The Most Identical Twins

Parisian twins Monette and Mady have spent their lives embracing their shared appearance, dressing exactly alike every day of their adulthood. The results are unsettling, to say the least.

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According to a recent Reader’s Digest poll, the most trusted figures in America include Tom Hanks, Ellen DeGeneres, Noam Chomsky, and Peyton Manning – a fairly diverse list, but heavy on Hollywood fixtures like Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, and Denzel Washington. It raises the question: are actors really the trustworthiest people we know, or are they just good at faking it?

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When parents text, hilarity ensues.

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Steven Soderbergh, director of the Ocean’s Trilogy, Erin Brokovich, and Magic Mike, retired from filmmaking this year. His latest venture is a novella entitled GLUE, published in 140-character snippets on his Twitter feed. He’s up to Chapter 14 so far.

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Late comedian George Carlin’s love letters to his wife, Sally Wade, are as clever and colorful as his stand-up act was.

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What does a sine wave look like? MFA candidate Daniel Sierra’s animated experiment “Oscillate” explores the connection between sight and sound in a video reminiscent of Windows Media Player’s visualizations, but better.

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The Scripps National Spelling Bee is scheduled for the end of this month, and though only students under age 16 are eligible to compete in the annual competition, Oxford Dictionaries Online have an online spelling challenge suitable for more mature language wranglers. The three difficulty levels are Tricky, Difficult, and Fiendish, but don’t let those tweens show you up!

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Wrigley’s has abruptly pulled its new caffeinated Alert Energy Gum from the shelves, in the wake of FDA concerns about the proliferation of caffeine in the food industry, but until the day coffee stops working, the tired masses will always find a way to get their fix.

The ChopBox Smart Cutting Board Has a Food Scale, Timer, and Knife Sharper Built Right Into It

ChopBox
ChopBox

When it comes to furnishing your kitchen with all of the appliances necessary to cook night in and night out, you’ll probably find yourself running out of counter space in a hurry. The ChopBox, which is available on Indiegogo and dubs itself “The World’s First Smart Cutting Board,” looks to fix that by cramming a bunch of kitchen necessities right into one cutting board.

In addition to giving you a knife-resistant bamboo surface to slice and dice on, the ChopBox features a built-in digital scale that weighs up to 6.6 pounds of food, a nine-hour kitchen timer, and two knife sharpeners. It also sports a groove on its surface to catch any liquid runoff that may be produced by the food and has a second pull-out cutting board that doubles as a serving tray.

There’s a 254nm UVC light featured on the board, which the company says “is guaranteed to kill 99.99% of germs and bacteria" after a minute of exposure. If you’re more of a traditionalist when it comes to cleanliness, the ChopBox is completely waterproof (but not dishwasher-safe) so you can wash and scrub to your heart’s content without worry. 

According to the company, a single one-hour charge will give you 30 days of battery life, and can be recharged through a Micro USB port.

The ChopBox reached its $10,000 crowdfunding goal just 10 minutes after launching its campaign, but you can still contribute at different tiers. Once it’s officially released, the ChopBox will retail for $200, but you can get one for $100 if you pledge now. You can purchase the ChopBox on Indiegogo here.

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How the Trapper Keeper Trapped the Hearts of '80s and '90s Kids

Courtesy of Cinzia Reale-Castello
Courtesy of Cinzia Reale-Castello

No matter when or where you grew up, back-to-school shopping typically revolved around two things: clothing and school supplies. And if you’re an adult of a certain age, you probably had a Trapper Keeper on that latter list of must-buy items.

Like the stickers, skins, and cases that adorn your smartphones and laptops today, Trapper Keepers were a way for kids to express their individual personalities. The three-ring binders dominated classrooms in the '80s and '90s, and featured a vast array of designs—from colorful Lisa Frank illustrations to photos of cool cars and popular celebrities—that allowed kids to customize their organizational tools. 

In this episode of "Throwback," we're ripping open the Velcro cover and digging into the history of the Trapper Keeper. You can watch the full episode below.

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