Wednesday, March 7th
Tuesday, March 6th
Four decades ago, less than 5 percent of Americans were cremated. Now that figure stands at nearly 50 percent. This is how cremation actually works, and the story of what happens to a culture when its attitudes about memorializing the dead undergo a revolution.
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Tuesday, Mar 6th 2018 (12:00am)
Monday, March 5th
Knitting is a popular pastime in Finland. But Finnish artist Liisa Hietanen takes it to a whole new level with her knitted and crocheted sculptures of real-life people.
(nsfw'd for knipple)
By: dave
Monday, Mar 5th 2018 (12:00am) | Thanks: blort
Meet Jerry Selbee, a man with a knack for solving problems and spotting patterns and flaws. Jerry made an interesting discovery about his state's lottery and started a business playing the game for huge profit, attracting the attention of competitors and investigators alike.
By: dave
Monday, Mar 5th 2018 (12:00am) | Thanks: slorum
Many of us wish we could step into the past and explore the world of yesteryear. If you have ever wanted to revisit the 1970s, here’s your chance! This house has not been redecorated since it was built in 1979.
By: spam_vigilante
Monday, Mar 5th 2018 (12:00am)
Sunday, March 4th
David Ogden Stiers, known for his role as Major Charles Emerson Winchester III in the TV comedy series "M*A*S*H," died Saturday, the agency representing him said.

The actor was 75.

He died "peacefully at his home in Newport, Oregon after a courageous battle with bladder cancer," the MKS Talent Agency tweeted.

"His talent was only surpassed by his heart," the agency added.
By: spam_vigilante
Sunday, Mar 4th 2018 (4:40am)
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Saturday, March 3rd
You might think that the problems and technological hurdles were the issue.
You might think that the costs involved were the issue.
You might think that finding volunteers for the two year trip (each way) was the problem.
You'd probably be wrong on all counts.
Our friends at Business Insider have a presentation of what they think the real reason is.
By: spam_vigilante
Saturday, Mar 3rd 2018 (12:00am)
A short (40 second) clip with accompanying text explanation of what occurs each day on our Earth as our magnetic and geographic equators are exposed to the light and heat of the Sun.
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Saturday, Mar 3rd 2018 (12:00am)
Friday, March 2nd
According to Steve Martin, the way to set yourself up for an insanity defense when committing a negotiatable crime is to make one of your demands outlandish - e.g. a million dollars, a getaway car, and to have the letter 'M' stricken from the English language. It looks like China's new emperor-for-life Xi Jinping was paying attention, but still missed it by a letter.
By: dave
Friday, Mar 2nd 2018 (10:06am) | Thanks: /.
Artist Adam Hillman has created a wonderful collection of images that feature everyday household objects and foods arranged together to make all sorts of geometric shapes and patterns.

Prints of his work are available to purchase from Society6.
By: spam_vigilante
Friday, Mar 2nd 2018 (12:52am)
Thursday, March 1st
Bekonscot is a toy village located in the English town of Beaconsfield, in Buckinghamshire. Spread out over 1.5 acres, this Lilliputian village with miniature buildings artfully created with wood, stone, metal, and glass, its well kept gardens and a huge model railway has been fascinating visitors for more than 80 years. Indeed, Bekonscot is believed to be the oldest original model village in the world.
By: spam_vigilante
Thursday, Mar 1st 2018 (12:00am)
Wednesday, February 28th
A beautiful and rather vocal African grey named Einstein celebrated her 30th birthday at the Knoxville Zoo by demonstrating some of her favorite impressions while being fed a steady stream of sunflower seeds in between. Encouraged by her human keeper Adam Patterson, Einstein happily barked like a dog, whispered a secret, booed like a ghost, blew a kiss and said goodbye to all the nice folks.
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Wednesday, Feb 28th 2018 (12:00am) | Thanks: Squid
Tuesday, February 27th
In this clip from the latest episode of Gavin Free and Dan Gruchy's The Super Slow Show series, high-speed cameras capture bullets from a pistol getting sliced in half by a steel axe.
By: spam_vigilante
Tuesday, Feb 27th 2018 (3:51pm)
The House of Representatives is about to vote on a bill that would force online platforms to censor their users. The Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA, H.R. 1865) might sound noble, but it would do nothing to stop sex traffickers. What it would do is force online platforms to police their users’ speech more forcefully than ever before, silencing legitimate voices in the process.
By: dave
Tuesday, Feb 27th 2018 (12:47pm) | Thanks: slorum
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Simon Pegg Does Four Beatles Impressions in 12 Seconds.
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Tuesday, Feb 27th 2018 (1:33am)
Monday, February 26th
"Clerks" filmmaker Kevin Smith says he nearly died of a "massive heart attack" after rushing to a California hospital Sunday night. "The Doctor who saved my life told me I had 100% blockage of my LAD artery (aka 'the Widow-Maker')," Smith tweeted. "If I hadn't canceled show 2 to go to the hospital, I would've died tonight. But for now, I'm still above ground," he added.
By: dave
Monday, Feb 26th 2018 (4:46am) | Thanks: Sunny
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Toy makers have gone to the toilet for their latest creations. Mattel, a company best known for its clean-cut Barbie dolls, is set to release a game called Flushin' Frenzy that sends a brown plastic poop flying into the air.
By: dave
Monday, Feb 26th 2018 (12:00am)
Sunday, February 25th
Saturday, February 24th
Yeah, I bet you are.
Whole episodes, both the first and last on CBS. I can now die a happy man.
My, oh my.
By: spam_vigilante
Saturday, Feb 24th 2018 (12:51pm)
John Fogerty claims he wrote “Fortunate Son” in just 20 minutes. But the music he made with Creedence Clearwater Revival has soundtracked visions of the Vietnam War in pop culture for what feels like an eternity.
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Saturday, Feb 24th 2018 (12:00am) | Thanks: Kyndi
Friday, February 23rd
Bee colony collapse disorder (CCD) is a real threat to humanity. Most of our fruits and vegetable require pollinators. But bees are dying off at an alarming rate.

Technology to the rescue! You might think this science fiction, but it's science fact.

Now if only someone would invent a flyswatter to keep these little drones away from me.
By: spam_vigilante
Friday, Feb 23rd 2018 (2:39am)
Nestled in a valley high in the Himalayas in northern India is a small lake named Roopkund, known locally as Mystery Lake. The area around Roopkund Lake is uninhabited; at an altitude of over five kilometers, the lake is frozen for all but one month out of the year, and ice storms occasionally pose a significant threat. The mystery concerns the origin of the occupants of the lake: not fish or other common lake-dwellers, but hundreds of human skeletons.
By: dave
Friday, Feb 23rd 2018 (12:01am) | Thanks: digg
Russian curlers Alexander Krushelnitsky and Anastasia Bryzgalova will hand back the Olympic medals they won in Pyeongchang, the Russian news agency TASS reported, citing a Russian curling Federation spokesperson.
By: dave
Friday, Feb 23rd 2018 (12:01am) | Thanks: Sunny
Thursday, February 22nd
Has-been actress Kirstie Alley thinks curling is boring, and tweeted about it. Feeling justifiably slighted, Team USA's skipper John Shuster fired back with both barrels. Rowr.
By: dave
Thursday, Feb 22nd 2018 (12:00am)

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