Filed under The Past Really Was in Color: Sources swear these aren't photoshopped and that high-quality color photography has been around for a century. The pics are surreal, like actually stepping into the past.
Filed under Exercise Can Kill You Faster: On average, barring interruption or intervention, mammals regardless of size are allotted 1.5 billion heartbeats. The fluttering mouse heart, therefore, is destined to run through that allotment a lot faster than the slow boom-ba-boom elephant heart will. Therefore, the non-sequitur I choose for selfish convenience is that jogging obviously will shorten your lifespan, and I shall not do it, oh no.
Filed under Yet Another Thing to Remind You Your Reality Is a New Human Condition: Answering the phone with the word “hello” —mind-bogglingly and circuitously related to “holla!” (old English for “stop”)—is a 20th Century accident. Alexander Graham Bell proposed “Ahoy,” presciently anticipating the 21st Century's “Talk Like a Pirate” day.
Filed under The Grossest Thing You'll Hear All May-Day: Spring tradition in Dongyang—yes, that could be the most ironic Anglicization ever—is to eat eggs boiled in prepubescent boy urine. Local residents suppose 23 cents isn't too much to pay for something that “tastes like spring.”
Filed under Stuff You Shouldn't Laugh At: Yeah, but it's funny anyway. There will be tears.
Filed under Everybody Loves Ramen: According to Wikipedia (source citation really needed), the Japanese voted instant ramen as the most significant invention of the 20th Century, presumably above panty vending machines. But I defy you to name more important human discoveries than butter, sugar, and salt. Put that in your croissant and bake it, Madame Curie.
Filed under Are Those Sprouts, Long-Hair? The Sandwich, Mass., police department now the most likely to go on steak-outs for unauthorized dagwoods.
Filed under Chinese Factory Water Torture: The ultra-pure water they use to clean the semiconductors in your iPhone could kill you if you drank it, just suck all the vital minerals right out of your bloodstream.
Filed under They Took Our Jobs—Back to Asia: Between 1995 and 2005, over half of all Silicon Valley start-ups were launched by immigrants educated in the US. Due to tighter immigration regulations, immigrants are taking innovation back to China and India. Remember those great, American Dream romance stories about the contributions of the poor, tired, and huddled masses? These days, immigrants wave goodbye to Lady Liberty on their way home.
Filed under Beautiful Incomprehensibility: Pictures from the Hubble telescope.
Filed under Schroedinger's Cataract: For the first time, physicists have observed quantum entanglement with the naked eye. Crash course in quantum entanglement: What Einstein called “spooky action at a distance” was the apparent interconnectedness of disconnected photons; i.e., one light particle is tampered with over here, another one reacts on the other side of the universe. The weirdest part: These physicists had to make themselves part of the experiment, sitting in a dark room watching a pretty light show, which seems to my not-a-physicist understanding a conflict with what we learned from Shroedinger's Cat: Observers see what they expect to see. I'd keep going, but my brain hurts already.