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TNG Season 8: The Best Twitter Feed for Star Trek Nerds

If you’re a Trek fan, there’s an embarrassment of riches for you on Twitter — you can follow cast members including Wil Wheaton, LeVar Burton, Brent Spiner, heck — even Shatner and Nimoy are tweeting! But while their feeds are great, they’re not the best. The best Twitter feed for Trek fans (especially [...]

LEGO USS Reliant From Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

The redoubtable Miranda-class cruisers were in Starfleet service for a century and saw action from the Battle of the Mutara Nebula to the Battle of Cardassia. For us Trekkies, the most famous was the Reliant, which was hijacked by Khan Noonien Singh in the second Star Trek movie. Christer Nyberg made this LEGO model of [...]

Stalin’s Daughter, Who Was Living in Wisconsin, Has Died

Earlier this year, Rob Lammle discussed the life of Stalin’s daughter Svetlana in a piece on famous defectors. The New York Times is reporting that she passed away last week in Wisconsin. Here’s an excerpt from Rob’s story. Svetlana Alliluyeva was born in 1926 to Nadezhda Alliluyeva and Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin. She was the [...]

Last Master of Martial Art Seeks Apprentice

Why don’t you apply? You’re not getting paid for that office clerk internship anyway. Nidar Singh of Wolverhampton, UK, may be the last living master of the Sikh martial art shastar vidya, which means the “science of weapons”. He himself was taught by an octogenarian in Punjab who thought that he was the last serious practitioner. [...]

Hitler’s Nephew, Stalin’s Daughter and Other Famous Defectors

Here are four defectors whose stories you won’t soon forget. 1. Hitler’s Nephew © Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS William Patrick Hitler was born in England to a German father, Alois Hitler, and an Irish mother, Bridget Dowling. When William was still a boy, his father moved back to Germany, but his mother refused to go, raising her son alone [...]

William Shanter Leads 3,000 People in a Great "KHAN!"

(Video Link) In a famous scene in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Admiral Kirk screamed “Khan!” in rage and despair against his enemy, Khan Noonien Singh. This has become one of the great battlecries of Trekkies everywhere. So, appropriately, William Shatner led 3,000 fans in this call at Comic-Con. Behold its majesty, and tremble. -via [...]

37 Year Without a Bath

A farmer in India, Guru Kailash Singh, has neither bathed nor cut his hair since just after his wedding day -37 years ago! His wife says the family has tried to force a bath on him several times, but he manages to run away each time. It wasn’t because he no longer needed to attract the [...]

A Bank That Lends Goats

In Korawan, a remote area of India, there’s a bank that allows people to deposit goats as savings, or borrow goats on credit. Local coordinator Subedar Singh explained how it works: “Wives of these people help them in crushing stones and breed two-three goats for additional income,” Singh said. “Though the area is best suited for goat [...]