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Permission to Sin: Why The 7 Deadlies Aren’t So Terrible After All

Scientists have found that the seven deadly sins aren’t all bad. Consider this your official permission to give in to temptation. 1. SLOTH Quit beating yourself up about your unused gym membership: It’s only 10 percent your fault! Turns out, laziness is largely genetic. In 2004, Timothy Lightfoot, currently a kinesiologist at Texas A&M University, began publishing [...]

15 Wonderfully Geeky Sand Sculptures

The Fourth of July is a great day to head to the beach, even if it is a bit overcrowded. For those of us who can’t hit the surf, here’s the next best thing: geeky sand sculptures! Alien vs. Bender would certainly be way more awesome than Alien vs. Predator was. This delightful creation by artist [...]

Awesome Robot Night Lights

These charming robot night lights were created by artist and craftsman Tal Avitzur from Santa Barbara, California. Tal uses unwanted junk to construct each piece, which gives them their distinctive junkbot flair. They have a warm retro style, and each character has a lot of personality, so they’re sure to drive robot collectors wild! Hit the [...]

11 Celebrities Posing with mental_floss

Dateline: Novi, Michigan – Motor City Comic Con 2012. Your intrepid reporter and her ever-patient husband/photographer brave the hordes of Darth Vaders, Dudley Do-Rights, and Daryl Dixons to bring you 11 celebrities posing with mental_floss: 1. Sean Patrick Flanery With a name like Sean Patrick Flanery, one would presume that that Irish brogue used by The Boondock Saints’ [...]

Beyond Spectacular: Super Climb!

Link Scroll down for today’s pictures & links. Beyond Spectacular: Super Climb! This is Ueli Steck’s record speed solo climb of the the Eiger’s radical North Face (from the film “Swiss Machine”, created by Sender Films). He did it in just… 2 hours, 47 minutes and 33 seconds: Link Today’s pictures & links: Sprawling Monster This is Ferrari World: the newest Abu [...]

The Early Movies: Songs Prince Wrote But Others Made Famous

The Late Movies: Songs Prince Wrote But Others Made Famous (Note: due to technical problems last night, this post was delayed. This morning, I’ve got some Prince for U!) Prince has written dozens of hits over his decades in the music business — and many of his hits have been popularized by others. In many cases, Prince [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Celebrity Zoo Residents

With the recent popularity of the Bronx Zoo Cobra, I thought it was a good time to check out some other zoo animals that received celebrity status during their heydays. I don’t know if any of their Twitter feeds could have competed with the Cobra’s nearly quarter of a million followers, though! 1. Knut the polar [...]

Swaying Skyscrapers

LinkScroll down for today’s pictures & links. Swaying Skyscrapers “Skyscrapers were swaying like the masts of yachts”, said witnesses in Tokyo during the powerful 9.0 earthquake that struck Japan this morning. Due to the tough building standards, and build-in mass dampers these skyscrapers were all standing at the end of the day – a fact that saved [...]

Santa Barbara Turns the Bench on Panhandling Problem

Like any city in the United States, Santa Barbara, California, is coping with a burgeoning panhandling problem. But what’s unusual is the city’s way to turn the table on this vexing problem: Cities have tried many ways to move panhandlers and vagrants out of prime shopping districts, but Santa Barbara believes it has a new angle [...]

World’s First Quantum Machine

The tiny sliver of metal above, measuring as long as the human hair is wide, may be barely visible to the naked eye, but its implication to science is so staggering that it is hailed as the greatest scientific breakthrough of 2010. Behold, the world’s first quantum machine: It’s not much to look at. In fact, you [...]