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Police Chief Doesn’t Know You Can’t OD on Pot

Michael Pristoop, the top cop in Annapolis, Maryland, believed a fake news story that said that 37 people fatally overdosed on weed in Colorado when pot became legal there. That's, uh, probably not great.<p><i>Photo via Flickr user Quinn Dombrowski</i><p>Last Tuesday, during a hearing on legislation that would …

Crime

19 Hipster Logos Rebranded As Evil Corporate Doppelgängers

What would the Dogfish Head logo look like if it were as mainstream as Miller Lite?<p>What would the brands most popular among hipsters look like if they were recreated in the style of their corporate counterparts? What if Intelligentsia Coffee’s logo looked like Starbucks’s, or Best Made’s like Home …

Graphic Design

Can Gadgets Really Tell The Future?

A new concept from an Israeli designer is surprisingly plausible.<p>Future Control, from Israeli designer Dor Tal, is a concept that seems like something out of a sci-fi novel: a wristband and pico projector that can tell the future. But really the idea of such a gadget isn’t all that far-fetched. In …

Gear & Gadgets

Challenging the Bing-It-On Challenge

Did you find this blog post through Bing? Probably not — 67% of worldwide searches go through Google, 18% through Bing. But Microsoft has advertised …

Crowdsourcing Black Market Prices For Prescription Opioids

Data about the street price of diverted prescription opioid medications can be useful to policymakers and public health officials, but timely and …

16 Revelations About Sports And Genetics From The Book That Destroys The 10,000-Hour Rule

But the book goes way beyond that, and has an incredible number of tidbits about everything from lung size in Kenyan runners to superhuman eye sight among MLB players.<p>It's a fantastic read about just how meaningful of a role gene play in determining who becomes a world-class athlete.<p>We picked out …

Summer Olympics

38 Wonderful Words With No English Equivalent

Sometimes we must turn to other languages to find <i>le mot juste</i>. Here are a whole bunch of foreign words with no direct English equivalent.<p><b>1.</b> …

10 Hotel Secrets from Behind the Front Desk

<b>By Jacob Tomsky</b><p>Jacob has worked on the front lines of hotels for more than a decade, starting as a lowly valet in New Orleans and ultimately landing …

Can Animals Really Anticipate Natural Disasters?

In 2004, when an 810-mile swath of the Sunda megathrust fault ruptured beneath the Indian Ocean, it triggered a 9.1 magnitude undersea earthquake off …

Morning Heart Rate and "Functional" Overtraining

Weekly averages, rather than daily measurements, help you keep tabs on fatigue.<p>There's an interesting article just published in <i>Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise</i> on "evidence of parasympathetic hyperactivity" as a marker of overtraining. It has some interesting insights on the causes and …

Exercise

Top 21 under-the-radar destinations

From Canada’s Yukon wilderness to the mountaintops of India, these unconventional holiday destinations will lead you off the beaten path and onto an adventure all your own.

National Parks

17 Web Toys for Your Procrastination Pleasure

Sometimes you need to take a break from work and just veg out by doing something mindless and pleasant. TV or a game of solitaire is good for that, …

20 Cool Pictures of Heterochromia Eyes

Having eyes of different colors is called ‘complete heterochromia’. The phenomenon is most often seen with animals, especially cats and dogs like the …

Money Buys Happiness and You Can Never Have Too Much, New Research Says

Richer countries are happier than poor countries. And richer families within richer countries are happier, too.<p>Reuters<p>Americans have a peculiar conviction that the one thing money can't give us is satisfaction. <i>You can't buy happiness</i>, we've all been told. "Mo Money Mo Problems", Biggie concurred. …

Education and Wealth

You want my advice, you should pour a tall cup-a-Joe and settle in to read this essay by Sean Reardon in Sunday's <i>New York Times</i> on education and wealth. He covers a lot of ground, but the theme that resonated most with me is one I've stressed often in these parts regarding the growing evidence of …

Austerity: Planned Poverty

If a math textbook that never underwent an official academic review and was proven to contain basic factual inaccuracies was nonetheless used to teach math by an entire school, wouldn't it be fair to say that all of that school's graduates were incapable of doing math? Wouldn't it make more sense …

The changing facts in the Boston investigation

Important details like the suspects’ weapons, NYC plans and the shootout keep changing. It’s fueling conspiracies<p>In the aftermath of massive, complicated crimes it's not uncommon for a bit of crucial information to be immediately put forward by police, only to be contradicted later on. While it's …

What If the Tsarnaevs Had Been the “Boston Shooters”?

Here’s a little mental experiment. Imagine, for a moment, that the Tsarnaev brothers, instead of packing a couple of pressure cookers loaded with nails and explosives into their backpacks a week ago Monday, had stuffed inside their coats two assault rifles—Bushmaster AR-15s, say, of the type that …

How the World Treats Terrorist Suspects

The Boston Marathon bomber was read his rights. How would he be treated in other countries?<p><b>Yesterday the White House settled the debate about whether Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev would be designated an enemy combatant with a forceful no.</b><p>Instead he will be tried as a civilian in …

8 Inspiring Stories About Runners

One of the many amazing stories to come out of the Boston Marathon tragedy is that of the blood-donating runners. In case you haven’t read about it, …

The Other Brothers

Joe Morrissey and his younger brother Brendan grew up in Athenry, a small town in County Galway, and moved to Boston about twenty years ago. Both brothers are tall and fit—they used to belong to a hurling team—and have Irish accents. Shy and soft-spoken, Joe looks a little like Clive Owen, and runs …

Pictures: This Week in Boston

In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing, the city finds itself in mourning and on high alert while a manhunt ensues.

Applicants wanted for a one-way ticket to Mars

<b>Want to go to Mars? Dutch organisation Mars One says it will open applications imminently. It would be a one-way trip, and the company hopes to build a community of settlers on the planet.</b><p>Uncharted waters, mountains or far away lands have always drawn explorers. History books show that desire for …

Nobel Prize

18 Complicated Scientific Ideas Explained Simply

In 2012, Randall Munroe of the webcomic xkcd published a description of the Saturn V rocket using only the 1000 most frequent words in English. Under …

How to Fix College Coaching?

Photo Credit: tedkerwin via Compfight cc<p>Rutgers University fired <b>Mike Rice</b> – the head basketball coach – last Wednesday. This firing came about after …

How Much Does Your Name Matter? A New Freakonomics Radio Podcast - Freakonomics

Our latest Freakonomics Radio podcast is called “How Much Does Your Name Matter?” (You can download/subscribe at iTunes, get the RSS feed, or listen …

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"The Most Bountiful Food in Human History?"

(Photo Credit: Mike V)<p>A reader named <b>Ralph Thomas</b> observes the following:<p>It has been my gut-level (sorry, pun) feeling for a while now that the …