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Many people embrace beliefs not backed by science. But there’s a difference between following your horoscope and believing in conspiracy theories, like 2Pac being alive and well. It turns out that conspiracy theorists who can’t let go of their favorite rapper also are likely to see “signs” in random events and detect nonexistent messages in art.

Building on research that conspiracy theories are tied to how people detect patterns, scientists at the Free University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands studied the relationship between our perception of patterns and these not-so-logical beliefs. Learning how this works could help us understand the extent to which our beliefs influence what we see.
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Friday, Oct 20th 2017 (12:00am)
Thursday, October 19th
Here's a fun interactive worth exploring, especially if your ancestors came over on the boat.
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Thursday, Oct 19th 2017 (10:34am)
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Who said it had to be practical? Here is a more-than-ten-years-old article regarding fuel efficiency but it's not without fact or merit.
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Thursday, Oct 19th 2017 (12:00am)
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Tuesday, October 17th
So what if this thing was once an overseas shipping container? Dirt cheap and fully furnished, you're good to go if you have a plot of earth and utility hookups.
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Tuesday, Oct 17th 2017 (12:00am)
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Monday, October 16th
Oltedal, Norway-based vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Leo Moracchioli from Frog Leap Studios teams up with Rabea Massaad and Hannah Boulton to give an epic metal makeover to Toto's 1982 soft rock classic, "Africa,".
In case you were in a coma in 1982, here's the original.
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Monday, Oct 16th 2017 (12:00am)
Jeremy, the rare snail with the left-curling shell whose search for a mate kicked off an international quest, has slithered off this mortal coil. But there's one last twist to the story. Reader, before he died, Jeremy procreated. That's right. The little lefty did it.
By: dave
Monday, Oct 16th 2017 (12:00am)
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Sunday, October 15th
A little over six minutes of watching bike ace Danny MacAskill do his thing on the trail and in fun environments.
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Sunday, Oct 15th 2017 (12:06am)
Saturday, October 14th
A very entertaining snippet from the movie, "You Can't Cheat an Honest Man".
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Saturday, Oct 14th 2017 (12:00am)
Friday, October 13th
We've been waiting a long time to see the "world's first giant robot duel," and next week we'll finally get to watch the metal-on-metal action. If you’ve forgotten the background, all the way back in July 2015 a US team of engineers (MegaBots Inc.) challenged their Japanese rivals (Suidobashi Heavy Industry) to a fight, but the difficulty in finding a venue and upgrading the robots has delayed the bout. Well, next Tuesday, October 17th at 7PM PT, the duel will finally be streamed on Twitch for all to see.
By: dave
Friday, Oct 13th 2017 (12:00am) | Thanks: madpawn
A husband and a wife send text messages in conversation and constantly think better of their initial responses.
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Friday, Oct 13th 2017 (12:00am) | Thanks: Dawn
Thursday, October 12th
East Harlem merchant G. Herman Gottlieb had a little knowledge of botany and a great desire to make some quick cash. So he left his home at 188 East 99th Street with two empty baskets and made his way to the wooded area on Dyckman Street in the Inwood section of Manhattan. There, he worked all day long filling his baskets with catnip. He then began going house to house on Fifth Avenue to sell the catnip to well-to-do families with spoiled pet cats.
By: dave
Thursday, Oct 12th 2017 (12:06am) | Thanks: blort
Big in the news is that the Boy Scouts of America will allow girls to join starting next year. It's been a while since we've seen some NSFW Bullshit clips here.
Time to remedy that.
Bullshit Morormons and Boy Scouts -and- Atheist Scouts (with subtitles en Espanol, no less).
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Thursday, Oct 12th 2017 (12:06am)
Wednesday, October 11th
Here's a list of the Spielberg celluloid works that I mostly agree with. We forget that some of the sequels were real bombs. Fortunately, as we approach the end of the article, there are many magical Hollywood moments worth remembering.
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Wednesday, Oct 11th 2017 (12:14am)
Tuesday, October 10th
Y. A. Tittle, the Hall of Fame quarterback who led the Giants to three consecutive National Football League championship games in the early 1960s after the San Francisco 49ers had discarded him as too old and too slow, died on Sunday night in Stanford, Calif. He was 90.

Louisiana State University, where he played his college ball, announced his death.

Tittle threw for dozens of touchdowns and thousands of yards, won a Most Valuable Player Award and was selected to seven Pro Bowls. But he endeared himself to New York not as a golden boy but as a muddied, grass-stained scrapper.

He was a balding field general with a fringe of gray who, at 34, in his old-fashioned high-topped shoes, had undeniably lost a step or two, but kept picking himself up off the ground to find a way to beat you, and New York cheered.
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Tuesday, Oct 10th 2017 (6:01am)
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2000 square meters (says 12,000 inside the article) of the iconic bricks. Located in the hometown of LEGO, Billund, you can spend a day exploring the museum with over 25 million bricks.
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Tuesday, Oct 10th 2017 (12:00am) | Thanks: Irene
Few school-sponsored enrichment programs lend themselves to genuine nostalgia. The Presidential Fitness Test? Most people compartmentalize the memories of that one, lest they lead to traumatic flashbacks. DARE? In retrospect, a pretty hilarious failure, but not exactly the stuff of back-to-school daydreams. But the Scholastic Book Fair? That week where your elementary school was packed full of books and pens and erasers and you could just wade right on in and go wild? Oh, man, that's the good stuff.
By: dave
Tuesday, Oct 10th 2017 (12:00am) | Thanks: mefi
Monday, October 9th
Northern lights enthusiasts have discovered a new type of northern lights, and named it Steve. Steve is a very thin, purplish arc that can almost look like a picket fence, according to Kumar. Kumar says Steve can be viewed farther south than the larger oval auroras that sweep the skyline.
By: dave
Monday, Oct 9th 2017 (12:04am)
Using multiple photos as a guide, a model of the late musician is built from the skeleton on out.
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Monday, Oct 9th 2017 (12:04am) | Thanks: G.G. Maldonado
Sunday, October 8th
...someone jammed a pumpkin on a Cornell spire. The perpetrator remains a mystery to this day.
By: dave
Sunday, Oct 8th 2017 (3:16pm) | Thanks: mefi
Saturday, October 7th
Application of a bit of science to what we think we know but really do not. Interesting stuff about tall things.
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Saturday, Oct 7th 2017 (5:19am)
Friday, October 6th
First the good news: Whoever told you that Santa Claus was an impostor with a fake beard collecting a Christmastime check at the mall or a lie cooked up by your parents to trick you into five measly minutes of quiet was, at minimum, misinformed.

The bad news: Santa Claus is definitely dead.
By: dave
Friday, Oct 6th 2017 (12:00am) | Thanks: mefi
There are plenty of images of this building on the Web, however be forewarned... it's not really a building. It was actually part of a marketing campaign for a company that makes fingerprint software and panels.
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Friday, Oct 6th 2017 (12:00am)
Thursday, October 5th
Artist Tom Brown creates tiny food in his tiny kitchen. He recently became famous on the Internet when George Takei shared this video.
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Thursday, Oct 5th 2017 (9:56pm)
This has been postulated in a couple of cartoons and urban legends several times before, but it really did happen according to this report.
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Thursday, Oct 5th 2017 (12:00am)
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