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Rod Stewart Was Never a Gravedigger

Before he became a famous singer, Rod Stewart held a series of odd jobs. After he dropped out of school at fifteen, Stewart worked as a screen printer printing wallpapers. It was an odd match, [...]

Clever Bird Goes Fishing

(YouTube link) He has no rod or reel, but he certainly has the right bait! -via Say OMG

Land Speed Record Vehicles, Part 2: Jet Propulsion 1960s-1980s

“QUANTUM SHOT” #786 Link – article by Simon Rose and Avi Abrams Need for Speed: The Fastest Men On Earth & Their “Rocket” Vehicles, 1960s-1980s In Part One of our look at land speed record vehicles here at Dark Roasted Blend, we featured the pioneers who steadily pushed top speeds [...]

What Do Snakes and Sticks Have to Do With Doctors?

If you’ve ever seen the World Health Organization or American Medical Association logo, or the “star of life” on the side of an ambulance, you might have wondered what a snake wrapped around a stick has to do with those who fix what ails us. Well, that stick is the asklepian, or rod of Asclepius. In [...]

Phineas Gage Brain Pathways Mapped

Image: John Darrell Van Horn/UCLA Laboratory of Neuro Imaging In 1848, railroad foreman Phineas Gage entered the annals of neuroscience with one unfortunate accident – an explosion shot an iron rod straight up his [...]

Tonight: Trek Nation on Science Channel

Set your DRVs for “Trek Nation” tonight (November 30, 2011) at 8pm ET/PT on the Science Channel. If you’re going to watch one documentary about Star Trek, it should be Trekkies. But if you’re going to watch two, the second should be Trek Nation, premiering tonight on the Science Channel. Trek Nation puts Star [...]

Combination Pack Rifle/Fishing Rod Weighs Less Than a Pound

A pack rifle is one that is carried by backpackers for self-defense and emergency hunting. They need to be sturdy, compact, and above all lightweight. This .22-caliber single shot design by a firm called Mountain View Machine & Welding weighs under a pound. It doubles as a fishing rod. See what the man’s left hand is [...]

A Celebration of Elephants

Every September 22nd, we celebrate Elephant Appreciation Day! To show our appreciation, here’s a look at some of the amazing things elephants do. 1. Play Soccer and Darts (Image credit: Reuters/Sukree Sukplang) An annual festival in Surin Province, Thailand celebrates elephants and all that they do. Highlights of the event include a soccer match, battles recreations, and an [...]

Shoeless, Yogi & Catfish? The Stories Behind 16 Athlete Nicknames

Floss editor extraordinaire Jason English recently found an interesting fact: Reggie Jackson’s famous “Mr. October” nickname was originally a derisive jab from teammate Thurman Munson when Jackson was struggling his way through the 1977 playoffs. Soon after Munson coined the mocking nickname, Jackson started hitting like his normal awesome self, and the name stuck as [...]