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Pythagoras: World’s Nerdiest Cult Leader

Historically, cults and their leaders haven’t had much luck getting good publicity. Maybe it’s because of their intense religious fervor or their creepy recruiting methods, but most people do their best to avoid these cliques (not to mention the punch they serve). But hey, they aren’t all bad. Ancient mathematician and philosopher Pythagoras had his [...]

Paper Airplane Producers: Morning Types vs. Evening Types

The following article is reprinted from The Annals of Improbable Research. by David L. Dickinson, Dept. of Economics, Appalachian State University, and Todd McElroy, Dept. of Psychology, Appalachian State University People differ in their diurnal (time of day) preferences: some are morning-types and others are evening-types. These differences are explored in a unique experiment design in which [...]

Doctor Who’s 11th Doctor Sonic Screwdriver (Actual Screwdriver)

Doctor Who’s 11th Doctor Sonic Screwdriver (Actual Screwdriver) - $38.95 Attention Doctor Who fans! Doctor Who’s 11th Doctor Sonic Screwdriver (Actual Screwdriver) is back in stock at the NeatoShop! This nifty gadget is a fully-functioning screwdriver. The Doctor Who’s 11th Sonic Screwdriver (Actual Screwdriver) comes with 3 different sized (S,M,L) interchangeable and reversible Philips and flat-head tips. [...]

When Good Food Goes Bad

The following is an article from the book Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Plunges Into the Universe. In the back of the cave, Og groans in misery. Ogga is smug -she told him to leave that two-day-old meat alone. But it looked fine to Og, and as usual, he thought with his stomach instead of his head. [...]

Calculator Words

In my day, middle school math class was pretty boring, and led to some remarkable goofing off. (I’m sure math class isn’t like that today; surely no modern kid would waste time in school.) For me, math class was an opportunity to explore new worlds with my calculator — but not new mathematical worlds. The [...]

Do Blind People See Things in Their Dreams?

A question from reader Josiah: “Do blind people see when they dream? I think there are two sides to the question, dealing with people who were born blind, and those who used to be able to see.” Whether visual imagery is present in the dreams of the blind has been pondered by scientists since the early 19th [...]