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The Search for a Hot Craps Table

(Image credit: Flickr user Simon Huggins) The Effects of Temperature on the Outcome of Fair Dice by Jason Zweiback, Photonics Division, General Atomics, San Diego , California and Ken Wharton, Department of Physics, San Jose State University, San Jose, California We here report the first direct scientific test of the concept of a hot craps table. Craps is a game [...]

26 Life-Size Versions of Popular Board Games

Everyone’s favorite board games get a whole lot more fun when they’re super-sized. We’ve gathered up a collection of our favorite jumbo variations on classic board games—if you think we’ve missed a good one, let us know in the comments! Candy Land I was surprised there weren’t more life-size versions of the candy-themed game, but the quality [...]

What Class Have You Found Most Useful in Your Adult Life?

On Fridays, I post a series of unrelated questions meant to spark conversation in the comments. Answer one, answer all, respond to someone else’s reply, whatever you want. On to this week’s topics of discussion… 1. Today’s first question comes from longtime reader and commenter Ken. What high school or college class have you found most [...]

What Was the Nerdiest Moment of Your Life?

On Fridays, I post a series of unrelated questions meant to spark conversation in the comments. Answer one, answer all, respond to someone else’s reply, whatever you want. On to this week’s topics of discussion… 1. Today’s first question comes from longtime reader and commenter Ken. What high school or college class have you found most [...]

The Quick 8: Eight Tweets that Ended in Pink Slips

Newsflash: Tweeting stupid things can cost you your job. You probably already knew that, but these eight people didn’t – they spewed forth 140 inappropriate characters or less, and ultimately got fired for it. 1. Just in case you haven’t heard the news the past couple of days, Gilbert Gottfried made some insensitive jokes about the [...]

13 Weird and Wonderful Gingerbread Houses

Traditional alpine chalets, woodland cottages, and Victorian mansions made of gingerbread are impressive, to say the least. I know from experience that they are not easy to make. Yet some folks go the extra mile to make their gingerbread constructions stand out from the crowd by building them bigger, adding clever details, or redesigning them [...]

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Nolan Bushnell

His name may not ring any bells, but if you were born after 1970, chances are Nolan Bushnell had a hand in shaping your childhood. Let’s take a look at five things you might not know about this inventive businessman. © Roger Ressmeyer/CORBIS (1985) 1. He Invented Pong Yep, Bushnell’s the man behind the video game revolution. He [...]

T-Shirt Gatling Gun

The robot-building team at Bellarmine College Prepatory School in San Jose, California built a t-shirt cannon that can fire 200 t-shirts before reloading. It can spit them out as fast as three shirts per second. Link via Make | Photo: Team 254 Prevously: The T-Shirt Cannon

Joey Chestnut becomes burrito eating crown

Competitive eater Joey Chestnut is now king of the burrito.Chestnut, also known as “Jaws,” downed 47 burritos in 10 minutes at the New Mexico State Fair in Albuquerque on Saturday, beating the previous record of 33 1/2.Known for his hot-dog eating, Chestnut won the annual July Fourth hot dog eating contest at New York’s Coney [...]

The Kingdom of Boomeria

The Kingdom of Boomeria is a magical place of just one hectare hidden in the forest in Bonny Doon, California. Students who graduate from San Lorenzo Valley High School go out into the world and tell tales of their adventure in the Kingdom of Boomeria and find that no one believes them. After all, how [...]