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The Story of Judo

The following is an article from Uncle John’s Endlessly Engrossing Bathroom Reader. In the late 1870s, a short, skinny kid started taking jujitsu classes in Tokyo. Martial arts would never be the same. (Right down to their fancy, colored belts.) NINETY-POUND WEAKLING In 1878 Jigoro Kano, the 17-year-old son of a saki maker, moved from the island of [...]

Willow Glass: Bendable Ultra-Thin Glass

Corning, the maker of the super-strong Gorilla Glass, has another invention: a new type of flexible ultra-thin glass that may one day be used in your smartphone. Dubbed Willow Glass, the product can be "wrapped" [...]

Cat Vanishes from Colorado, Appears Five Years Later in New York City

Willow, a calico cat belonging to the Squires family of Boulder, Colorado, disappeared five years ago. Because she was microchipped, animal control authorities were able to identify her when she was found on a street in Manhattan: How she got to New York, nearly 1,800 miles away, and the kind of life she lived in the [...]

Massive Box Office Draws Whose Names You Don’t Know

In Hollywood, big box office returns typically give an actor immense power. By that token, Frank Welker should have more sway than Will Smith, Nicholas Cage or Harrison Ford. After all, he’s outgrossed all of them – and everyone else in Tinseltown for that matter. That’s according to the The Numbers All Time Top 100 [...]

The Quick 10: The Names of 10 Fireworks Effects

This Quick 10 originally ran in 2009. Maybe I’m not a fireworks connoisseur, but I had no idea there were so many different types of effects and I definitely didn’t know they had names. To me, their names are, “The Ones That Do That Shooty Thing,” “The Ones That Scream” and “The Ones That Kind of [...]

Blue Willow "Brass Knuckles"

These edgy china knuckles are made from authentic blue Willow Ware china and can be purchased from Etsy seller, The Broken Plate. They are a must for any collector of Blue Willow china. Link – Via Dudecraft

The Men Behind the Masks

Chewbacca, Sloth, and Big Bird are all iconic roles, but could you pick any of the actors who played them out of a lineup? Probably not. Let’s take a look at the unheralded men behind the mask, under the makeup, or in the suit for a handful of memorable roles in movies and TV shows. [...]

Tower Made of Living Trees

Architects from the University of Stuttgart in Germany constructed a treehouse with a difference. The nine meter tall structure is made from living trees! Some of the hundreds of White Willow trees are planted in the ground; others are in containers. They are all expected to grow together into one giant plant. The experimental tower [...]