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Smart People Drink More Booze

Drink a lot of alcohol? That’s because you’re smart! Here’s a study showing that smart children in the UK and the United States grow up to drink more alcohol than their dumber counterparts: … more [...]

Up, Up and Away: Building an Airship House

“QUANTUM SHOT” #794 Link – article by Avi Abrams H. G. Wells and Jules Verne Would Approve Luke William Grove (originally from Brighton, United Kingdom) is currently building a floating “airship” house in Perpignan, France. This is not a humble abode, tied to Mother Earth with no hope of ever [...]

15 Offbeat Holidays You Can Celebrate in July

Let’s hear it for the old red, white, and blue! In addition to another solid year of independence, July offers a bounty of unusual reasons to celebrate. July 1: National Creative Ice Cream Flavor Day In 1984, Ronald Reagan deemed July “National Ice Cream Month,” and the third Sunday of this month “National Ice Cream Day.” As [...]

The 2012 Olympic Torch Relay

Less than a month to go before the opening of the London Olympics, and we are halfway through the 70-day Olympic Torch Relay that takes the Olympic Flame through all four countries of the United Kingdom. The route covers 8,000 miles and involves 8,000 relay runners. Photograph of the Olympic torch passing through Dunfermline, Scotland, by [...]

Was There Really an Earl Grey?

As a matter of fact, there have been several. This particular Earldom was created in 1806 for General Charles Grey, who was the 1st Baron Grey. After Charles died, the title was passed on to his son Charles, making him the 2nd Earl Grey. The title has passed from father to son over the years [...]

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 [...]

Chips, Crisps, Croustilles: A Global Tour of Unusual Potato Chip Flavors

There’s a whole world of chip flavors out there that most of us have never even imagined. Here are some of the most interesting. Australia: Some of the most popular flavors of late sound quite tasty, or at least intriguing, including lime and pepper, sweet chili sauce & sour cream, honey soy chicken, kangaroo, emu and Caesar [...]

Macho Guys Can Be Surprisingly Cooperative

Macho guys are usually portrayed as go-it-alone heroes in the movies, but Hollywood may have gotten it wrong. New study suggests that men with macho faces may actually be surprisingly cooperative, if needed by [...]

On Music: Beatlemania Week – No. 7

We’ve come to the end of our week-long mini-series featuring songs by The Beatles. If you’re interested in reading other episodes, they all can be found right down here. If you have ideas about things you’d like to see us cover in a future, week-long mini-series, drop a suggestion in the comments below. “All You Need [...]

Proven by Science: Man’s Touch Gets Women Hot and Bothered

Photo: Shutterstock Science shown that being touched by a man gets the ladies "hot and bothered." Well, well, well. Why am I not surprised? "Women showed a temperature increase when they were involved [...]