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Star Wars Superfun Update

“QUANTUM SHOT” #773 Link – article by Avi Abrams Star Wars as You’ve Never Seen Them Before – in Geek Art and Fan Creativity! Just finished watching the original trilogy in Blu-ray edition (highly recommended, by the way) – and was pleasantly reminded that we need to update our long-running popular [...]

10 Things We’re Supposed to Remember

Rob Wilson / Shutterstock.com 1. …the Alamo A quick refresher on the basics of the Battle of the Alamo: fought from February 23-March 6, 1836, between Mexico and the Republic of Texas as a part of the Texas Revolution of 1835-1836. The first 12 days were a siege by Mexican General Santa Anna and his troops [...]

Mario Kart Made Real

Now that’s 3D! For the upcoming Mario Kart 7 video game, Nintendo teamed up with West Coast Customs to create a real-life, drivable karts: Two life-sized replicas of the Mario Kart cars driven by Nintendo icons Mario and Luigi, working [...]

Viking chief’s burial ship found in Scotland

An ancient 1000-year-old Viking chieftan’s burial ship has been found on a Scottish peninsula. Situated on the remote West Coast of Scotland, Ardnamur…

Paper Airplane Producers: Morning Types vs. Evening Types

The following article is reprinted from The Annals of Improbable Research. by David L. Dickinson, Dept. of Economics, Appalachian State University, and Todd McElroy, Dept. of Psychology, Appalachian State University People differ in their diurnal (time of day) preferences: some are morning-types and others are evening-types. These differences are explored in a unique experiment design in which [...]

Strange Geographies: Abandoned Belgium, Part I

I recently spent eight days traveling around the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg, though explaining why I went is a bit complicated. The short version is that I was there on business: to film the interiors of abandoned houses. The somewhat longer explanation is that I have a novel coming out in June, and my publisher [...]

Mario, Harry Potter, and Star Wars Music Played in Ragtime Style

(Video Link) Martin Spitznagel performed this ragtime medley of music from Super Mario Bros., Harry Potter movies, and Star Wars. Andrew Barrett and Tom Warner accompanied him on washboards. This performance took place at the West Coast Ragtime Festival in Sacramento in 2008. via reddit | Spitznagel’s Website

Carnivorous Plants: Hungry & Gorgeous

“QUANTUM SHOT” #654Link – article by M. Christian and A. Abrams Passive-Aggressive, Green and Very Hungry! You have to admit, it does make a kind of twisted sense: After all, we’ve been feasting on their fibrous, nutrition-packed stems, leaves, tubers, and fruits since we began to actually eat the salad that came with our steaks so, naturally, [...]

7 Painful NFL Team Music Videos

In the quaint times before they had Twitter and YouTube at their disposal, NFL teams could only express themselves in one way: through terrible, terrible songs. For a stretch between 1985 and the early 1990s, group songs featuring football teams were at least as popular as the West Coast offense, and each tune had its [...]

Diebtribes: The Pineapple Express

• Though often considered (or assumed) a Hawaiian food, the pineapple originally hails from Brazil. By 1493, even Columbus had seen this spiky and sweet wonder, and took it back with him to Europe. Pineapples in Hawaii were like transplanted from Jamaica by the British in 1886 where they have since, of course, flourished. • Pineapples may take [...]