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Literary Javascript

Twitter developer and book nerd Angus Croll wondered what famous authors would do with javascript. His gives examples from his imagination for four great writers: Ernest Hemingway, Andre Breton, Roberto Bolano, and William Shakespeare. Here’s how the Bard might write code: function theSeriesOfFIBONACCI(theSize) {   //a CALCKULATION in two acts.  //employ’ng the humourous logick of JAVA-SCRIPTE   //Dramatis [...]

10 Sports Heroes You Won’t Find On Wheaties Boxes

Shame on Wheaties for ignoring the heroes of elephant polo, sumo wrestling, and bullfighting! At our breakfast of champions, they’re always at the head of the table. 1. Sumo Wrestling: Akebono Taro (Image credit: Philbert Ono via Wikipedia) The only slim thing about sumo wrestling is the chance of becoming a yokozuna, or grand champion. Throughout the centuries, [...]

Reading Shakespeare Enhances Your Ability to Think

Do you ever feel mentally sharper after reading high literature? Philip Davis, an English professor at the University of Liverpool, does–particularly after reading works by William Shakespeare. The way that the Bard structured lines–what Davis calls the “functional shift”–seems to prime the mind. Davis wanted to know if this was a scientifically verifiable phenomenon. So [...]

The Missing Links: Turn Off the Lights & This Cat Will Glow

Still Unnerving Forty-Four Years Later The photographs in the LIFE gallery on the RFK assassination are startling because they were taken only minutes or seconds before – or after – the horrible tragedy took place. Make sure to check out the accompanying text below the photos for more information on them. * Nerd DIY: The Papercraft Enigma Code Machine That’s [...]

Shakespeare’s Bear

In the play Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare, we see a stage direction that has caused mouths to drop open since the 17th century: “Exit, pursued by bear.” Those who wrote about it mostly assumed he meant an actor in a bear costume. But Tom Levenson found an intriguing footnote in the book Verdi’s Shakespeare, [...]

Virtual Monkeys Recreate the Works of Shakespeare

The infinite monkey theorem proposes that a group of monkeys, or even a single one, could reproduce the collected works of William Shakespeare by hitting random keystrokes if given sufficient time. It is, however, hard to prove this theorem with an experiment that uses actual monkeys. So computer engineer Jesse Anderson created a simulation that [...]

Top 10 Books Lost to Time

A Latin professor once told me that the number of texts that have survived from antiquity to modern times may be likened to a single cup of sand from a beach. But it’s not just major works from classical Greece and Rome that are lost. Some books by modern authors, too, have not survived the [...]

Skull of Yorick

Skull of Yorick – $12.95 Have you been dieing to reenact your favorite scene from William Shakespeare’s Hamlet? You need the Skull of Yorick from the NeatoShop.  This resin skull will save you the trouble and legal ramifications of having a gravedigger exhume some other deceased court jester for you. Be sure to check out the NeatoShop [...]

Shakespeare Finds Inspiration

William Shakespeare has writer’s block! In this story, his little stick figure friends, Romeo and Juliet, try to help out, but inspiration only comes when they give up. Shakesperean Tragedy (a comedy) was the final student project by Anna Cohen at Emuna College in Jerusalem. Link

Author plans Shakespeare plastic surgery

Best-selling author Zhang Yiyi is to have plastic surgery in order to look like William Shakespeare. It will take 10 facelifts and $153,000 to undergo…