Always Bring Your Weasel to a Basilisk Fight

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If only this man had remembered to bring his weasel when he decided to draw on a basilisk… From Pliny’s Natural History: There is the same power also in the serpent called the basilisk. It is produced in the province of Cyrene, being not more than twelve fingers in length. It has a white spot [Read More...]

Pentacycles

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From our Failed Inventions files: pentacycles, designed for mailmen in 1882. I can’t understand why they didn’t catch on. [Read more...]

Giant Jenga!

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Defleshing Rituals and Boiled Brains

Ancient brain (Halic University Istanbul)

It’s Monday morning, and we all know what that means: stories about ancient defleshing rituals and 4000-year-old brains. Let’s start with the defleshing, since it’s a word I just don’t get to use enough any more: Archaeologists have recently published in the International Journal of Osteoarcheology, a full report on the discovery of early Holocene [Read More...]

South Korea to Build Invisible Skyscraper …

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… right next to an airport. What could go wrong? International architectural firm GDS Architects reports that it’s received a construction permit to begin building “the world’s first invisible tower.” The Tower Infinity will stand 450 meters (1,476 feet) and be situated in Cheongna, near the Incheon Airport just outside of Seoul. Like other concepts [Read More...]

A Snail With a Translucent Shell

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A new species of snail discovered deep in a Croatian cave has a translucent shell: Zospeum tholussum – belongs to a genus of minute air-breathing land snails that cannot see to find their way around and are considered to be true eutroglobionts that only live in dark, underground caves. The fragile snail has a beautifully [Read More...]

Dungeons and Dragons and Demons and Dopes

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So last week I shared a little video on Facebook, adding some mocking comments. Here it is: Oh Pat. PatPatPatPatPat. What are we going to do with you, you crazy knucklehead, you!? I decided, at the time, not to post it here because it gives Pat Robertson a kind of credibility and importance he’s never [Read More...]

Our Weird and Wonderful World

MagnetPutty

Magnetic Putty Time Lapse would be an excellent name for a rock band: Posted by Scott Lawson, who has this to say: Magnetic putty time lapse as it absorbs a rare-earth magnet. Taken over 1.5 hours at 3fps, played back at 24fps. The magnetic putty will eventually arrange itself so that the outer surface is [Read More...]


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