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Top Chef Season 10 Kick Off

There is a time, every few months, that is filled with magic. A time of incredible excitement, of jolly, and of mesmerizing personality. My friends, Top Chef is back! Season 10 starts off with just as much promise as any past season. The judges are back (even young Uni-Monster Hugh Acheson), the location is set [...]

New Fanged Dwarf Dinosaur Found

This dinosaur looks like some taxidermist is trying to pull a fast one, but it’s a model of what scientists think Pegomastax africanus may have looked like. And it’s tiny -only about two feet long. You’d hate to get nipped with those teeth! Covered in porcupine-like quills and sporting a blunt, parrot-like beak, P. africanus would’ve [...]

How Bill Nye Became The Science Guy

You know Bill Nye -he’s the Science Guy! But he wasn’t always. It was a series of what might appear to be happy coincidences that landed him in the position of pop culture science teacher. But happy coincidences are often just the result of someone who leaps at the right opportunities. Fast Company has an [...]

Old Man Crippled by Polio Spends His Life Building a Helicopter

(Video Link)  Agustín lives in Siguatepeque, Honduras. As a child, polio broke his body and left him nearly immobile. But Agustín had a dream: he would build a helicopter. All he has is junk from local trash heaps, but since 1958, he’s worked on this project. People don’t understand Agustín. He explains, “The problem is that everything is [...]

How 11 Classic TV Stars Got Their Big Breaks

You never know which little role is going to lead to the first big one. Here are the defining moments that helped 11 stars of classic TV shows to land their first major breaks: 1. Mary Tyler Moore Mary Tyler Moore had fired the imagination of many TV-viewing young men in the late 1950s when she had [...]

Write Your Own Final Exam

Tyler Cowen is a professor of economics at George Mason University and general Renaissance man (seriously, read his blog–he’s interested in everything). Alex Tabarrok, also a professor at GMU, shares this fascinating story: Tyler [Cowen] once walked into class the day of the final exam and he said. “Here is the exam. Write your own questions. Write [...]

10 Scandalous VP Stories Worth a Warm Bucket of Spit

Getty Images This morning Mitt Romney tapped Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate. John Nance Garner, FDR’s first vice president, either said the VP position wasn’t worth “a warm pitcher of piss” or “a warm bucket of spit.” Whatever body fluid and receptacle he really used, you get the idea. But that doesn’t mean [...]

Vinyl Record Star Wars AT-AT Clock

Tyler Garcia found a vinyl record of Gustav Holst’s “The Planets” and, like Michelangelo and the stone, saw an AT-AT inside. Also, a clock. Each one of his handcrafted vinyl cuttings, most of which do not have Star Wars themes, is made to order. Link -via Technabob

Real Life Frogger

(Video Link) If you’re a hardcore Frogger fan, you’ll run into busy streets and try to dodge cars. Hence the proverb, “There are old Frogger fans and bold Frogger fans, but no old, bold Frogger fans.” So Tyler DeAngelo, Ranjit Bhatnagar and Renee Lee made this alternative. 5th Avenue Frogger tracks traffic across one point of 5th [...]

School Bans Hugging

Want to hug your friends? Kiss that idea good bye at the Matawan-Aberdeen Middle School in New Jersey. The principal there has just banned hugging: The district says Matawan-Aberdeen Middle School Principal Tyler [...]