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The Late Movies: Fictional Bands

Do you have a song that just pops in your head sometimes? Even if you haven’t heard it for weeks or months? A few weeks ago, “That Thing You Do,” the theme from the movie of the same name weaseled its way into my brain and my toes have been tapping ever since. When I [...]

The Iron Spike of Bacteriophages

Scientists have discovered how bacteriophages – viruses that infect bacteria – manage to pierce the bacterial membrane: with an iron spike. When they crystallized this smaller protein fragment, the x-rays were finally able [...]

Strong’s Spiked Mace

Strong’s Spike Mace – $15.95 Do you feel it is your right, nay duty, to introduce your nieces and nephews to the world of medieval weaponry? Why not start them off early with Strong’s Spike Mace from the NeatoShop. This soft spiked plush mace makes adorable rattling and clattering sounds as you swing it around. Also [...]

Fainting Goat Kittens

Charlie and Spike are two very cute kittens that are normal in all respect, except when they hear a sudden noise: at the slightest sound, the kittens respond by collapsing and falling into a rigid paralysis which lasts about a minute before they return to normal. This condition has hardly ever before been diagnosed in a [...]

Smile or Suffer the Consequences While Wearing the Happiness Hat

(YouTube Link) Lauren McCarthy created the Happiness Hat – a gadget that detects whether or not you’re smiling. If you’re not, it drives a small metal spike into the back of your head to encourage to you resolve that problem quickly: An enclosed bend sensor attaches to the cheek and measures smile size, a servo motor moves [...]

Bizarre Spike Jonze Short

Last February, director Spike Jonez (Where the Wild Things Are) agreed to shoot a video for Kanye West’s song, “See You in My Nightmares,” which was then expanded into a creative, short film – shot at a nightclub over two days. The end result is an uneasy glimpse of Mr. West at his worst, premonitions of [...]