Monday, September 12th, 2016
Who would have guessed that finding a buyer for a building shaped like a massive picnic basket would be difficult?
Friday, September 9th, 2016
Let’s close out the week with a simple and amusing image of a ghost football player (who I guess is presumably naked save for his head protection).
Thursday, September 8th, 2016
After reading this profile on the National Tracing Center, you’ll be amazed that any criminal has ever been caught on the basis of the gun used. You may also be appalled with the power the gun lobby has, which enabled them to ban a centralized computer database.
Wednesday, September 7th, 2016
At an abandoned nuclear weapons bunker in Poland, a colony of wood ants lives underground in a cold, barren state of near-starvation. And yet, despite the incredibly harsh conditions, an enormously high death rate, and an utter lack of queens, this colony grows in size each year. Why? Because every year, thousands of worker ants fall down from a parent colony, and cannot climb back out. They join this sad, dystopian little ant world, and fight to survive. The whole thing is incredibly creepy, and more than a little disturbing. Enjoy!
Tuesday, September 6th, 2016
In an effort to prevent piracy, major film studios pay companies to scour the Internet in search of illegal content and then submit copyright infringement complaints. Often, these companies aren’t terribly fastidious, lumping non-infringing content in with illegal sharing. A new low may have been reached, however, as Warner Bros. has flagged its own website for piracy.
Monday, September 5th, 2016
In 2014, a British man died as a result of a severe lung malady. Now, almost two years later, doctors believe they’ve solved the mystery. It turns out, the bagpipes did it.
Friday, September 2nd, 2016
Speaking of bizarre stories out of China, the country is apparently now producing knockoff North Koreans. These fake defectors are then able to gain asylum, and benefits, in Europe.
Thursday, September 1st, 2016
A very long, very high bridge just opened in China, and it features a rather terrifying floor made up of transparent glass panes. Visitors will be able to stand 300 meters above the ground, between two mountains, and look directly down. So, how do you placate visitors who might be frightened about the safety of all this?
Apparently one option is to smash one of the panes with a sledgehammer. From the looks of the photo, it seems like everyone got a whack, which would be a hell of an addition to an already stunning attraction.
Wednesday, August 31st, 2016
D.A. Henderson was one of the people who rid the world of smallpox, saving millions of lives in the process. He passed away recently, and Brady Dennis took the time to share an amusing story:
“I used to bring home smallpox in my pocket,” he said merrily. “I would store them in the fridge until I could get them back to the lab.”
Nowadays, having smallpox in your fridge is likely to lead to you being locked away in federal prison. Those were simpler, germier times.
Tuesday, August 30th, 2016
I love atomic age design1, and these photographs of New Jersey motels capture some wonderful examples.