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Policeman photographs ‘transparent being’

A UFO group in Taiwan is attempting to authenticate an image taken at a hiking site by a policeman. The image shows a strange figure with a mostly see…

Ig® Nobel Limericks: World’s End, Sheep-Dragging, Robber Trap

Ig Nobel Achievements distilled into limerick formby Martin Eiger, Improbable Research Limerick Laureate The Ig Nobel Prizes honor achievements that first make people laugh, then make them think. For details of all the Ig Nobel Prize–winning achievements, see each year’s special Ig Nobel issue of the magazine, and also see the website. 2011 Ig Nobel Mathematics Prize The [...]

Fresh Air in a Can

When authorities don’t seem to be taking air pollution seriously, China’s billionaire Chen Guangbiao tried to raise awareness in a very unusual way: he’s selling canned of fresh air collected from remote regions of [...]

7 Political Disagreements Settled With Fists and Hair-Pulling

Getty Images Anyone with even a fleeting relationship to political news these days has probably noticed that partisan bickering in the U.S. Congress has reached a bit of a crescendo of late. So we got to thinking: When do politicians just give up on the vitriolic rhetoric and throw a punch? The answer: more often than you’d [...]

11 Wars That Lasted Way Longer Than They Should Have

Thanks to lost paperwork, diplomatic technicalities, or just plain forgetting they had declared war in the first place, many countries remained in a state of war long after the actual fighting had stopped. 1. Roman Republic vs. Carthaginian Republic – 2,134 years Cato the Elder before the Roman Senate. © Stefano Bianchetti/Corbis After two Punic wars Rome decided [...]

11 Amazing Sharks You Should Get to Know Better

by David Shiffman David Shiffman is a Ph.D. student at the University of Miami’s Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy, where his research focuses on shark behavior, ecology, and conservation. Make him feel welcome! Quick—think of a shark! What did it look like? Most people are only familiar with the sharks that make the news for [...]

19 Amazing Facts About Stuff We Saw at Toys R Us

Over on Instagram, we’ve been taking pictures of things and offering up slightly amusing facts about them. So far we’ve toured a grocery store and public library. Next up: Toys R Us! For our latest field trip, I dragged along my three-year-old daughter Charlotte. She was paid in coloring books and a Bubble Guppies DVD. This [...]

Restaurant Simulates Luxury Jetliner

(Video Link) This popular restaurant in Taipei, Taiwan is designed to resemble the first class cabin of an Airbus A380. The seats look like those you’d find on a jetliner and the waitresses are dressed like stewardesses. It’s a fascinating story, but the report leaves a few questions unasked and unanswered: Does it include a full [...]

Hello Kitty Airport Gate

Douglas Adams noted: It can hardly be a coincidence that no language on Earth has ever produced the phrase, ‘as pretty as an airport.’ Airports are ugly. Some are very ugly. Some attain a degree of ugliness that can only be the result of a special effort. The effort put into this gate at Taiwan’s largest airport [...]

Countries With No Natural Resources Are The Luckiest Countries

Should a country be considered lucky if it sits on top of vast oil reserves? Or have caves studded with gems or mountains of gold? Perhaps not. Columnist Thomas L. Friedman of The New York Times wrote an interesting [...]