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Thursday June 14, 2018. 03:30 PM
In 1804, when she was 5 years old, Mary Anning began to dig in the cliffs that flanked her English seaside town. What she found amazed the scientists of her time and challenged the established view of world history. In this week's episode of the Futility Closet podcast we'll ...
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Albert Einstein's diaries reveal starkly racist sentiments well into middle age. The BBC reports that he disliked China most of all: “industrious, filthy, obtuse people” about whom “it would be a pity if [they] supplant all other races. For the likes of us the mere...
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Artist Masumi Ishikawa has announced a new project to immortalize iconic David Bowie imagery in the style of ukiyo-e, or Japanese woodcuts. (more…)
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Ladies and germs, allow me introduce you to the world's first mechanical unicorn! Jumpverhuur, a Dutch inflatable party rental company, introduced this 'rodeo unicorn' to their roster last summer. It's available to rent for ~575 euros/day (in the Netherlands only, it...
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Greg from Lofty Pursuits used his antique candy drop roller to create Madness, his mixture of candies that all have the same red color but have many different flavors. He also demonstrates the Stroop effect. (more…)
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When Yeonmi Park was just 13 years old, after suffering inhumanely under the North Korean regime, she and her family escaped to China (and eventually to South Korea). She is now 24 years old and has become a vocal advocate for human rights in the country she once fled from....
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A raccoon in Minnesota got its 15 minutes of fame after climbing up the side of a skyscraper Tuesday. The world watched online as the adorable little trash panda scaled more than 25 stories of St. Paul's UBS building. The New York Times: It all started when maintenance...
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Artist Robert Longo has created Death Star II, a stunning sphere made with a bullet for each gun death in the US. It premiered at Art Basel this week (photos below). (more…)
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On Sunday at London Men's Fashion Week, Chinese designer Xander Zhou sent male models down the runway wearing prosthetic pregnancy bellies for a 2019 collection called, 'New World Baby.' HYPEBEAST reports: The Beijing-based designer has always been known for indulging in...
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Six Flags Great Adventure debuted their newest thrill ride Wednesday, the 7-story-high CYBORG Cyber Spin. The Jackson, New Jersey theme park claims their gyroscopic anti-gravity attraction is a first of its kind in the United States (Europe's had one since 2015.)...you'll...
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The latest episode of 99 Percent Invisible is about the the 1940 Emeco 10-06 Navy Chair, made of bent aluminum and strong enough to withstand a torpedo blast. The chair was made to be relatively utilitarian, with an arched top and three slats coming down the back to meet a...
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Scotty Allen is a nomadic engineer, entrepreneur, adventurer, and storyteller who lives in San Francisco and Shenzhen, China. His YouTube series, Strange Parts, is a must-watch for me. In his latest video, he went to JLCPCB, one of the largest prototype printed circuit board ...
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHQV3ifJopo Christian Thompson has a YouTube channel where he clearly explains how to write neat little game-like programs in Python. It reminds me of the fun I had writing programs in BASIC to generate Mandelbrot fractals and cellular...
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Inspired by the 50th anniversary this month of the release of Rosemary's Baby, my friend Peg Kay Aloi has written a piece on Crooked Marque on how the iconic occult horror film helped set the stage for the Satanic panic that was to follow. And therein lies an unusual irony:...
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As an insomniac, I take my gaming seriously. When I get to a point in a cycle of sleeplessness where I’m too tired to work or keep track of where I am in the book I’m reading, I turn to video games to keep me from delving too deeply into the dark thoughts that creep into ...
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I promise you, the payoff from this video is worth two minutes of your time.
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Flying boldly in the face of reality takes a mix of bravura and sociopathy, but this week’s tabloids manage the feat with élan. #MeToo activist and Anthony Bordain’s long-time girlfriend Asia Argento is photographed in Rome with a “much-younger man” with “no...
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Most carillons are fixed in bell towers, but Chime Masters makes a mobile carillon, used here to play a lovely Beatles cover. (more…)
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Tent cities for migrant children separated from their parents at the border? Sure, why not. According to USA Today, the Department of Health and Human Services will be paying a visit to Fort Bliss Army base, just outside of El Paso, Texas to see if it would be a suitable...
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YouTuber Tina Yong grabbed an inexpensive digital microscopic camera and shot some extreme closeups of her makeup, to horrifying results. (more…)
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