World’s Strangest

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Men’s Desks are the Dirtiest

Phones, doorknobs, and keyboards in the workplace are all covered in bacteria, but the dirtiest places of all are men’s desks. Scott Kelly and his team from the University of San Diego tested surfaces in 30 offices each in New York, San Francisco, and Tucson for both the amount and kinds of bacteria. Of particular interest, [...]

How Dirty Is Your Keyboard Exactly?

Photo: Shutterstock Say hello to the bacteria on your keyboard: all 500 types of them! In a new study, researchers took swabs of a variety of office equipment in New York, San Francisco, and Tucson. They found more [...]

World’s Largest Paper Airplane

What? Why wasn’t I informed that the Pima Air & Space Museum in Tucson, Arizona, created a giant 45-foot paper airplane … and flew it! [YouTube Clip] The giant paper airplane, named "Arturo’s Desert Eagle," was [...]

The Late Movies: Jonathan Coulton’s “Artificial Heart”

Jonathan Coulton is an internet treasure: he makes heartfelt, fun, and often funny music — most of which is available in some legitimately free form online. And he’s a geek like us (he worked in technology for years before quitting to pursue his Modest Rockstar dreams). His latest is Artificial Heart (also [...]

NASA Spacecraft Data Suggest Water Flowing on Mars

<p><img class=”alignleft size-thumbnail wp-image-50769″ title=”marsrivers” src=”×112.jpg” alt=”" width=”150″ height=”112″/>NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is sending back data that may indicate that the red planet has some flowing water during part of the Martian year. The streams are small, short-lived, and must be salty -if it is what they think it is.</p> <blockquote><p>Dark, finger-like features appear and extend [...]

10 Other People Who’ve Been Pied

Image credit: @DanJHayes News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch took a shaving cream pie to the face today during his hearing before a committee of the British Parliament on the phone-hacking scandal. Good thing we had this list handy. 1. Singer and activist Anita Bryant was hit in the face with a pie in 1977, in Des Moines. [...]

ATB: All Terrain Bunny

One day, the O’Rourke family of Tucson, Arizona, found a couple of abandoned bunnies in their backyard. Joe, one of the bunnies turns out to be a paraplegic, so young Liam O’Rourke designed this clever little device: the ATB (All Terrain Bunny). Check it out: There was a reason the mother rabbit abandoned them. Paul O’Rourke realized [...]

Happy Birthday, Don Pardo!

If you’re a fan of Saturday Night Live then you’re already familiar with the work of Don Pardo, whose iconic voice has been belting out the names of cast members since the show premiered in 1975. But to celebrate his 93rd birthday (today), here are a few things you might not know about him. 1. He’s [...]

Smugglers Catapult Pot Over Border

Marijuana smugglers apparently have a problem with the US border fence near Tucson, Arizona -and those pesky border patrols. So they’ve turned to ancient technology to deliver the goods -a catapult! On Friday evening, National Guard troops operating a remote video surveillance system at the Naco Border Patrol Station observed several people south of the International [...]

Solar Decathlon

The Solar Decathlon is an architectural and design competition involving twenty teams from colleges and universities across America. The aim of the contest from the US Department of Energy is to design a sustainable home that uses solar energy. And build it better than anyone else! The judging will continue through October 16th, and the [...]