Monday: August 1, 2011
- Turns out that coin tosses don't really provide fifty-fifty odds.
As usual, it's humanity that messes things up. When flipped by a machine, coins come up heads a solid fifty percent of the time, and tails the other fifty percent. Put the fate of the coin in grubby human hands and the odds tip slightly in favor of the side that faces up just before the coin is flipped. The side that was face up at the beginning of the flip has a fifty-one percent chance of landing face-up at the end. Humans are not as precise as machines, and so the coin rotates around several axes instead of one.
Monday: July 18, 2011
- A handy list of poets ranked by... beard weight.
Typifying a once-popular, but nowadays seldom-encountered species of turn-of-the-century ephemera,Poets Ranked by Beard Weight has become a rarity much prized by bibliophiles, and one that still stands out as a particular curiosity among the many colorful curiosities of the period. Its author, one Upton Uxbridge Underwood (1881 – 1937), was a deipnosophist, clubman, and literary miscellanist with a special interest in tonsorial subjects.
Thursday: April 15, 2010
- A collection of the world's strangest buildings for you to gawk at.
Sorry, but you won't find any, as Travel & Leisure puts it, 'goofball novelty' buildings on this list. On the plus side, if you've always wanted to see what a bar-code building looks like then this post has your numeric ID all over it.
Tuesday: April 6, 2010
- Eleven of the strangest how-to books you can currently find on Amazon.
Turns out there is a how-to book out there for any and all subject that you can probably think of and that includes caring for and raising your very own mythical creatures. My personal favorite from this list though is 'How to Avoid Huge Ships' - which apparently is a serious offering in terms of boat safety.
Tuesday: March 30, 2010
- Fifteen things about The Simpsons you may not have previously known about.
I had no idea that every Simpsons family member's middle name started with the letter J. Also it's nice to see that 'D'oh' is officially part of our English dictionary. Have you pulled a Homer today?
Thursday: March 4, 2010
- Twelve very creative home wallpapers for your viewing pleasure.
If pixelated wallpaper isn't your thing there are ton of other interesting designs listed over on the other side of the click. The color palette/wallpaper idea sounds like a fun weekend project as Home Depot sure doesn't seem to mind the taking of those free swatch colors (you may need multiple trips to get away with it though).
Tuesday: March 2, 2010
- Ten of the geekiest ties for your viewing pleasure.
Fellow nerds in the workplace: I urge you to get out there and wear your geek pride proudly to work in tie-form. You make us all proud. Bonus points to anyone who rocks the eight-bit tie (a personal favorite of mine).
Wednesday: December 16, 2009
- Thirteen photos of strange Christmas trees for you to gawk at.
Behold the wonder that is the beer bottle Christmas tree or even stranger yet... an upside-down Christmas tree. How about a Christmas tree made from other Christmas trees? This carnival of oddness never stops!
Wednesday: November 4, 2009
- Twelve of the coolest MP3 players you'll see today.
Your PEZ dispenser, while serving as a great vessel for your sugary candies, can also double as a 512 megabyte MP3 player. Want one of your own? Turns out thet PEZ people found out that selling candy was more profitable than candy-dispensing MP3 players. Oh well.
Monday: September 28, 2009
- Fifteen designs inspired by Tetris just for you.
I'm still looking to get my hands on some of those Tetris ice cube trays. Now where is my thin piece so can clear this four-liner? Thin piece, FTW.
Monday: September 14, 2009
- Ten fascinating swimming pools for your viewing pleasure.
This elegant and modern boutique hotel is most remarkable for its amazing blood-red pool and the tall trees that seem to grow in, around and through the building.
Friday: September 11, 2009
- Twenty odd musical instruments that you can actually play online.
A neat gallery of playable instruments (must have Adobe Flash to actually play instruments) by inventor Harry Partch. According to Wikipedia, Partch invented and constructed instruments that could underscore the intoning voice.
Wednesday: August 26, 2009
- Seven amazing circular geological oddities for you to gawk at.
All of these oddities were found via Google Earth which happens to be a great circular geological oddity finder.
Tuesday: August 25, 2009
- Eight people who accidentally found a fortune.
After reading this article I now have a sudden strange urge to go clean out my attic.
Tuesday: August 4, 2009
- Modding game consoles can land you ten years in prison.
Yes folks, hacking your favorite console to play pirated video games does indeed violate the Digitial Millenium Copyright Act. Honestly, who knew?