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Five Words Worth $400 Million

You might not know Michael Buffer by name, but trust me, you know his work: Buffer came up with the catchphrase “Let’s Get Ready to Rumble” thanks to a little inspiration from Muhammad Ali, who used to say, “Rumble, young man, rumble.” Bumper also credits Sal Marchiano, another announcer with similar catchphrase: “Well, we’re ready to [...]

Criminologists Puzzled Over Falling Crime Rates

There’s a mystery afoot in the world of crimes that has got law enforcement officials scratching their collective heads in amazement: despite the Great Recession, crime rates continue to decline. “Striking,” said Alfred Blumstein, a professor and a criminologist at the Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University, because it came “at a time when everyone anticipated [...]

Animals On Trial?

Imagine trying to prosecute someone who could only respond with oinks and grunts. Believe it or not, trials of this type did happen many times in the middle ages and continue to take place in non-Westernized countries. Mental Floss has a great collection of these stories, including a pig who was executed in people clothes, [...]

Luxury Nursing Home in Portugal

Photo: Fernando Guerra, FG+SG Architectural Photography Where do hipsters go when they grow old? My bet would be this nursing home in Portugal. All kidding aside, it’s quite impressive: Up until this day, when we think of nursing homes we would never bring such an image like the one that follows to mind! Portuguese Aires Mateus Architects [...]

Cat Summoned for Jury Duty, Not Excused for Being a Cat

Boy, it’s hard to get a good jury these days. Everyone wants out of jury duty – so what’s a court to do? Why not call a cat to sit on a jury? Here’s what happened: Boston resident Sal Esposito has been called to jury duty, but there’s one thing standing in the way of his ability [...]

Cat Called for Jury Duty

Sal Esposito of East Boston has been summoned for jury duty. He just might be excused for being a cat, but so far he is expected to serve. Sal’s owners Guy and Anna Esposito think his name may have been pulled from census records, where he was listed as a pet. Anna filed for Sal’s disqualification [...]

Man Weds Virtual Girlfriend

Remember the digital pet game Tamagotchi? Well, Japan now has the next step in virtual relationship, a Nintedo DS video game called Love Plus where nerdy males can have their very own anime girlfriends. Lisa Katayama, Boing Boing’s contributing editor, reports that a man who calls himself “Sal9000″ has taken the next logical step: On Sunday, [...]