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11 Things You May Not Know About John Lennon

Getty Images John Lennon was the leader and founding member of The Beatles. Let’s take a look at a few facts you might not have known about him. 1. He was a choir boy and a Boy Scout. Yes, John Lennon, the great rock ‘n’ roll rebel and iconoclast, was once a choir boy and a Boy Scout. John [...]

The Rise of the Fork

Hands have always been used to eat with. As food became hotter and sloppier, knives were developed from larger cutting blades, and spoons are simple scoops. But forks weren’t used in ancient eating. And when some started using them, they were considered somewhat pretentious. In the 11th century, forks were in use in the Byzantine Empire. [...]

The Pope’s Rifles

Although it might seem odd to see the crossed keys of St. Peter on a gun (well, maybe not), the Popes commanded armies, off and on, until the collapse of the Papal States in 1870. This model, popularly known as the Pontifico, was a variant of the M1867 Remington. Link -via View from the Porch | [...]

The Coming and Going of Cello Scrotum

A look at a transitory medical concept by Alice Shirrell Kaswell, Improbable Research staff The years 1974–2009 saw the inspiration, birth, and death of a medical ailment that puzzled some physicians, inspired others, and perhaps made no impact upon most. Its history played out in the pages of several medical journals. Here are [...]

Today Would Have Been Freddie Mercury’s 65th Birthday

Farrokh Bulsara was born on this date in 1946. In honor of the Queen frontman, here’s a list of 10 things you might not know about him that Stacy originally wrote in 2008. 1. He designed the Queen emblem (AKA the Queen Crest) himself, thanks to a degree in art and graphic design from Ealing Art [...]

What Pope John Paul II Did with the Bullet that Nearly Killed Him

It was a little over 30 years ago (May 13, 1981) that Pope John Paul II survived an assassination attempt that came dangerously close to claiming his life. He was struck with four bullets: two in the lower intestine, one in his left hand and one in his left arm. The wounds were so bad [...]

Pope declares God was behind the Big Bang

The idea that the universe came in to being by accident should be rejected, the Pope has stated. Speaking to a crowd of 10,000 at St Peter’s Basilica …

7 Mind-Blowing Easter Eggs Hidden in Famous Works of Art

This article highlights seven interesting things you can see if you look closely at masterpieces. It includes paintings with a baby flipping off the pope, UFO’s in the sky, and the shape of a brain that surrounds God as painted on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. While some might dismiss this as a coincidence, experts [...]

The Quick 10: 10 of America’s Most Haunted Cemeteries

I live just across the street from a cemetery, and this time of year it’s certainly not hard to creep myself out a little bit when walking the dogs after work – especially in the evening when the sun is sinking below the horizon, giving everything an eerie glow. But despite scaring myself, I can’t [...]

Reconstructing Cities from Thousands of Flickr Images

(YouTube Link) The above video is a reconstruction of the Croatian city of Dubrovnik. Rebecca Boyle writes in Popular Science that computer scientists at the University of Washington’s Graphics and Imaging Laboratory have been using Microsoft’s program Photosynth to compile Flickr images of major landmarks in order to create 3-D digital models: “The key difference is that [...]