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The World’s Poorest President

If you think that politicians are all glamorous and such, you haven’t met Jose Mujica, the president of Uruguay who lives in a ramshackle farm and donates almost all of his pay. He’s the [...]

How We Make Pencils

The familiar No. 2 pencil is a seemingly simple object, but it’s actually an exceedingly complex thing to make. It involves parts from around the world, and precision machinery to combine the parts into a smooth writing instrument. To understand how pencils are made, check out this five-minute video shot inside a German [...]

Gangnam Style Babies

All over the world, babies are dancing Gangnam Style! The first video in this list is a hilarious work of art, and the next ten are all adorable children learning the joy of dance to PSY’s infectious song. Most are pretty short clips, and all are just as cute as can be. See them at [...]

On Remembrance Day

The guns fell silent 94 years ago today. The long nightmare that was the First World War was over. Artist Rachel Holding marked the occasion by making this wreath out of toy soldiers and a single plastic poppy. Link -via Nag on the Lake

Ig® Nobel Limericks: World’s End, Sheep-Dragging, Robber Trap

Ig Nobel Achievements distilled into limerick formby Martin Eiger, Improbable Research Limerick Laureate The Ig Nobel Prizes honor achievements that first make people laugh, then make them think. For details of all the Ig Nobel Prize–winning achievements, see each year’s special Ig Nobel issue of the magazine, and also see the website. 2011 Ig Nobel Mathematics Prize The [...]

Are we all living in a simulated world ?

It is a question that has been debated by philosophers and scientists alike for thousands of years. The idea that the world we see around us is actual…

If Great Literary Works Had Been Written by Lawyers

Legal humorist Kevin Underhill imagined a horrifying world in which the greatest works of Western literature were composed by attorneys. At the link, you can read selections from Shakespeare’s  A Midsummer Night’s Hearing Before the U.S. Patent Examiner and Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, or, The “Whale” (A Narrative About, But Not Necessarily Limited to, the Species Enumerated [...]

Shell Cottage from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

In the real world, Shell Cottage was a temporary film set erected in the sand dunes of Freshwater West in Pembrokeshire, Wales. In another world, it was something special. Described in the book as a “lonely and beautiful place”, Shell Cottage was the home of Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour and served as a safe house [...]

Planet discovered in Alpha Centauri system

Astronomers have discovered an Earth-sized world in orbit around the next nearest star system to our own. The small rocky planet is the lightest exopl…

Slinkachu Back At You

From the creator of the Shoe Lace Serpentand Inner City Snail, the dynamic artist Slinkachu is at it again with his miniature world. This figure he calls All-Star Nobody.  He has a show on exhibition over at Andipa Gallery in New York City.   Set up some miniature scenes of your own with figures from the Neatoshop. [...]