Category Archive: USA

Jun 02 2014

Don’t try this at Home: Burning Pollen

What do you do when all the cottonwood trees growing along the river, by which you park your van, drop all their pollen on your doorstep? You burn it off obviously. I know, most people get along just fine in life by ignoring the fluffy-cotton stuff, but that’s not your style. You’re not one to …

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May 30 2014

I Suspected as Much: The Moon has Faster WiFi than you do

How many of you are actually happy with your internet service? I know I’m not. Unfortunately I live in an area where there is only one choice for broadband internet so I’m just all kinds of buggered. As it turns out my goal of moving to the moon will probably get me faster internet speeds. …

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May 30 2014

Nothing to See Here: Just Otters Playing the Organ

Given enough time a million otters on a million keyboards will reproduce the entire works of Bach. “Ah, Bach.” While it may look like a great way to entertain visitors, allowing the otters to play with the musical instrument also serves an scientific purpose. Known as environmental enrichment, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo explains that the …

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May 30 2014

Crapping Down Both Legs: Glass Floor of 103rd Floor Observation Deck Cracks

On the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower in Chicago there are a group of 4 observation boxes called skydecks. These skydecks are made entirely of glass and they stick out of the building over nothing but a 1300 foot drop. Luckily that glass is safe an unbreakable according to Willis Tower staff. At least …

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May 29 2014

Sneaky: MIT is Developing a Camouflage Generator

A team at MIT is currently working on a new camouflage system to hide objects in public places. They claim that it’s not for any nefarious reasons, but they’re a bunch of college students and professors so I’m sure there will be an invisible coffee table on a sidewalk somewhere. The idea behind MIT’s camouflage …

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May 27 2014

United Stated of Embarrassment: What Each State Googles more than Any Other

The folks at Estately spent some time checking out Google Trends recently and created a map of the US cataloging the search that each state makes more than any other. As you can see from the results. Most of you should be ashamed of yourselves. If I lived in some of these states I would …

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May 27 2014

Good Dog: Dog Takes a Drone for a Walk

The animal world seems to be getting along pretty well with the robot world. I’m guessing there is some sort of mutually beneficial agreement between the two parties for when the robots rise up and take over the earth. The dogs probably asked for exclusive rule of the European continent and cats demanded that they …

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May 26 2014

Happy Memorial Day 2014

Years ago I wrote a poem after a particularly touching flag retiring ceremony that would be very fitting to share here. Unfortunately I haven’t seen that notebook in a long time so you will just have to pretend I shared something deep and heartwarming. Everyone be sure to spend some time with your families today. …

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May 21 2014

Newsworthy: Colorado River Reaches the Sea

If you weren’t aware the Colorado river hasn’t reached the ocean in quite some time. Decades actually. But thanks to some political back and forth US recently released “a huge pulse of water” to cause the river to flow all the way to the sea once more. So last Thursday at high tide the river …

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May 21 2014

Not Sure About This: New Ride Drops You 300 Feet Face First

Busch Gardens in Tampa, Florida is finishing construction on a new ride they’re calling Falcon’s Fury that will open this Summer. When riders get to the top—as many as 32 at one time—their seats are tilted forward 90 degrees so that they’re directly facing the ground when released. And during the first 100 feet of …

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