Supercut of the phrase “we’re not so different, you and I” in movies.
The winners of the 2014 National Geographic Photo Contest.
The strangest and most beautiful calculators ever created.
These awkward Christmas photos are a hoot.
The Origin of ...
Lots of ugly Christmas sweaters, instructions for making your own, plus ugly Christmas sweater suits!
The twelve beards of Christmas — decorating ideas.
In the Christmas in Other Cultures category, here’s a Klingon Christmas carol. Also, Sweden’s bizarre tradition ...
Yesterday was the 73rd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Here’s the History Channel on the battle, and here’s Monty Python’s reenactment.
Thousands of Einstein documents are now a click away.
A real-estate broker in the ...
Six ways to modify your baseball bat into a zombie-killing weapon: real versions and an infographic.
Gallery of elderly people who probably don’t realize what they’re wearing (open list, so you can add your own).
Nuclear attack from ...
Thanksgiving miscellany: Mark Twain, science, WKRP, Cicero and the best turkey fryer PSA ever.
10 Thanksgiving Words With Bizarre Origins.
For the kids, a virtual field trip to the first Thanksgiving.
Buffy Thanksgiving episode: “Ritual sacrifice, with pie.”
Christopher Walken and ...
On the Guardians of the Galaxy DVD which comes out next month, the extras feature has this outtake: the Star Lord and Ronan dance-off actually happened.
Gallery of things you don’t see every day.
Can you fix a machine ...
In Italy, a good year for wild mushrooms has led to lots of poisonings. Pliny the Elder addressed this problem c. 77.
WWII buff and cryptography geeks — check out this Enigma Simulator, with pictures, diagrams, and code.
The top 50 video games ...
John Oliver’s video report on the Salmon Cannon is the best thing you’ll see all week.
Plato, Sartre, Derrida & Other Thinkers Explained With Vintage Video Games.
How to make diamonds out of peanut butter. In related science, The ...
This Chinese music video is the weirdest thing you’ll watch all day.
Hedy Lamarr, movie star in the 30s and 40s and co-inventor of a frequency-hopping technique that underlies most wireless technology, was born 100 years ago.
Why are some ...
Happy Guy Fawkes Day! God preserved us from the “secret contrivance and hellish malice of Popish Conspirators”.
Guerrilla Artist Fills Potholes With Flower Mosaics.
Science video du jour is from the world’s largest vacuum chamber: watch what happens when ...
Why we should elect a super-villain president; They can be effective leaders, provided you can get past the lying, unilateral decision-making, rampant murder, and dismantling of your constitutional rights. Wait, three out of four of those disadvantages sound awfully familiar . . .
Tuesday (Halloween Related) links
This year’s “viral” Halloween costume: Sexy Ebola Containment Suit. Not your style? Check out this excellent site for DIY intelligent women’s costumes.
Why Witches are Commonly Depicted Flying on Broomsticks.
20 Houses That Are Clearly Winning At Halloween.
Mega geek alert: In 1959, Issac Asimov wrote a paper for DARPA on creativity. It was just published.
Take your paranoia to the next level with this zombie-proof log-cabin kit.
President of Belarus declares country’s sausage is free of toilet ...
October 14, 1066 was the Battle of Hastings: history, quotes, videos, maps, and links.
Who is McDonald in McDonald’s Restaurant?
What it’s like to carry your Nobel Prize through airport security in Fargo, N.D.
Faust, Mephistopheles, Napoleon, Oliver Cromwell, ...
Baby owl attack: here’s what happens when you put your Go-Pro in front of an owl’s nest.
How to dye your armpit hair blue.
Before-and-after photos of autumn’s transformations.
Video from TED-Ed: The history of tattoos.
Are mites having sex on your face?
John Lennon’s nearly-forgotten 1974 Broadway flop Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band on the Road.
A Requiem for Saturday Morning Cartoons - they’ve been dying off for a long time but ...
Today is the autumnal equinox – science, videos, quotes, poems, Vivaldi and Copernicus
Thirteen-year-old turns dead pet into “Ratcopter”.
Fiddler On The Roof opened 50 years ago today. Here’s Zero Mostel and a Lego version.
Excellent gallery: landscapes dominated by powerful ...
Happy Talk Like a Pirate Day, me hearties! Instructions, translators, and Dave Barry’s 2002 column.
Making, and eating, the 1950s’ most nauseating Jell-O-soaked recipes.
Fourteen extremely detailed close-ups of animal eyes.
Hey, Firefly fans: Tomorrow (September 20) is Unification Day. Related: ...
Video: The Narcoleptic Squirrel Song, with lots of bonus squirrel links.
General Washington and the Body-Snatchers.
Funeral home offers drive-thru visitation.
One minute science video lesson of the day: How A Bean Becomes A Fart.
How Do Fictional Poisons Stack ...
Most awkward album covers ever.
Stone-wall mosaics flow in beautiful spirals and waves.
“Moon Rabbit,” a giant paper rabbit sculpture in Taiwan.
Two hundred years ago this weekend: the Battle of Baltimore, inspiration for the Star-Spangled Banner.
Gorgeous scientific diagrams ...
Cool: Jack the Ripper identified via DNA from a shawl found at one of the murder scenes.
First graders of 1988 make predictions about the Year 2000.
The truth we won’t admit: Drinking is healthy: Is the U.S. public-health establishment ...
Forget Catherine the Great and Ivan the Terrible – here are Fruela the Leprous, Alfonso the Slobberer, Wilfred the Hairy and a bunch of their friends.
Everything you ever wanted to know about Over the Rainbow. Interesting backstory.
The Oak Bucket ...
Video: If Guy Best Friends Acted Like Girl Best Friends.
The Story Of How France Became McDonald’s Most Profitable Country.
The Woodpecker’s Guide to Avoiding Head Injuries.
True Facts About Marsupials (PG-13 language) plus bonus Sad Dog Diary.
Thieving squirrel stymied by vaseline-covered pole, plus squirrel-launching compilation.
What do airlines owe you when you’re stranded?
The Cornell professor who gave us the chicken nugget.
Cookie Monster’s famous cookie-dough recipe (plus the original Toll House recipe to ...
Ten of the creepiest things superheroes have done. Related: video of things superheroes do that’d be creepy if you did them.
Five delightful science experiments from 100 years ago.
Top 20 technological screw-ups of the 20th century.
Ridiculous Japanese products.
Picking your soulmate and picking the cleanest toilet at a public event in the fewest tries have the same optimal solution.
Having frequent diarrhea as a child shapes your adult mate choice.
If the French monarchy were restored, this guy ...
Tomorrow is the 2,494th anniversary of the battle of Thermopylae.
How to tell whether you’ve got angst, ennui, or Weltschmerz.
An interesting look at taxes and loopholes: How the burrito became a sandwich.
Vintage video describing how simple machines ...
Reverse dog shaming.
Interactive Map of The Wealthiest Person in Each State.
Gallery: Women Who Don’t Understand Eyebrows.
With all the WW1 centennial retrospectives going on, this seems appropriate: the WW3 speech prepared in 1983 for the Queen.
The story ...
Times have changed: Miss USA 1921 vs 2014.
21 Designs for The Great Tower of London That Never Was.
Weaponized rabbit poo powers this doomsday flamethrower.
Right now, stop whatever you’re doing and watch this: 3-Year-Old Russian Drummer Performs With A Symphony ...
Male contraceptive news: just wear a polyester sling, and let the heat and the electrostatics do all the work.
The Man Who Saved Over Two Million Lives via a Genetic Quirk.
World’s longest dinosaur poo is 40 inches long and ...
Attempts to re-invent (and patent) the wheel: Australia has quietly revoked the patent it granted in 2001. Kind of related: 25 Useful Inventions That You Never Knew You Needed.
The History of the Egg Cream and How to Make One in the ...
Great Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Visual Effects From Game of Thrones Season 4.
How to give a giant blue whale a bath.
How many snowflakes would it take to cover the entire world in six feet of snow?
How to cook ...
Ancient Minoan Culture Illustrated with Scantily-Clad Barbies, with bonus 1961 video: When Barbie Met Ken.
Indian Man Claims He Can Help People Lose Weight with Ultrasounds He Emits from His Vocal Cords.
China has a new Roast Duck Museum.
7 Myths About ...
More Coverage at Bench Memos
Tomorrow will mark the centennial of the precipitating event of the First World War: here are a few quotes/videos/links/explanations.
8 Star Trek Technologies Moving From Science Fiction To Science Fact.
As plastic is made from oil and oil ...
The Secret to ISIS Success: Bureaucracy and Middle-Managers
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria sprang from a largely self-funded, corporation-style prototype whose resilience to counterterrorism operations was proven by the time Abu Bakr al Baghdadi assumed command in 2010.
The militant group Baghdadi inherited had in place a ...
Stretch limo made from three bodged-together Deloreans.
Advice from 1799: Take heede therefore ye smellers of Basil: apparently it’s been known to cause brain scorpions.
The Bug That Sucks Its Prey Dry and Wears Their Corpses. (insert politician joke here)
Demand for special prosecutor grows.
Paraskavedekatriaphobia: Why is Friday the 13th considered unlucky?
Twenty-two stunning examples of people painted to look like animals.
All the horrible ways animals can kill you with venom.
Tomorrow (June 14) is Flag Day and the birthday of the U.S. ...
Anoint the gums with the brains of a hare: advice from c. 1450 on soothing a teething baby. Apparently dog milk works, too.
Gallery of vintage toy robots.
3 Minute Time-Lapse Animated Map of World War I (WW II takes 7 minutes), bonus ...
Twenty-four of the funniest reviews ever posted to the Internet.
The tactical order of dressing: an illustrated guide (as taught to military and emergency personnel).
Let’s rank every X-Man ever. In a similar vein, here are all of the ...
The Art of Kissing: A 1936 Guide for Lovers.
Holy crap – look at the size of this bone: scientists have discovered the biggest dinosaur ever (so far).
A Retiree Digitizes 27 Million Old Newspaper Pages in His Living Room (and Libraries Fight ...
From research into the genital-brain relationship comes the pain management tip of the day: have an orgasm.
Doing the Math: How Many Tribbles Were Aboard the Enterprise?
Found after 500 years, the wreck of Christopher Columbus’s flagship the Santa Maria.
Weird nativity sets.
Fashion Trend for Women: Armpit Hair Extensions.
15 Harsh Things Critics Said About The Nutcracker After Its 1892 Premiere and 15 Fun Facts About Fruitcake.
These Are The Star Wars Christmas Cards You’re Looking For.
Why does peanut butter ...
This video compilation will help you start your day with a smile: dogs that forgot how to fetch.
Ten real stories behind famous food mascots.
Motorcycle doing stunts on a roller coaster.
Funny warning labels.
The origin of the myth ...
Upcoming Simpsons opening sequence: The Couch Gag Before Christmas.
Senior citizens recreate classic movie posters.
Nine unusual and unique flying cars.
Video: How to have a British Christmas. Related, tomorrow (December 6) is the feast day of St. Nicholas of Myra, ...
Here’s a huge roundup of Thanksgiving links, including (without limitation) Christopher Walken and John Madden’s video of the First Thanksgiving, Ben Franklin’s account, calculating how much stuffing it would take to stuff your whole house (or the ...
Supercuts of cheesy computer-hacking scenes in ’80s and ’90s movies.
On November 24, 1793 — or what then became known as Frimaire 4, II – the revolutionary French government officially replaced the Gregorian calendar, introducing one of thirty days each, comprised of three ten-day weeks (...
The Gettysburg Address was seven score and eleven years ago: history, photos, video and more.
The origin of Humpty Dumpty.
Photoessay: Co-worker asked me to watch her plant while she was out for the week . . .
Basic fainting technique: how to ...
This year’s Bad Sex in Fiction award finalists (NSFW language).
Gallery of the craziest haircuts ever. This is an open list, so you can add your own.
Folies Bergère: a collection of advertising posters for late 1800’s music-hall ...
Parents tell kids they ate all their Halloween candy and film the reactions.
The Berlin Wall fell 25 years ago this weekend – The Atlantic has an excellent photoessay.
Scientists make the first 3D scan of a dodo bird.
How to tell ...
Mail-in Voting Backfiring?
The Dems’ system isn’t working for them this year.
Daylight Saving Time ends this weekend: some DST history (including Ben Franklin’s proposal), stories and video, including my personal favorite time change story – the guy who got two DUI tickets, each at 1:08 AM, but an hour apart.
For $100,000, You ...
From c. 1260, the weasel/scorpion method of pregnancy prevention, plus other dubious medical advice.
Why blackmail is called “blackmail”, plus the origin of the lesser known “buttockmail.“
Best biology photographs of 2014. And from earlier this year, 2014 Wellcome Image Awards winners ...
How to Gird Up Your Loins: An Illustrated Guide.
Couple’s 550K Mile Road Trip Across 177 Countries Over 26 Years.
Quentin Tarantino Directed a 1995 Episode of ER.
Rita Hayworth was born on this date in 1918. Here’s an excellent compilation of ...
Video: If Shakespearean Insults Were Used Today, they’d fit surprisingly well into your daily office routine.
The Mystery of Extraordinarily Accurate Medieval Maps.
October 10th, 732 - The Battle OF Tours (and how it shaped history).
If Buying Condoms Were ...
A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse! Richard III was born 562 years ago, and there’s been a lot of news since his remains were discovered recently.
Caffeinated Underpants Won’t Make Your Butt Smaller.
Better living through ...
Lego versions of Peter Quill, Mal Reynolds, and Han Solo (from Guardians of the Galaxy, Firefly, and Star Wars, respectively) debate “Who shoots first?“
Wonderful foreign words with no English equivalent, illustrated.
Excerpts and illustrations from an 1895 book entitled Dog ...
September 14, 1861: the Night of the Flaming Ballerinas.
Beat the carnies: The secrets to winning five popular state-fair games.
Check out Munch’s “The Scream” without the screaming person. Subtracting art: subjects photo-edited from famous paintings.
Reading recently about Common Core, ...
“Women are teachable”: 1940s booklet to “assist male bosses in supervising their new female employees.”
Goldfish brain surgery.
Dutchman fought to keep amputated leg, made a lamp.
Soviet composer Dmitri Shostakovich was born 108 years ago today: some quotes, history and ...
Dr Samuel Johnson was born on this date in 1709: here’s a selection of his Scotland-bashing quotes.
King Richard III’s Final Moments Were Quick & Brutal.
Ancient Warriors Drew Power From The Crying Infants On Their Backs.
Video: Men Get ...
Ohio Amish Barn Raising: 10 hours in real life, 3.5 minute time-lapse video.
William Howard Taft was born 157 years ago today – here are 9 tips for planning a birthday party for him.
This Rube Goldberg Machine Runs On Light.
Scientists name newly discovered ...
Name Obama's ISIS Operation
Feel-good story of the year is from an Ironman Triathlon: “Steen swam 2.4 miles while pulling Peder on a rubber raft, biked 112 miles with his brother seated in front of him, and ran 26.2 miles while pushing Peder in a wheelchair across ...
IBM’s 1937 corporate songbook is something of a hoot.
Weird Medieval Books.
Bloodletting, Bone Brushes, and Tooth Keys: White-Knuckle Adventures in Early Dentistry. “Dentures were often referred to as ‘Waterloo Teeth’ after those ripped from the bodies of dead soldiers.”
August 29th, 2:14 a.m.: Skynet becomes self-aware.
The most amazing lie in history — the rather fascinating story of the guy who convinced the German army that D-Day wasn’t going to happen at Normandy.
Heh: customer has hilarious Norse mythology-themed ...
Happy Birthday, Dorothy Parker, born on this date in 1893: quotes, poems, bio, and the weird journey of her ashes.
Twenty-five perfectly timed dog pictures.
George Orwell reviews Mein Kampf (1940) and “bag of wind” Jean-Paul Sartre’s Portrait of the Antisemite (1948) (“...
Today is Erwin Schrödinger’s (he of the famous half-dead cat) 127th birthday: explanation, quotes, jokes, video.
Valar Morghulis: a statistical guide to deaths in Game of Thrones.
This is a spider’s brain on drugs.
Yesterday was Presidential ...
The Science of Star Wars: droids, holograms, Tattoine, the Death Star, lightsabers and more.
Instructional video from 1997: How to Have Cybersex on the Internet (OK for work).
11 Ways Kids Used to Soup-Up Their Bikes.
If You Own Land, How Far ...
Infographic: Aldous Huxley Vs George Orwell, plus here’s Aldous Huxley Narrating Brave New World (with a musical score by Bernard Herrmann).
How To Cook With Lava: A Video Tutorial.
The 30 Best Dr. Seuss Mashups on the Internet.
15 Things You ...
100 years ago today Austria declared war on Serbia, the first declaration of World War 1.
Heck of a way to get into the Guinness Book of Records: Teenager Gets 232 Teeth Pulled Out.
9 Surprising Facts About Sharks.
This trailer for a Family ...
Supercuts of memorable dance scenes in movies.
Small typos that totally change the meaning of things.
This photo gallery will make you smile: Little kids and their big dogs.
A new video zombie-survival guide made by zombies for zombies, with ...
History of air conditioning: invention, historical reactions, Arthur Miller column on the days before its invention, more.
Want access to someone’s home? All you need to do is take a picture of their key with your phone.
Amazon Is ...
Before there was CGI: Behind The Scenes Of 1954’s Creature from the Black Lagoon. Interesting contrast to this Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Visual Effects From Game of Thrones Season 4.
Eleven Skills Your Great-Grandparents Had That You Don’t.
Study: Smelling ...
It’s Nikola Tesla’s birthday: bio, Tesla coil music, Tesla vs Edison rap battle, infographic from The Oatmeal, and more.
Today is National No-Bra Day: Celebrate without restraint.
You know those 18- to 25-foot fiberglass figures dotting America’s ...
Independence Day links: the most bad-ass founding fathers, forgotten founding fathers, how news reports of independence spread in 1776, Independence Days from sci-fi, and the top 10 movies for today. And for inspiration: the full text of the Declaration of Independence, excellent ...
Want some inspiration? Read Lincoln’s 1858 speech on the meaning of Independence Day: Let us stick to it then. Let us stand firmly by it then.
The seven most badass Founding Fathers.
The Journal of the American Revolution’s ten ...
Eighty years ago today: June 30, 1934 was the Night of the Long Knives, Hitler’s purge of those standing in his way.
Coffee-flavored wine, in a can.
Map of the hometowns of of Marvel superheroes.
How to peel an entire bag ...
Supercut: Best/most memorable catchphrases in TV history, parts 1 and 2.
Gallery: Cars with propellers.
Supposed and filmed locations of fictional places.
The Pink Floyd ballet, plus the story of “Wish You Were Here” (with lots of extras).
The last motorcycle ...
Weird Al Yankovic as Isaac Newton in this historical rap battle vs. Bill Nye.
Physics, the World Cup, and bouncy balls.
Scientific invention du jour: Chinese hospitals introduce hands-free automatic sperm extractor.
Video supercut of the classic Star Wars line “...
Quiz: Match these gorgeous 18th- and 19th- century patent models to their purpose.
Add some weasel brain to your cheese to keep rats and mice away: Advice from 1649. Related, sort of: Here’s a list of risk factors from 1799 for ...
Important Public Service Announcements for dogs.
Paper planes transform into tiny drones.
Engineering advance of the day: New robotic glove gives you the sensation of touching boobs.
Infographic: The world’s richest superheroes (and supervillains). (Iron Man and Batman are ...
Happy Memorial Day! Here’s how to make an American flag out of bacon.
Smoked lizard on a stick, python kebabs, Spam curds, hot beef sundaes, and pork parfaits: ridiculous state-fair foods.
The science of Bruce Lee’s One-Inch Punch. ...
The meanings behind the weird symbols on 20 beer labels.
Map: This is what each state Googles more than any other. Why are Texans are so worried about herpes, and Pennsylvanians about back shaving, and New Jersey residents about Teletubbies?
Au Bon Pain is being sued for $2 undecillion (which is a 2 followed by 36 zeros). What if they lose and have to pay?
The Great Sperm Race: The Most Extreme Race on Earth, Scaled To Human Size (plus bonus Monty Python). ...
Five brilliant military gadgets designed by students.
The surprising history of powdered alcohol.
Pictorial history of the pocket knife.
Collection of bat-eating spiders. Related, kind of: Acid-spewing beetles inspire new defense tactic for ATMs.
A backstage tour of the Channel ...