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20+ Weird Things That Book Addicts Do

Sometimes we all do weird things that make us unique and fun. Some of these unusual habits relate to our hobbies.<p>Reading Quirks is a webcomic series, …

Roman Roads

The long straight roads built by the Romans wherever they conquered have, in many cases, become just as famous names in history as their greatest …

Ancient History

The Most Successful Brands Focus on Users — Not Buyers

What makes a brand successful in the digital age? A joint study by SAP, Siegel+Gale, and Shift Thinking suggests that digital brands don’t just do things differently; they also think differently. Where traditional brands focus on positioning their brands in the <i>minds</i> of their customers, digital …

Customer Experience

AI Just Learned How to Boost the Brain's Memory

When it comes to black boxes, there is none more black than the human brain. Our gray matter is so complex, scientists lament, that it can’t quite …

How ‘vomiting’ can help make you a better writer

Author Chloe Higgins finds vomiting really helps the writing process.<p>Fully sick: Author Chloe Higgins prepares for her writing workshop where she …

Self-confidence

Your orange juice exists because of climate change in the Himalayas millions of years ago

According to a genetic analysis of almost 60 varieties of citrus fruits<p>Citrus trees migrated from the Himalayas to the rest of the world after sudden changes in the climate 6 to 8 million years ago, according to new research. As citrus spread, it changed, eventually bringing sweet orange juice to …

Habitats

The special data device SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy sent to orbit is just the start

On board the Tesla Roadster that Elon Musk sent hurtling towards the sun, aiming for a long, leisurely Earth-Mars orbit, there were a few pieces of miscellaneous cargo.<p>A so-called ‘Starman,’ which is a life-size mannequin wearing a production version of the SpaceX crew spacesuit; a miniature car …

Falcon Heavy

Yes, A Donut-Shaped Planet Is Technically Possible

Have you ever wondered why every planet we know about is shaped like a sphere? Why not a cube, or an hourglass? While those—and let's be honest, most …

Black Holes

Mind-Bending New Paper Could Explain The Strange 'Patterns' Within Our Solar System

Meet pilot wave gravity.<p>There's a strange pattern in our Solar System – if you look at the orbits of the first seven planets, each one gets …

The Oxford comma debate gets Maine drivers $5 million

The Oxford comma is probably the most divisive punctuation mark in the English language: academics root for it, journalists are torn over it, and the …

14 Changes to Make in Your 30s to Ensure Lifelong Success

<i>By Shana Lebowitz</i><p>Sam Walton founded Walmart at age 44; Julia Child published her first cookbook at 60. Your best years may be way ahead of you.<p>It'll …

How Tom Tryniski digitized nearly 50 million pages of newspapers in his living room

<b>Tom Tryniski does not lock his doors.</b> He spends most days sitting in his living room in Fulton, New York, 30 miles northwest of Syracuse, in front of …

People are flying around in these jumbo personal drones in China [VIDEO]

Between this and Starman's Tesla in space, it's a weird week.<p>CNN:<p>Chinese company Ehang offered a glimpse this week of what could lie ahead, releasing …

15 Short Story Collections Everyone Should Read

Great literature in small portions<p>Last December, a short story by Kristen Roupenian called 'Cat Person' went viral. It was a reminder of the power the form can wield, and a great advert for literature in an era dominated by other mediums.<p>Short stories, of course, have the added advantage of being …

Books

12 Words to Know for the Winter Olympics : Axel

The French word for <i>sled</i> gives us the riding implement and event called <i>luge</i>. Among the three track sledding sports—luge, skeleton, and bobsled—luge is …

Literature

The 8 Best (and 4 Worst) Twist Endings in Scifi and Fantasy Movies

Scifi and fantasy films are famously fond of twist endings. Certainly, authors like Richard Matheson and TV shows like <i>The Twilight Zone</i> are a big …

Did Ancient Greeks Sail to Canada?

Plutarch is a well-respected biographer and writer. Archaeologist Ioannis Liritzis and his colleagues dug into records of past astronomical events to …

Ancient History

Comparing the Sizes of Robots in Movies

In addition to this blog, Laughing Squid is also an independently owned web hosting company with a focus on WordPress hosting. The revenue from our …

Download 150 Free Coloring Books from Great Libraries, Museums & Cultural Institutions: The British Library, Smithsonian, Carnegie Hall & More

A news alert for fans of coloring books.<p>You can now take part in the 2018 edition of #ColorOurCollections–a campaign where museums, libraries and …

Tardigrades — the microscopic, oddly cute toughest animals on Earth — explained

Six facts about the toughest animal on Earth.<p>Paul Bartels gets a rush every time he discovers a new species of tardigrade, the <b>phylum</b> of microscopic animals best known for being both strangely cute and able to survive the <b>vacuum of space</b>.<p>”The first paper I wrote describing a new species, there was a …

Biology

13 Mnemonic Sentences To Boost Your General Knowledge

It’s fair to say that Richard—an ennobled great-grandson of King Edward III—dying at the Battle of Wakefield in 1460 probably isn’t the most well …

Wonderful 3D Geometric Masks That Can Be Made Out of Cardboard

UK-based designer Steve Wintercroft has made the designs for his wonderful 3D polygonal masks available for purchase through his website and his Etsy …

A $500 PC and an AI Did a Way Better Job Erasing Henry Cavill's Justice League Mustache Than Expensive VFX

There’s a long list of things wrong with the <i>Justice League</i> movie, not the least of which being the hasty and poorly-executed digital removal of Henry …

Artificial Intelligence

We're all pronouncing Pyeongchang wrong — here's the right way to say it

Alexander Hassenstein/Getty<p><b>The 2018 Winter Olympics will be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea.</b>• <b><br>The pronunciation of Pyeongchang, a county in the</b> …

Interstellar Asteroids Like 'Oumuamua Could Rewrite the Origins of Life on Earth

Late last year, astronomers detected the first known interstellar asteroid, dubbed ‘Oumuamua. New research suggests these exotic objects are more …

Petra Lost and Found

In the early 1800s, a Swiss explorer tricked his way into Petra, the ancient oasis whose location had been a closely guarded secret for centuries.<p>Deep within Jordan’s desolate desert canyons and rugged mountains lies an ancient treasure, the stone city of Petra. A UNESCO World Heritage Site and one …

11 Secrets of Book Conservators

Books might contain timeless wisdom, but the objects themselves aren’t immortal. In addition to normal wear and tear, they can succumb to mold, …

Plagiarism Software Unveils a New Source for 11 of Shakespeare’s Plays

For years scholars have debated what inspired William Shakespeare’s writings. Now, with the help of software typically used by professors to nab cheating students, two writers have discovered an unpublished manuscript they believe the Bard of Avon consulted to write “King Lear,” “Macbeth,” “Richard …

Literature

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