2017/02/07

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The Most Romantic Destinations in Each State

Posted: 07 Feb 2017 03:59 AM PST

Traveling with your family, friends or even by yourself is pretty great, but there is really something special about traveling with your partner. If you're going to travel with the one you love (especially near Valentine's Day), you might as well go somewhere romantic.

For those seeking a romantic destination to visit this month, this Travel and Leisure article featuring the most romantic location in each state is a great place to start planning your vacation. Whether you want to go local or make a big romantic trip out of state, the article is filled with fantastic travel ideas.

Ig Nobel Limericks: Unboiled Egg and Unbribed Cops

Posted: 07 Feb 2017 02:00 AM PST

The following is an article from The Annals of Improbable Research, now in all-pdf form. Get a subscription now for only $25 a year!

Ig Nobel achievements distilled into limerick form
by Martin Eiger, Improbable Research Limerick Laureate

The Ig Nobel Prizes honor achievements that first make people LAUGH, then make them THINK. For details of all the Ig Nobel Prizewinning achievements, see each year’s special Ig Nobel issue of the magazine, and also see the list of winners at Improbable Research.

2015 Ig Nobel Chemistry Prize

The prize was awarded to Callum Ormonde and Colin Raston, and Tom Yuan, Stephan Kudlacek, Sameeran Kunche, Joshua N. Smith, William A. Brown, Kaitlin Pugliese, Tivoli Olsen, Mariam Iftikhar, and Gregory Weiss, for inventing a chemical recipe to partially un-boil an egg.

Professor Colin Raston (Image credit: Flinders University)

(The research is documented in the study “Shear-Stress-Mediated Refolding of Proteins from Aggregates and Inclusion Bodies,” Tom Z. Yuan, Callum F. G. Ormonde, Stephan T. Kudlacek, Sameeran Kunche, Joshua N. Smith, William A. Brown, Kaitlin M. Pugliese, Tivoli J. Olsen, Mariam Iftikhar, Colin L. Raston, and Gregory A. Weiss, ChemBioChem, vol. 16, no. 3, February 9, 2015, pp. 393–396.)

No matter how strongly I toiled,
My efforts were constantly foiled.
There’s a recipe now.
Ormonde has shown how
 

2015 Ig Nobel Economics Prize

The prize was awarded to the Bangkok [Thailand] Metropolitan Police, for offering to pay policemen extra cash if the policemen refuse to take bribes.

In Bangkok, the crime is eternal.
It’s brutal, ferocious, infernal.
Policemen fight crime
On the streets all the time,
But keep bribery strictly internal.

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This article is republished with permission from the March-April 2016 issue of the Annals of Improbable Research. You can download or purchase back issues of the magazine, or subscribe to receive future issues. Or get a subscription for someone as a gift!

Visit their website for more research that makes people LAUGH and then THINK.

Facts You May Not Know About <i>Diff'rent Strokes</i>

Posted: 06 Feb 2017 11:59 PM PST

Television shows like Diff'rent Strokes, Webster and The Cosby Show used the family sitcom formula to improve race relations in the 80s, picking up where shows like Good Times, The Jeffersons and What's Happening!! left off in the 70s.

But 80s sitcoms learned how to use the power of cute kids to their advantage, and Diff'rent Strokes star Gary Coleman was the cutest of the bunch.

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Diff'rent Strokes was built around 10-year-old Gary, who was originally set to star in a reboot of The Little Rascals declined by the network, and starring on the show made Gary the highest paid comedic actor for a moment.

This meteoric pay raise was thanks to his parents/managers, who bulldogged the network into giving Gary unprecedented salary bumps- he went from $1800 an episode in the first season to a staggering $70,000 per episode.

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Gary made the show his own, tweaking the catchphrase into the "Wutchoo talkin' 'bout, Willis?" we know and love and working hard for a huge salary he would only see about 25% of, since his parents were "misappropriating" his funds.

He later sued his parents and won $1.3 million for their mishandling of his trust fund.

Read 13 Things You Might Not Know About Diff'rent Strokes at mental_floss

6 Stops on the Hunt for the Holy Grail

Posted: 06 Feb 2017 09:59 PM PST

The Holy Grail is supposedly the cup that Jesus drank from at the Last Supper, on in some traditions, a cup used to catch his blood as He was crucified. It wasn't a sought-after relic until hundreds of years afterward, and may have been used as an incentive to get Christians to fight in the Crusades. And search for it they did, although the facts of that search have been muddled with legends and fictional tales of the quest. While the grail itself may not exist, the places that factor in the stories do. Pictured above is a candidate for the actual grail, in Valencia, Spain.

Kept in the golden Chapel of the Holy Grail and guarded behind glass, the Valencia Chalice doesn’t look like something from the first century. The holy part is specifically the cup at the top, carved from a chocolatey-red agate. (The base, handles, and jewels were added centuries later to add a medieval flare).

In this theory, the holy cup used at Christ’s Last Supper was taken by Saint Peter to Rome, and some time later by a Vatican soldier to Spain, where it landed in Valencia’s Gothic cathedral. This possible history is based less on literary tales and more on archaeological authenticity: The chalice was carbon-dated to the period between the third century BC and second century AD, and manufactured in the Middle East, making it possible it could have been in the possession of Jesus and his disciples.

Read about more places that have to do with the search for the Holy Grail at Atlas Obscura.

(Image credit: Flickr user CucombreLibre)

SEGA Has Uploaded An Entire Catalog Of Retro Game Music To Spotify

Posted: 06 Feb 2017 07:59 PM PST

Retro video game enthusiasts love everything about those old school games- the gameplay, the silly storylines, the difficulty, the awesome pixel sprites and, of course, that uniquely cheesy soundtrack music.

Those simple and catchy chiptunes were made to get stuck in your head for days on end, and the songs created for SEGA's Sonic the Hedgehog franchise are among the catchiest and the cheesiest.

If you're ready to let the sound of Sonic into your head for good then you'll be excited to hear SEGA has uploaded an entire catalog of music from their old games to Spotify, including songs from Sonic, Jet Set Radio, Golden Axe and more!

-Via GameTyrant

Message for the Animal Hospital

Posted: 06 Feb 2017 05:59 PM PST

ChiefAcorn is a tech at a veterinary hospital and shared this email. Maggie was up before anyone else in her house Sunday and had a scare. When you're 12, you really don't know whether your fears are unfounded or if it's time to wake everyone up. But she was really concerned about Shadow. We can be glad that Shadow is okay, because it took the clinic a whole day to find and respond to the email.

Yes, her parents probably calmed her fears as soon as they got up. But it's still a touching episode. -via reddit

8 Tips For Hosting A Board Game Night For Adults

Posted: 06 Feb 2017 03:59 PM PST

The biggest problem with all the epic board games on the market today isn't the price, the complexity or the low print numbers, it's the fact that you typically need three plus people to play.

Games labeled 2+ players usually aren't as fun when played by just two people, and yet these amazing games tend to frighten potential players off with all their rules, dice and pieces (oh so many pieces!).

So do like this Cracked video suggests and invite the right people, pick a game that's easy to play, serve up some booze to lighten the mood but keep your drunk friend from ruining the game and you'll have a box full o' fun!

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The Rock Springs Massacre

Posted: 06 Feb 2017 01:59 PM PST

In 1885, the mining community of Rock Springs, Wyoming, exploded in anger over Chinese laborers working in the mines. None of the coal miners were getting rich, but the immigrants were paid less and diluted the power of the white miner's union demands.

The fight in the mines broke out around 7 a.m. on September 2, 1885, when about ten white miners approached the Chinese workers in coal pit № 6, claiming they had no right to work in the high-yield mine. A brawl erupted between the men and three Chinese miners. One Chinese worker took the fatal blow of a pickaxe to the skull. The site’s foreman broke up the fight, and the white men took off, setting in motion a conflagration that would last into that night.

The gang of men did not retire after the fight; instead they armed themselves with guns, knives, clubs, and hatchets. At 10 o’clock, miners gathered in the Knights of Labor hall, where anger echoed and reverberated. After the meeting they filed into shops and saloons, where barmen soon began to sense the growing hostility and aggression, and at the urging of a Union Pacific official, closed their establishments around 2 p.m. On the move, the mob swelled to some 100 to 150 miners and townspeople, some of them women, armed and looking for what they considered retaliation.

Before the riot was over, 28 people were dead, and the rest of the Chinese were expelled from Rock Springs, set to wander down the tracks. Read the story of the Rock Creek Massacre at Timeline. -via Digg

When eBay Sold Longing And Loss

Posted: 06 Feb 2017 11:59 AM PST

Back in the late 90s/early 00s, when eBay was young and most packages were sent without tracking, buying stuff online was a risky affair.

Auction winners sent in their payments, generally in the form of a money order, then sat around praying their package would arrive, preferably unmangled, in the next two to four weeks.

Some of these packages contained the stuff dreams are made of, and as this comic from The Odd 1s Out shows those lost and otherwise unreceived packages full of happiness will haunt us for the rest of our lives. AND NOW MY COLLECTION WILL NEVER BE COMPLETE! WAAAAAGGH!

-Via Geeks Are Sexy

The Sweet SnuSnu - Aka Branigan's Curse

Posted: 06 Feb 2017 09:59 AM PST


The Sweet SnuSnu by Firebeard

To hear Zapp Branigan tell it Leela was hot for his bod and couldn't keep her eye off of him, and the hypnotic sway of his buttocks playing just beneath his standard issue sexy tunic shirt drove her mad with lust. She jumped his bones as he came out of the restroom and the two made sweet, sweet snusnu all night long...which is, of course a total lie. I wish I could tell you that the part about Leela and Zapp sleeping together was a lie, but it's the only true part of the story, the rest is another Branigan original that keeps becoming more ridiculous every time he tells it. Leela got wasted, and she was in a bad way in life and all, and that sleazebag Zapp somehow conned her into going to his quarters, and the rest is another skeleton for Leela's closet of regret!

People won't be able to take their eye off of you when you're wearing this The Sweet SnuSnu t-shirt by Firebeard, and you'll be able to tell them all that you're an entertainment envoy from the future...

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The Banana Republics

Posted: 06 Feb 2017 09:59 AM PST

We've postedbefore about banana republics, but the story is a long and sordid one, so there are always details you didn't know about. Sam O'Nella Academy (previously at Neatorama) colorfully explains how the banana republics came into being. Contains NSFW language.  

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This overview, while both entertaining and horrifying, barely scratches the surface of the violence and misery these trade wars brought to Central and South America. The 'nanners must flow! -via reddit

Make Your Bathroom Classy With This Boozy Toilet Paper Holder

Posted: 06 Feb 2017 08:59 AM PST

There's something fun about his-and-her towels in a bathroom -but why should the concept stop there? Now you can really class up your bathroom with a his-and-her toilet paper holder designed to hold both wine and beer. It's also a great gift for those heavy drinkers who don't want to commit to either a can of beer or a glass of wine.

You can pick up this excellent Valentine's Day gift at SOLIDink3D's Etsy shop.

Via Incredible Things

Woman Meets Kitten and Can’t Sleep Until She Adopts Him

Posted: 06 Feb 2017 07:59 AM PST

The Atlanta Humane Society was looking for a home for Grant, an adorable special needs kitten. Grant has cerebellar hypoplasia, a condition we first posted about in 2007. Grant was passed over by many potential adopters, but when Emma Wheat met him at a PetCo event, she couldn't get him out of her head.

Emma Wheat didn’t rush headlong into the adoption, but after meeting Grant and getting to know him for a minute or two, Emma went home and did her homework on Grant’s condition and what it would mean to take him into her home. Come next morning, Emma was the first person in line at the Human Society, a big smile on her face as she asked to adopt Grant then and there. She’d done her due diligence and found that not only was she able to take Grant into her home, she simply couldn’t wait any longer.

Having learned what she would need to do in order to keep up with his medical needs, Emma then made preparations for Grant to come home with her before ever making her way back to the Human Society. Emma even professed that she couldn’t sleep the night before adopting him, claiming that she was ready and more than willing to take Grant into her home.

Grant is doing well and is having fun in his new home. Eventually, the kitten will have a job of sorts. Wheat is a music therapist for children who have developmental disabilities, and Grant will be a fine example of how disabilities don't preclude happiness. Read his entire story at KittenToob. 

Things About America That Make No Sense to People in Other Countries

Posted: 06 Feb 2017 06:59 AM PST

America's a big place and it's also kind of weird in some ways. TopTenz has collected ten strange things about the US that might actually seem normal to Americans, but seem very odd from an outsider's perspective. For example, beastiality is still legal in nine US states but premarital sex or co-habitating before marriage is still illegal in four states. Also, 30% of Americans would rather save money than get necessary medical treatment.

Perhaps most strangely, the American government has official advice for those who want to report Elvis sightings.

So check out the whole list at TopTenz.

Formality

Posted: 06 Feb 2017 05:59 AM PST

You may tell yourself that you don't follow cultural rules of rank, formality, and etiquette, but that's only because what you know and do are so ingrained that it's unconscious. I don't have a smartphone, which makes a situation like this much simpler. However, I've had discussions with my kids in which they were forced to explain why they follow the steps of modern communication formalities they way they do. Only then did they understand how complicated and ridiculous those unwritten rules can be. Yeah, texting because someone may be in class makes plenty of sense, but in other situations, you can just go ahead and admit that you want to control the timing of responses for maximum effect. This is the latest comic from Zach Weinersmith at SMBC Comics.

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