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The Missing Links: Amazing Attics

Get Those Boxes & Holiday Decorations & That George Bluth Out of Your Attic …And turn your top floor into something awesome. * Dennis Rodman Is Writing A Children’s Book Whether or not you read it to your kid could determine exactly how successful and well-adjusted they are for the rest of their lives. * Riding the NYC Subway Can [...]

The Missing Links: Awesome Attic Ideas

Get Those Boxes & Holiday Decorations & That George Bluth Out of Your Attic …And turn your top floor into something awesome. * Dennis Rodman Is Writing A Children’s Book Whether or not you read it to your kid could determine exactly how successful and well-adjusted they are for the rest of their lives. * Riding the NYC Subway Can [...]

Largest Plant Protein Interaction Map

Image: Joseph R. Ecker, Salk Institute of Biological Studies. Plant Photo: Joe Belcovson, Salk Institute for Biological studies. Network Map: Mary Galli, Salk Institute for Biological Studies and Matija Dreze, Center for Cancer Systems Biology at the Dana-Faber Cancer Institute.   Scientists have created the largest map of protein-to-protein interactions of the plant Arabidopsis thaliana: “For this project, [...]

The Chilling Tale of James Bedford, Cryonics Pioneer

Hundreds of people have been cryonically frozen since the idea became feasible in the 1960s. The most famous is baseball legend Ted Williams, but Larry King, Muhammad Ali, Simon Cowell and Gore Vidal have all said they’re interested in giving cryonics a shot when they pass on. The first man to go through the process, however, [...]

Imaginary Friends: 5 Really Successful People Who Never Really Existed

These five people didn’t let not being real stop them from making a name for themselves. 1. The Dream Student George P. Burdell was a man born of a simple mistake. In 1927, someone in the admissions office at Georgia Tech accidentally sent student Ed Smith two registration forms instead of one. Sensing an opportunity for mischief, [...]

Really Successful People Who Never Actually Existed

THE DREAM STUDENT A store in Georgia Tech’s student center is named for Burdell. (Image credit: Wikipedia user Disavian) George P. Burdell was a man born of a simple mistake. In 1927, someone in the admissions office at Georgia Tech accidentally sent student Ed Smith two registration forms instead of one. Sensing an opportunity for mischief, Smith filled [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Famous Authors Who Tried Scriptwriting

During the holiday season, I was doing some research for a story and discovered that the uber-sarcastic Dorothy Parker did some work on the script for the saccharine and sappy It’s a Wonderful Life (that’s not a slam, by the way, I love that movie). Apparently lots of famous writers have put in their time [...]

The Late Movies: Ali G

Before Borat, before Brüno, there was Ali G, a character created by Sacha Baron Cohen to satirize various political and social issues through interviews with public figures. According to Wikipedia: Ali G is a boorish, uneducated, streetwise youth with a deeply stereotypical view of the world, who either embarrasses his interviewee by displaying a mixture of [...]