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Wednesday September 20, 2017. 12:46 AM
Kristjan Gottfried and Michelle Hurtig were first the waiting list for Vancouver's Marina Housing Co-operative, a nonprofit when the volunteer co-chair of the admissions board told them that their new home couldn't be confirmed until they found out the sex of their unborn...
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Tuesday September 19, 2017. 10:42 PM
In 1770, Hungarian engineer Wolfgang von Kempelen unveiled a miracle: a mechanical man who could play chess against human challengers. In this week's episode of the Futility Closet podcast we'll meet Kempelen's Mechanical Turk, which mystified audiences in Europe and the...
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When watching assembly line robots of today, it's easy to forget that gruelling repetitive work used to be done manually. This beautiful footage from 1936 shows the precision needed, and it's beautifully lit and shot in black and white. (more…)
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Walt Disney shows off a ride in production, 'Pirates of the Caribbean' to Miss Disneyland-Tencennial. It is amazing to see my favorite ride at Disneyland at this point in its life. During my first visit, my grandmother lost her wig on the second sharp waterfall drop. My...
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Wow. One of Alabama's Senate candidates, Roy Moore, refers to Native Americans as 'reds' and Asians as 'yellows.' He is competing with – and leading – Sen. Luther Strange in the GOP Senate runoff next week. In a speech on Sunday, he said, 'We were torn apart in the Civil ...
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I just bought this 150-pack of 10-inch cable zip-ties for $6.36 on Amazon. The deal lasts a few more hours.
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A dead body sat in a pickup truck for eight months in a parking lot at the Kansas City International Airport before someone discovered it. 53-year-old Randy Potter disappeared January 17, and had parked at the airport that same day. When his family contacted the airport...
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The International Olympic Committee took the unprecedented step of announcing the 2024 and 2028 Olympic host cities (Paris and LA), because both cities were bidding unopposed, and LA had to be bribed with a $1.8B 'grant' from the IOC to agree to host the games. (more…)
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A fifth-grade South Carolina teacher is on administrative leave after asking students to visualize themselves as KKK members and then ponder the justifications of their treatment toward African Americans. A man who identified himself as an uncle of one of the students posted ...
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Before Equifax changed its name in 1976 -- in the midst of a Congressional investigation and a national scandal -- it was the Retail Credit Company, founded in Atlanta in 1899. (more…)
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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, founded by Elizabeth Warren prior to her career as a senator, has entered into an unprecedented settlement with National Collegiate Student Loan Trusts, the largest holder of student debt in the country. (more…)
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'It's okay to feel good about things here but there's no sense running down the street telling people about it at the top of your voice Minnesotans prefer to express their positive feelings through the use of negatives because it naturally levels things out. From the 1993...
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Amazon's Fire tablets have replaced Apple iPads around our house. This new 10' tablet will be mine. My daughter has broken many very expensive Apple tablets. I switched her over to an Amazon Fire that only cost $50 and she loved it. I tried one and never looked back. Due...
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A Twitter user named @bigotbasher posted a photo of a man wearing a Nazi armband on a Seattle bus, who was reportedly 'harassing a black man' and 'screaming in peoples' faces.' This set into motion a search to find the Nazi. Less than ninety minutes later he was located and...
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Researchers at the Computer Vision Laboratory, The University of Nottingham have posted an online demo of their 3D Face Reconstruction from a Single Image paper.
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 Surprisingly, not all headphones were designed with workouts in mind. Delicate electronics can be vulnerable to rain and sweat, and tiny wireless earbuds will go flying with the slightest movement. If you’re looking for personal audio that can stand up to the elements...
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An eagle-eyed mom spotted a cave-drawing penis in a Netflix children’s show and posted her outrage on Facebook. The phallic depiction is located inside of a log during season one, episode 35 of Maya the Bee, according to The Mirror. “I know that something like this...
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A Colorado Springs running enthusiast, known locally as 'The Mad Pooper,' has been leaving gifts on a private lawn in a most public fashion. Via Competitor.com: A mystery woman in Colorado Springs, Colo. is giving runners a pretty crappy reputation. According to local CBS...
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Try as it might, this magnificent, noble creature can't break the crust of a bedsheet. Why isn't the snow breaking? from funny
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This looks brutal! During halftime at a Eagles-Chiefs game in Kansas City on Sunday, a camera operator is running across the field and runs right over a cheerleader during a dance routine. She didn't see it coming. The person taping this gasps out loud. Amazingly, the...
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