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The Story of Judo

The following is an article from Uncle John’s Endlessly Engrossing Bathroom Reader. In the late 1870s, a short, skinny kid started taking jujitsu classes in Tokyo. Martial arts would never be the same. (Right down to their fancy, colored belts.) NINETY-POUND WEAKLING In 1878 Jigoro Kano, the 17-year-old son of a saki maker, moved from the island of [...]

10 Greatest Movies of All Time, as Picked by Geeks

Once a decade, Sight & Sound asks film critics to select a list of 10 greatest movies of all time. These wonks came up with a list of 10 films that I bet most of you haven’t seen before. [...]

A Brief History of Olympic Defectors

Getty Images For some athletes, the Olympics aren’t just a competition: they’re a chance to escape oppression. Earlier this week, seven of Cameroon’s athletes disappeared from London’s Olympic Village. The week before, three runners from Sudan’s Olympic training squad filed for asylum in Britain. Here’s a look at some other Olympic defections. 1948 Summer Olympics: London Marie Provaznikova, [...]

Kuratas Mech for Sale

(YouTube link) If you’ve dreamed of operating your own mech, here’s your chance! For a mere $1.3 million, the Kuratas mech from Suidobashi Heavy Industry can be yours: Called the Kuratas, the human-controlled robot was created by a group calling itself Suidobashi Heavy Industry lead by Kogoro Kurata, an ironworker and artist. Standing more than 12 feet [...]

Ten 2012 Olympians to Keep Your Eyes On

Thousands of athletes from all over the world are in London for the 2012 Olympics. Many of them are already stars, having trained their entire lives for this chance at gold. For some, getting there has been a struggle against poverty, politics, prejudice, and other disadvantages. Here are a few that you’ll want to know [...]

The Late Movies: “Paul’s Boutique” Turns 23

The Beastie Boys released their opus Paul’s Boutique today, July 25, way back in 1989. (To some of us that doesn’t seem so long ago.) It was their second record, and the band faced tremendous pressure to meet or exceed Licensed to Ill, known for anthemic party-rock/hip-hop hits like “(You Gotta) Fight for [...]

Neatorama Caption Contest: Snoozin’ Cat

W00t! It’s time for our weekly Neatorama Caption Contest. Today’s image comes via one of the neatest blogs on the Web, Cute Overload, who wrote: Jake T. fills in the backstory: “This is Mint-kun. He lives [...]

Rock, paper, scissors robot always wins

Scientists in Tokyo have invented a robot that can never lose at a game of rock, paper, scissors. Developed at the University of Tokyo’s Ishikawa Oku …

Restaurant Serves Meal on Table Suspended 50 Meters into the Air

Stefan Kerkhofs’s Dinner in the Sky experience lets you eat a gourmet meal served on a platform held aloft by a crane: Kerkhofs, who used to set up bungee-jumping and amusement part installations, partnered with marketing executive David Ghelys to develop Dinner in the Sky six years ago. The two now travel the world putting on [...]

The Late Movies: A Sushi’s-Eye View

Kaiten-zushi is better known in the US as “conveyer-belt sushi” or a “sushi train.” Sushi is placed on small plates, and the plates on a conveyer belt that runs around the restaurant. Patrons sit at a bar or in booths along the belt’s path, picking off plates as they go by. Plates [...]