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Director Christopher Nolan Discusses Making His First Film, Following

Last night, director Christopher Nolan visited the IFC Center in New York City to screen his own restored print of his first film, Following. After showing the film (as well as one of his early shorts, Doodlebug), Nolan and incoming Village Voice film critic Scott Foundas discussed the film’s restoration, the challenges behind making Following—and [...]

Man Finds His Car for Sale on eBay 42 Years after It Was Stolen

In 1970, Bob Russell’s ’67 Austin Healey 3000 disappeared after a date with the woman he’d eventually marry. But he never gave up on her and kept searching for the beauty for 42 years. Suspecting that the rare collectible car would be sold multiple times, he scoured online auctions for it. Finally, one morning, he [...]

This Snake Can Send You Back Through Puberty

A lot of people afraid of snakes and the fear makes total sense, even if most snake bites aren’t lethal. As it turns out, they can actually send you back through your adolescence. At least, the Russell’s pit viper’s bite can give you symptoms that mimic the loss of puberty. From io9: “What distinguishes [Russell's Viper [...]

North Dakota: Where The Jobs Are

Psst! Wanna job? There’s a place in the United States that actually can’t get enough people to hire. The catch? You have to live in North Dakota … kidding! Actually its a bit worse: you [...]

The Best and Worst Minor League Stadium Promotions

The Peoria Chiefs, the Class A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, joined the list of LeBron James’ bashers when it staged a “LeBron James NBA Championship Replica Ring Giveaway” after the Dallas Mavericks defeated the Miami Heat for the NBA title. There was no ring, of course. The Chiefs claimed to explore the possibility of skipping the [...]

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Bill Russell

Today is NBA Hall of Famer Bill Russell’s 77th birthday. Let’s look at five things you might not know about the legendary Celtics center. 1. He Wasn’t a Blue-Chip Prospect Most sports fans know the old story about Michael Jordan being cut from his high school’s varsity hoops team as a sophomore, but Russell had to [...]

Symphony of Science: A Wave of Reason

In the seventh “Symphony of Science” installment by John Boswell, Carl Sagan sings: “Science is more than a body of knowledge: it’s a way of thinking; a way of skeptically interrogating the universe. If we are not able to ask skeptical questions, to be skeptical of those in authority, then we’re up for grabs.” That’s [...]