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Where Are These 12 Boy Bands Now?

Groups like One Direction, The Wanted, and Big Time Rush are keeping the legacy of boy bands alive, but lest we forget the previous generation of singing boys who captured our hearts. Here’s a look at what the boy bands of yesteryear are up to these days. (In keeping with this spirit, this piece was [...]

Confederate Army Officer Wearing Jaguar Skin Pants

The stylin’ Captain Samuel J. Richardson of the Second Texas Cavalry wore a standard issue hat and shirt. But his pants and his holsters were made of jaguar skin! Link -via Retronaut

Music History #6: “American Pie”

“American Pie” Written and performed by Don McLean (1971) Getty Images The Music “I can’t remember if I cried when I read about his widowed bride But something touched me deep inside the day the music died” The phrase “The day the music died” is familiar to us today as shorthand for the 1959 plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, [...]

Squirrel Ballerina

(Video Link) A ground squirrel named Richardson loves to slip into his tutu and dance to Bach’s Third Brandenburg Concerto. And he’s proud enough of his abilities to show them off on YouTube. -via WTF Japan Seriously

Hacked TV Remote Control Auto-Mutes Snooki

Matt Richardson has developed a deep loathing for certain celebrities and hates to hear them speak in any context. So he’s hacked his TV remote to automatically mute the volume whenever certain words appear in the closed captioning system: Richardson combined a couple of Arduino circuit boards with an infrared LED light — that little red [...]

Robot Explores Pyramid

The Great Pyramid of Giza contains narrow passageways and chambers that have never been explored. A small robot was sent into an 8-inch wide chute in 1993 and 2002, but both expeditions ran into something impassable. Now a new robot called Djedi with the ability to take pictures around corners is making headway and sending [...]

4 Historically Significant Flips of a Coin

It’s a 50/50 chance. Many basic decisions are made by flipping a coin every day. There have also been decisions made in the past using this act that have made quite an impact on history. Here are a few of them. Buddy Holly had chartered a plane out of Fargo, North Dakota to fly his band [...]

Extinked

The Ultimate Holding Company, a British arts collective, offered tattoos of 100 endangered species to people who are committed to preserving them as a project they call Extinked. One hundred volunteers were chosen out of several hundred who applied to receive a tattoo. Those who made it through had written about why they deserved to [...]