory response in the esophagus – along with [...]

Every Item Inside the Time Capsule Nickelodeon Buried in 1992

In 1992, Nickelodeon got together with the Kids World Council (also known as “minors who were allowed to call in and vote”) to decide what was most important to kids at the time. Then they assembled those items, put them in a big orange time capsule, and buried it in front of Nickelodeon Studios in [...]

Did a Meteorite Crash Cause Tomatoes to Become Red?

Why are tomatoes red? Research by Dutch scientists discovered that a stressful event millions of years ago, like a meteorite crash, triggered the change in the plant’s genome: "Such a big genome expansion points to [...]

John Kricfalusi’s Couch Gag for The Simpsons

(Video Link) John Kricfalusi, the animator for the legendary Ren & Stimpy Show, got a chance to direct the couch gag for last night’s episode of The Simpsons. Kricfalusi is not one to hold back his creative vision, even for a children’s show (Nickelodeon ultimately fired him). His work in this short is deliciously weird and [...]

Awesome ’90s Nickelodeon Shows Are Back

This just made my day like you don’t even know. Nickelodeon has announced that they’re bringing back all of your favorite Nick Shows from the ’90s- I’m talking Clarissa Explains It All, The Adventures of Pete & Pete, Salute Your Shorts, Are You Afraid of the Dark? and Ren & Stimpy – in a midnight [...]

Dachshund in Chain Mail

I do not know the origins of this picture, but the dog’s owner should be commended for providing much-needed protection from arrows and bladed weapons. She is ready to go to both the dogpark and the Ren fair. via Geekosystem

Flowers Fool Flat-footed Flies by Faking Fungus-infected Foliage

A rare species of lady’s slipper orchid (Cypripedium fargesii) grows black spots that look like a fungus. But it’s not a fungus; it’s a feature, as Zong-Xin Ren of the Chinese Academy of Sciences found out during four years of research. The lady’s slippers are generally pollinated by bees but C.fargesii is different. Over many hours [...]

One Man Band Covers Ren and Stimpy Theme Song

(YouTube link) Ren and Stimpy: we love it, we miss it, we can’t believe that something so wonderfully subversive was once on Nickelodeon, like all the time. Yet like so many great shows no longer with us, we keep it alive. We collect action figures, animation cels and DVDs. We sing “Happy Happy, Joy Joy” after [...]

How The Stethoscope Was Invented

The stethoscope was invented by a doctor too embarrassed to place his ear on a woman’s ample bosom. Before the invention of the stethoscope, a physician would listen to a patient’s heart by placing his ear over the chest. In 1816, René Laennec, a physician and devout Catholic, was called to examine a young woman suspected to [...]