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10 Obscure Electronic Musical Instruments

You are no doubt familiar with the Moog synthesizer, the 1960s instrument that came to represent electronic music for most people, and the Theremin, …

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10 Paradoxes That Will Boggle Your Mind

A paradox is a statement or problem that either appears to produce two entirely contradictory (yet possible) outcomes, or provides proof for …

17 Secrets of a Competitive Eating Champion

Most of the time, Yasir Salem is a mild-mannered marketing director. But on weekends, he regularly pulls off incredible gastrointestinal feats as a …

Stephen Merchant Ponders, What if the Brits Won?

<b>Brought to you by Newcastle Brown Ale</b><p>America, as you prepare to fire up the grill and enjoy the fireworks this Independence Day, Newcastle invites …

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How is SPF Calculated?

I’m a pale person. A very pale person. Which means that during these hot summer months, I carry sunscreen with me at all times, and apply it …

The Man Was Fat Shamed. Then, He Was Game Boy Advance Shamed.

Twitter gives everyone a voice. Too bad some people use that voice to be mean to people they don't know.<p>Today in Japan, the following tweet appeared …

Why Do Students Get Summers Off?

It’s commonly believed that school kids started taking summers off in the 19th century so they’d have time to work on the farm. Nice as that story …

A Question Of Biggitude: What's The Largest Creature On Earth?

What's the biggest living thing on Earth? I can think of two. I'm not sure which is biggest, but neither of them is a blue whale. These are weirder. Much, much weirder.<p>One is a tree. The other eats trees.<p>This is the tree.<p>Now, I know this looks like more than one tree. If you were counting, it looks …

41 Brand Names People Use as Generic Terms

Many items we use every day, like zippers and escalators, were once brand names. Even heroin, which no one should use any day, was a brand name. …

BAN ALL THE BANKS: Here's The Wild Idea That People Are Starting To Take Seriously

Economists have begun seriously discussing the idea of banning banks. That seems ridiculous and far-fetched, but the idea might not be as crazy as it sounds.<p>But before we get to the idea, there's something important that needs to be addressed, which is that people tend to have a gross misconception …

15 Things We Miss About Old-School Gaming

With last year's release of the Playstation 4 and Xbox One, the next generation of video game consoles is already underway. It’s a far cry from the …

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I Was Assaulted For Wearing Google Glass In The Wrong Part Of San Francisco

A colleague and I had just finished covering a march in protest of a Google employee who had recently evicted several tenants after buying and moving into a home in the area.<p>After more than an hour spent working on the story in a coffee shop, I arranged my laptop, camera, and notes in my backpack. …

All 109 Things Wrong With 'The Goonies' in One Brilliant Video

For anyone who grew up in the '80s, "The Goonies" is sacred. Who didn't love the fun and funny action-adventure movie about fellow kids who find a pirate treasure and triumph over the bad guys?<p>But nobody said it was particularly believable or reflective of real life, which the folks at CinemaSins …

NSA: Tech Companies Knew We Collected User Data

Google, Microsoft, Yahoo and other tech giants knew of the existence of the Internet surveillance program PRISM, they just didn't know it was called …

Report: NSA Has Plans To Infect “Millions” Of Computers With Malware

The National Security Agency reportedly has plans to control millions of computers by infecting them with malware, according to documents leaked to The Intercept by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.<p>“In some cases the NSA has masqueraded as a fake Facebook server, using the social media site as a …

The true lives of low-level drug dealers: “What’s the point of surviving if you can’t live?”

“Breaking Bad” this ain’t: The real world of drug dealing is less flashy than TV — and much more complicated<p>Quality cocaine has a sheen to it, like the paint on a lowrider. Shorts, a drug dealer in Albuquerque, flicks a clump with his nail to show me.<p>"See?" he says. "Like fish scales." I'm watching …

How to beat Super Mario Bros. with the lowest score possible

Forget bragging about a high score. What if you set out to beat <i>Super Mario Bros.</i> with the lowest score possible?<p>Well, you'd have to kill nothing, grab nothing, tap the bottom of each flagpole just before time runs out, warp and keep running all the way through level 8-4. That's what YouTube user …

If You Were Elected President, What Would Happen To America?

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FORTUNE — In the wake of a global stock market selloff driven by worries over slower growth in emerging markets, the head of India’s central bank, Raghuram Rajan, criticized the U.S. Federal Reserve as it pressed on with plans to dial back its monthly bond purchases: “International monetary …

That’s a lot of pirating: 68% of Europeans download or stream movies for free

Advertisement<p>5 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / agsandrew<p>How much illegal streaming and downloading is going on in the European Union? A report on …

You Have Already Complied: RoboCop and the All-Too-Feasible Horror of Brain Hacking

In science fiction films, science tends to play the villain. Speculative theories and far-fetched technology wear the old black hat and outsize mustache, and tie us all kicking and screaming to the train tracks. These are adventure stories, ultimately, so why not set cloned dinosaurs and predatory …

The Cosmos, Explained: Neil deGrasse Tyson On His New Series

Tyson will pick up where Carl Sagan left off, hosting a continuation of the "Cosmos" TV series.<p>When astronomer Carl Sagan hosted the 13-part TV Series "Cosmos: A Personal Journey," in 1980, it soon become most widely watched PBS show in the world, and still holds a legendary place in the hearts of …

The Dark Origins of 11 Classic Nursery Rhymes

In the canon of great horror writing, Stephen King, Edgar Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft, Bram Stoker, and Mary Shelley tend to dominate the craft. But …

Sony sells waterproof Walkman in a bottle of water

<b>MP3 players are no longer the hot property they were 10 years ago, but Sony has come up with a novel way to get people buying.</b><p>Sony's waterproof …

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'Batman vs. Superman': Zack Snyder Talks Batman Inspiration, Praises Ben Affleck

Keith Tsuji/Getty Images<p>It's still unclear how exactly Ben Affleck's Batman will fit in to Zack Snyder's upcoming "Man of Steel" sequel, but the director revealed a bit more about his inspiration for the character's arc in a new interview.<p>Talking to Popcorn, a French film magazine (with comments …

Obama defends latest delay to his healthcare law | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Tuesday defended the latest delay in his healthcare law’s employer mandate, saying it follows similar relief his administration has already given to certain individuals.<p>U.S. President Barack Obama addresses a joint news conference with French …

Is Microsoft’s Bing spreading the Chinese government’s censorship around the world?

Search for “达赖喇嘛” (Dalai Lama) in China, and you should expect the results were cleansed by the government. More alarming: China’s censorship seems to extend well beyond its borders for users of Microsoft’s Bing search engine.<p>“It would appear that no matter where you use Bing in the world, …

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Bitstamp halts withdrawals amid targeted attack

The Bitcoin exchange Bitstamp has announced it is suspending withdrawals as a result of the same transaction malleability bug that triggered a freeze at the M. Gox exchange earlier this week. According to Bitcoin core developer Jeff Garzik, the issue is more widespread than the team initially …