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New Map of Earth’s Animals

Naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace, a contemporary of Charles Darwin, constructed a map of the world’s animals. Now that map has been updated, with new information gleaned over the past century about where the Earth’s animal species live. It includes data on 20,000 species of mammals, birds, and amphibians.   The global map data can be used [...]

I Have Your Heart

I have always loved stop-motion films ever since I watched Wallace & Gromit as a kid. If you feel the same way then you very well might like this new collaborative effort by Molly Crabapple, Kim Boekbinder, and Jim Batt titled I Have Your Heart. Along with having great names, the trio collectively are an [...]

Music History #5: “I Don’t Like Mondays”

“I Don’t Like Mondays” Written by Bob Geldof (1979) Originally sung by The Boomtown Rats The Music It may be the catchiest murder ballad of all time. Laced with baroque piano flourishes and a call-and-response style chorus, the song is an earworm that makes you feel a little guilty for singing along. After all, you are echoing [...]

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 [...]

What Happened to Starting Races With Real Pistols?

Getty Images When Usain Bolt, Wallace Spearmon and the rest of the field line up for today’s 200-meter race, they’ll kick off the race not at the fire of a pistol, but a noise triggered by an electronic gun. Did previous Games use actual pistols? Yes, but they’ve been scrapped for both safety and fairness. The guns [...]

Mutant Bikes of the 1940s

Photo: Wallace Kirkland/Time & Life Pictures Forget the hipster fixie bike and say hello to the mutant bicycles of the 1940s. LIFE magazine wrote: “By artfully applying welders’ torches to metal tubing, the [...]

Plastic Content of a Sea Turtle

Photo: Plastic debris found in the gastrointestinal content of a juvenile green turtle captured in Argentina / Victoria González Carman. Stomach contents of a juvenile sea turtle accidentally captured off the coast of Argentina reveals just how polluted our ocean is with plastic: About 0.25 percent of all plastic ends up in the ocean. That might not [...]

Wallace and Gromit on Christmas Stamps

Wallace and Gromit will feature on this year’s Royal Mail’s Christmas stamps. On sale from November 2, the stamps feature the nation’s favourite animated characters going about their festive duties with the 1st class stamp showing the pair posting their Christmas cards.Wallace and Gromit go carol singing on the 2nd class stamp and dress the [...]

World’s Smallest Stop Motion Film

(Video Link) Dot is the world’s smallest stop motion animated film. It was created by the makers of the Wallace & Gromit series, who used a 50x cell phone microscope. Animators at the UK studio Aardman used a 3D printer to make 50 different versions of Dot, because she is too small to manipulate or bend like [...]

The Quick 10: Fantasy Football Picks, Stacy-Style

So we’re drafting for mental_floss Fantasy Football tonight (physical_floss). I have no idea what I’m doing. I’m taking suggestions via Twitter and thoroughly researching each one. My husband is delighted that this might be the year I finally get into and understand football. However, if I were playing it the way I pick horses – whose [...]