When you grow up, you don't have to put away your childish things—you just need to soak them in alcohol. ... READ ON
1980s media never dies.... READ ON
Humans have always been cooking up brand new ways to slice, dice, hack, and stab. You definitely wouldn’t want to tangle with any of the historical swords in this gallery—especially the last one.... READ ON
The Tragic Race to Be First to the South Pole. A museum exhibit shows us how Roald Amundsen and Robert F. Scott made their way to 90 degrees south 100 years ago.
How to make perfect fried chicken (which is pretty much the way I already do it). Unless you prefer testicles. (via Metafilter)
Sprocket Rocket is a physics-based game from Aardman Studios (the folks behind Wallace and Gromit) in which you design your own tools to accomplish tasks and collect cogs. Not as difficult as it sounds, since... READ ON
One of my favorite new features on the NYTimes website are videos by film critic A.O. Scott in which he discusses and dissects some of his (and my) favorite films. Not new releases, but classics and oldies-but-goodies that folks who aren't cinema geeks may not have seen. They're quick, fascinating peeks that make me want to run out and rent whatever's being discussed every time. Here are some of the best.
I love Rushmore, and I love hearing people who love Rushmore talk about Rushmore.... READ ON
In case you weren't obsessively refreshing mentalfloss.com all week, here's what you missed:
1. The Origins of 10 Nicknames, by David K. Israel... READ ON
Callin' out around the world: are you ready for a brand new beat?
Summer's here and the time is right for duelin' in the... READ ON
The nine white squares inside the main red grid should be filled with the digits 1 through 9. Each digit should appear only once in this main grid. Two of these numbers are already provided for you. Place the other digits in the correct spots so that the mathematical equations work both across and down. IMPORTANT: Remember algebraic rules when solving the problems... multiplication and division should be performed in the first step, then addition and subtraction in the second. Good luck!
Here is my... READ ON
The bugle call "Taps" is used at military funerals and memorial services as well as for lights out. Where did this song originate, and why does it affect us so?
How The U.S. Government Killed The Safest Car Ever Built. Was it an idea that was destined to fail, just hard to sell, or a a case of destroying "the evidence that you could do much better"? (via Metafilter)
Can you match Nicholas Cage's hair to the movie it (and he) appeared in? Here are the answers. (via The Daily What)
Adam Savage... READ ON
One thing that surprised me about Venice was that graffiti was everywhere. There's almost as much art on the streets as there was in churches and museums, which might be because Venice is a city of blind alleys and dark corridors, a warren of hiding places that are perfect spots for taggers and street artists to do their thing. Initially it was a little shocking to see so much spray-paint applied to the exterior of twelfth-century cathedrals and otherwise beautiful crumbling walls and even on people's... READ ON
Google's founders were ready to sell to Excite for under $1 million in 1999. Excite turned them down.