The Parrot Panic of 1930. Psittacosis spread faster by journalism than it ever did by infection. (via Metafilter)
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The Yip Yips showed up at DragonCon and made everyone happy.
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American Apparel launched a competition called The Next BIG Thing Contest to find a plus-size model for their long-overdue larger size clothing. Nancy Upton entered the contest with the intention of mocking it, but her satirical photographs won the most votes of any entrant.
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Deducing the Physics of How Cats Fall. If you drop a cat and an astronaut, which one will land on his feet? (via Buzzfeed)
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Nike finally came up with the futuristic shoes Marty McFly wore in Back to the Future 2. If you want a pair from the limited edition run, you'll have to cough up some serious money.
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The 2011 Breakdancing Championships. Honestly, bodies aren't supposed to work like that, much less look graceful doing it.
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If they can edit Darth Vader's NOOOO! into Return of the Jedi, they can edit it into any movie, right? "Don't be too proud of this technological terror you have constructed."
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The Heroes of Flight 93. Excerpts from a new book piece together the actions of the passengers who decided to stop the hijackers' suicidal mission.
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Why Does Hot Water Sometimes Feel Cold? It could be a problem with your water heater, or it could be something called paradoxical cold.