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Miniature Garden in a Pot

The staff at Natureworks, a gardening supply store in Northford, Connecticut, made a tiny garden in a broken flower pot. It’s perfect for mice to relax in on a warm day. Link -via Recyclart

A Wacky Bunch Hard At Work In The Kitchen During Mardi Gras

Would you still eat at a restaurant that had a kitchen staff like the madcap bunch in this picture? Well, if you were looking for a bite to eat during Mardi Gras in Munich, Germany around 1933 you might not have had much of a choice in the matter! Looking for more enjoyable pictures of people playing [...]

World War I Centennial: Russia Promises to Attack Germany

The First World War was an unprecedented catastrophe that killed millions and set the continent of Europe on the path to further calamity two decades later. But it didn’t come out of nowhere. With the centennial of the outbreak of hostilities coming up in 2014, Erik Sass will be looking back at the lead-up to [...]

The Insane Experiment

The following is an article from Uncle John’s Giant 10th Anniversary Bathroom Reader. BRI member Ben Brand sent us this information about a couple of experiments conducted by a Stanford professor a few years ago. The results are a little scary -but frankly, they’re not that surprising, are they? EXPERIMENT #1 Researchers: Dr. David Rosenhan, a professor psychology [...]

Landlord’s ghost haunts pub

Staff at the Trocadero bar in Birmingham have been spooked by the ghost of a murdered landlord. Henry Skinner, who was killed 116 years ago, is though…

Enormous Chart Shows How Magic Works in Dozens of Different Fantasy Series

Charlie Jane Anders and the staff of io9 assembled a staggeringly huge chart showing the rules and principles of magic in about fifty different fantasy series, both in print and on screen. You can see the entire assembly at the link. Be prepared to lose a couple hours of your day. Link -via The Mary Sue

Hand Signals Used by Waiters

The staff of the Stork Club, an elegant New York City nightclub that was in business between 1929 and 1965, operated like a well-oiled machine. The owner, Sherman Billingsley, even used hand signals to silently orchestrate their activities. Life magazine did a shoot in 1944 illustrating these motions including my favorite, “Call me to the [...]

Zoo workers repair tarantula with "superglue"

The veterinarian staff at the Oklahoma City Zoo repair a cut on a tarantula by using “superglue”. After figuring out that an exposed blob on the taran…

Neatorama Annual Meeting and Staff Party

YouTube link. This past weekend the authors and administrative staff of Neatorama gathered for the organization’s annual get-together. After a brief business meeting, during which a proposed takeover by AOL was roundly voted down, participants adjourned to a “bonding” activity. For the third year in a row, Alex’s staff (in the white T-shirts*), successfully defended [...]

Cat Rescued From Soup Can

A stray 4-month-old kitten in Louisville, Kentucky, helped himself to the remnants of a discarded can of soup and got his head wedged tight inside the can. The kitten was brought in by MAS animal control officer Raymond Thomas on Monday, and was immediately taken to the veterinary staff, Gulbe said. An initial attempt was made by [...]