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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 [...]

11 Monarchs Crowned While They Were in Diapers

Babies sure are cute. But do they make good world leaders? Here’s a peek at some of history’s youngest rulers and their reigns. 1. King Oyo (Toro Kingdom, Uganda) In 1995, Oyo became the youngest monarch in the world. He was three years old. When the coronation ceremony began, the toddler slid off the throne, ran [...]

Call Me Hope

(YouTube link) This catchy video was created by Joe Sabia and Bryce Yukio Adolphson and set to the music of Paul Simon. It is the second video of a campaign called “Stop the Pity. Unlock the Potential Campaign” from Mama Hope, a nonprofit organization working to improve the living conditions of people in Kenya, Tanzania, Ghana [...]

5 Tyrants Who Died Relatively Peaceful Deaths (and 5 Who Weren’t So Lucky)

According to Herodotus, when the Athenian lawgiver Solon visited Croesus, the fabulously wealthy king of Lydia, Croesus — showing off his riches and sumptuous palace — asked Solon who the happiest man in the world was, arrogantly assuming Solon’s answer would be the king himself. But the king was disappointed and angry when Solon named [...]

The Personal Items 6 Famous Dictators Left Behind

The recent Libyan uprising has resulted in many serious consequences for Muammar Qaddafi — including the revelation of the various tchotchkes found stashed away in his private compound. There’s a lesson to be had here – if you have some sort of keepsake(s) that you’d rather the rest of the world not know about, then [...]

Get Out! How 8 Dictators Spent Their Exile Years

As civil war rages in Libya, many observers are calling for Qaddafi to step down and go into exile. This wouldn’t be the first time an oppressive leader has stepped aside in exchange for a relatively comfortable retirement abroad. We’ve compiled this handy list of famous exiled emperors and dictators for reference. 1. Napoleon Bonaparte (Elba [...]

The Late Movies: Flat-Out Crazy Movies from Uganda

I don’t know if the next Hollywood — or even the next Bollywood — is in Uganda, but you’ve certainly got to give them points for trying. These movies have more heart, more weirdness, and more action packed into these short trailers than most Hollywood movies fit into two hours. I’m not sure what I [...]

Migingo – The Island That Could Spark a War

Have you ever heard of Migingo? Well, me neither but it seems that this tiny island is likely to start a war in the near future. It may not be oil that will cause this conflict (for once) but something else quite unexpected. Rask Balavoine has the low down. From the article An international stand-off has been [...]