Cheeky engineer Tim Hunkin (of Secret Life of Machines fame) invented the Autofrisk, a device that gently gropes the user in exchange for a few coins. (In the U.K. apparently one cannot get this experience for free at local airports.) The Autofrisk is one of many coin-operated machines Hunkin built for an ongoing show under the Southwold Pier in Suffolk, which looks to me to be a kind of geek Mecca.
Hunkin and compatriots made a ten-minute film about the process of making the Autofrisk and similar... READ ON
We’ve brought you geeky engagement rings, wedding photos and wedding dresses. Now it’s time for geeky invitations!... READ ON
Even the worst guessers will have a 1-in-48 2-in-48 shot at today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game Tuesday Test Time challenge. Good luck!
NOTE: The text of this puzzle was adjusted after its initial publication to allow for a correct second answer that I missed. All fixed now:
Which two U.S. states in the Lower 48
do not either have their own "big four"
pro sports team or border another U.S. state that
has one (in MLB, the NFL, the NBA, or the NHL)?
Here are the ANSWERS.
THE ANSWER:... READ ON
To become an Olympic hero in our book, it takes more than athleticism. Whether they were training in an internment camp or somersaulting with one leg, these athletes deserve infinite points for style. Some of them lost big-time, but all of them won our twisted little hearts.
1. The Weightlifter Who Beefed Up at a Japanese Internment... READ ON
Pioneering astronaut and physicist Sally Ride died of pancreatic cancer Monday at age 61. This story from 1983 brings back the days when she was an inspiration to little girls everywhere.
Did you know that 98% of all people do not trust the internet? That's astonishing, but it must be true, because I read it on the internet.
The FilmDrunk review of The Dark Knight Rises is a little complicated because it looks at both the film and the story behind how it was made. And there's lots of, um, colorful... READ ON
GARY HERSHORN/Reuters/Landov That’s the work of the American Humane Association, who actually trademarked the phrase. The AHA first set up a committee to investigate abuse of animal actors in the early 20th century, when the horses used in many Western films were at risk for injury on the set. During filming of the 1939 movie Jesse James, a horse and its stuntman rider were sent over a 70-foot cliff into a river. The stuntman just lost his hat, but the horse broke its back and died. Spurred by... READ ON
Installment #28: The rise of German power on land and at sea in the first years of the 20th century forced Britain and France, rivals since the medieval period, to put aside their differences to contain the growing German threat. This was a huge change for Britain, which had previously emphasized its “splendid isolation” from the Continent of Europe by avoiding long-term, formal commitments to France or any other European power.... READ ON
Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, has passed away. She was 61. This story on her life and accomplishments originally appeared last... READ ON
Andre Agassi's father represented Iran in boxing in the 1948 and 1952 Olympics.