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11 Eye-Opening NASA Wakeup Calls

NASA has been waking up astronauts using music since the Apollo Program. Sometimes those wakeup calls get pretty weird. 1. STS-111 – “I Got You Babe” from Groundhog Day On June 19, 2002, the crew of the Space Shuttle Endeavour awoke to a tinny rendition of “I Got You Babe” by Sonny and Cher, taken [...]

Eaten by a Grue: A Brief History of Zork

Zork is a text-based video game, a genre also known as “interactive fiction,” whose defining feature is the absence of typical video game graphics. Instead, the game’s environments and the actions you take are described for you. For example, the first line of Zork is, “You are standing in an open field west of [...]

Robin Williams in 1977 Phone Ad

Before Robin Williams got his breakout role as Mork from Ork, he starred in this wonderful ad for Illinois Bell. Take a look: Hit play or go to Link [YouTube] – via Laughing Squid

Own the Road: A Brief History of the Adopt-a-Highway Program

In the 26 years since the Adopt-a-Highway program was launched, it has helped keep America’s highways clean, saved taxpayers money, sparked a handful of free-speech battles, and even been featured on an episode of Seinfeld. Here’s a brief history of the program. The Birth of Adopt-a-Highway The idea hit James Evans like an empty soda can, or [...]

Topiaries Beyond Compare

When I lived in San Francisco, I once ended up driving past Robin Williams’ house which is recognizable by the giant dinosaur topiaries. They were so goofy and out of place in that ritzy neighborhood that I couldn’t help but giggle as I traveled the next few blocks. This post on WebEcoist was able to stir [...]

Clowndoctors

Apparently years and years of medical schooling isn’t enough to make good doctors. They also need to go to … clown school! Just kidding. A charity in Northern Ireland is recruiting clowns to entertain sick children in hospitals and hospices: Clowndoctor Elaine Duncan, aka Dr Twinkle, said she loved to see the smiles on children’s faces. “The children [...]

The Quick 10: Why a Typo Caused Popeye to Eat Spinach and Other Popeye Facts

Yesterday was a big day in Hollywood – it was the Golden Globes, sure (did you love Ricky Gervais or think he dropped the ball?), but it was also the anniversary of the first time the world was introduced to a beloved cartoon – Popeye. To celebrate the famous spinach-swilling seadog, here are a few [...]

We See With the Eyes, But We See With the Brain as Well…

“We see with the eyes, but we see with the brain as well, and seeing with the brain is often called ‘imagination,’ and we are familiar with the landscapes of our own imagination, our ‘inscapes,’ we’ve lived with them all our lives. But there are also hallucinations as well, and hallucinations are completely different…they seem [...]