The Origin of the Freak Show, Part One. The beginning of the series covers antiquity to Lazarus Collerdo and his parasitic twin Johannes Baptisa Collerdo in the 17th century.
Robert Platshorn was sentenced to 64 years in prison as a marijuana kingpin in 1979. On parole after serving 29 years, he is now campaigning to make pot legal in the U.S.
Pipe Dream by Animusic was a groundbreaking animated music video that became a classic. Intel commissioned Sisu Devices to recreate the machinery in real... READ ON
One of the more exciting things I learned at SXSW this past week was how The Guardian has launched a new "Open Journalism" approach to reporting. That is: journalism that encourages the input of the average bystander. With technology that allows anyone with a smartphone to report the news, first-hand, the common man often has a lot to contribute - to help shape the news. In the paper's own words:
A man dies at the heart of a protest: a reporter wants to discover the truth. A journalist is seeking to... READ ON
It's time once again for the game that's sweeping the nation: GUESS THE THEME! All the clips below have something in common. Leave your best guesses in the comments.
The Dubliners - Whiskey In The... READ ON
We're going region by region, giving you one fun fact about each team in the tournament. Last up, the Midwest!
(1) North... READ ON
We're going region by region, giving you one fun fact about each team in the tournament.
(1)... READ ON
Each week Miss Kathleen provides links to a variety of stories about libraries, authors, and books. If there’s something noteworthy going on in your local library, leave us a... READ ON
In this seven-minute talk, MythBuster Adam Savage inspires students to understand how simple questions can lead to major scientific discoveries. Through three simple stories -- those of Richard Feynman, Eratosthenes, and Hippolyte Fizeau -- Savage explains how scientists can do great work with very common tools, the most significant of which is the human brain.
This should be required viewing for kids even remotely interested in science:
Bonus points earned by Savage: saying that the world is... READ ON
Yesterday I read about a documentary film that debuted at the SXSW Film Festival in which the cinematographer was a cat. The item jogged my memory, as I had posted about this same cat back in 2007. He's not the only cat who takes pictures, so let's meet several cats who record their feline adventures in images and video.
1. Mr.... READ ON
Today is the Ides of March, and some of my more scholarly cohorts wouldn't let me through the day without coming up with some sort of Julius Caesar-related puzzle for the mentalfloss.com Brain Game Think Thursday challenge. So here goes:
How many non-obscure English words
of FOUR LETTERS OR MORE can you create
using the letters in the name BRUTUS?
Here is my list of 10 WORDS.
MY 10 WORDS:
If you came up with other words, feel... READ ON
The sum of all the numbers on a roulette wheel is 666.