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Where Are These 12 Boy Bands Now?

Groups like One Direction, The Wanted, and Big Time Rush are keeping the legacy of boy bands alive, but lest we forget the previous generation of singing boys who captured our hearts. Here’s a look at what the boy bands of yesteryear are up to these days. (In keeping with this spirit, this piece was [...]

The Japanese Invasion of Alaska

The Japanese military invaded American soil in 1942 when a force of 500 men overtook the Aleutian Islands of Attu and Kiska in Alaska. They captured a Navy weather crew stationed there and occupied the islands, which are the westernmost parts of the USA. It is now known as The Forgotten Battle but the invasion caused [...]

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 [...]

Saturday Night Live Skit: iPhone 5

Got a complaint about the new iPhone 5? Perhaps you’re upset about Apple Maps? Or the purple flare? Well, three fictional tech bloggers got their chance to air their complaints in this Saturday Night [...]

Alternate Histories: 7 More Ways the World Could Be Completely Different

We covered some of the many alternate histories out there. Here are seven more intriguing ways the world could be completely different. 1. What if the Romans won the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest? Effect: No one would speak English. Explanation: In What If? (1999), edited by Robert Cowley, historians pondered what would happen if historical events had [...]

Mars Curiosity Rover’s Gears – Made in the USA

In this video, we learn about the Forest City Gear factory in Rockford, Illinois where all the gears and other moving parts for the Curiosity rover were made. “Anything that moves on the rover, any of the actuators, any of the gears — we cut all the gears that did that,” says Jeff Hallberg. [...]

Black Anatomical Heart Pencil Holder

Black Anatomical Heart Pencil Holder – $19.95 (sold individually) Are you looking for a wickedly fun place to store your favorite pencils, pens, and paintbrushes? You need the Black Heart Pencil Holder from the NeatoShop. This beautiful vessel is handcrafted in the USA. The container can also be used as a bud vase.  Be sure to check [...]

Who’s The Teacher? Tony Danza Spent a Year Teaching High School to Find What’s Wrong With Our Schools

Photo: Barbara Johnston/Thinkfactory Media A lot of people think they’ve got the solution to America’s dismal education system without ever teaching a day in their lives, but not Tony Danza. The Hollywood actor spent [...]

Air Guitar World Championships

Now that we’re done with the Olympic Games, we can finally focus on the important thing: the 2012 Air Guitar World Championships in Oulu, Finland. American (USA! USA!) Justin "Nordic Thunder" Howard won gold, [...]

Pirate’s Grog Barrel Water Bottle

Pirate’s Grog Barrel Water Bottle – $39.95 (sold individually) Being a pirate is thirsty work. Make sure you stay properly hydrated with the Pirate’s Grog Barrel Water Bottle from the NeatoShop. This fantastic water bottle is perfect for taking on wonderful adventures in search of buried treasure.  The Pirate’s Grog Barrel Water Bottle is proudly handcrafted by [...]