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For Only $1 You Could Stop Nickleback From Making Music Forever - PAPER

Nickleback's brainwashing technique, illustrated above.<p>Nickleback, widely known and accepted as the worst band ever, could finally be stopped. It's hard to imagine a force of nature strong enough to eradicate a band that's been successfully making music for fourteen years, despite having zero fans. …

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If Your Future Self Came Back to Visit You, How Would You Know They Were Really You?

<i>If your future self came back in time to meet you and was unrecognizable, what system would you use so that they could convince you that they were you?: originally appeared on Quora: The best answer to any question. Ask a question, get a great answer. Learn from experts and get insider knowledge.</i> …

Woman Gets Third Breast Implanted in Hopes of Getting Her Own Reality Show

We’ve seen lots of bizarre plastic surgery stories in the past, but this one surpasses them all – a 21-year-old woman went and got herself a third …

Where Are They Now?, A Short Animated Film About the Current Lives of Old Cartoon Characters

“Where Are They Now?” is a short animated film by Steve Cutts that shows the current lives of old cartoon characters. The film is narrated by Jessica …

The Boy Who Cried Literally

These portraits of Playboy Bunnies many years later are a fascinating reflection on age and beauty

Stephen King vs. Edgar Allan Poe in Epic Rap Battles of History

“<i>Poe’s poems pwn posers!</i>”<p>Authors Stephen King and Edgar Allan Poe face off in a new episode of <i>Epic Rap Battles of History</i>. The song is available to …

The Bottle Boys Perform a Cover of Michael Jackson’s Song ‘Billie Jean’ Using Beer Bottles as Instruments

The five Denmark-based members of The Bottle Boys recently performed a fantastic cover of the hit 1982 song “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson using …

A TED-Ed Animation Explaining How Optical Illusions Fool Our Brains

“How Do Optical Illusions Work” is a TED-Ed animation by educator Nathan S. Jacobs, animator Lisa LaBracio and director Biljana Labovic that explains …

Is Paranormal Research Pseudoscience?

"I am appalled that pseudoscience such as this is occurring at UVA and also appalled that the Virginia Magazine would stoop so low as to promote this 'research' as a cover story."<p>This was one reader's reaction to an article on Dr. Jim Tucker's reincarnation research at the University of …

Edible Mist Machine Lets You Inhale Bacon Without The Calories

Suck it, Jenny Craig.<p>Now you can inhale all of your guilty pleasures without that good ol' American caloric intake. Lick Me I'm Delicious, a group of foodie inventors out of the United Kingdom, says its Edible Mist Machine can emit 200 different "delicious" flavored vapors for your enjoyment. We …

Doctors Say Humans Ready for Suspended Animation

<b>What's the Latest?</b><p>By dramatically cooling down the bodies of trauma patients from the inside, surgeons at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh …

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Illustrations of Pop Culture Characters as Brain-Eating Zombies

Las Vegas artist Albert F. Montoya has created a series of illustrations that reimagine pop culture video game, movie, cartoon, and comic book …

The Mathematics of Murder: Should a Robot Sacrifice Your Life to Save Two?

It happens quickly—more quickly than you, being human, can fully process.<p>A front tire blows, and your autonomous SUV swerves. But rather than veering left, into the opposing lane of traffic, the robotic vehicle steers right. Brakes engage, the system tries to correct itself, but there’s too much …

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The Psychology of Color in Marketing and Branding

A comprehensive look at the role color plays in marketing and how it impacts customer engagement.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The psychology of color as it relates to persuasion is one of the most interesting--and most controversial--aspects of marketing.<p><b>The reason:</b> …

10 Questions Still Baffling Scientists

<i>Science has done a terrific job of answering some of the world’s most difficult questions, but certain mysteries still elude researchers. How does</i> …

Children’s Endearing Letters to Judy Blume About Masturbation, and the Beloved Author’s Response

In 1879, Mark Twain delivered a brilliant satirical lecture about masturbation, mocking the cultural hypocrisies around a practice so prevalent, so natural, yet so condemned. Nearly 130 years later, science writer extraordinaire Mary Roach traced the perilous religious roots of these hypocrisies. …

Tibetan Buddhist Teachings on Death and Impermanence

While I am not a Buddhist, I find the Tibetan Buddhist teachings on death a source of great wisdom and potential liberation -- particularly for those still under the influence of the death taboo in the west. Sogyal Rinpoche, author of <i>The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying</i>, has a particular skill in …

Freud’s Life and Legacy, in a Comic

While Freud may have engineered his own myth and many of his theories may have been disputed in the decades since his heyday, he remains one of the most influential figures in the history of psychiatry and psychology. And yet for many, Freud is more metaphor than man and his name summons only a …

Life Is Like Blue Jelly: Margaret Mead Discovers the Meaning of Existence in a Dream

The meaning of life has been contemplated by just about every thinking, feeling, breathing human being, and memorably so by a number of cultural icons, including Carl Sagan, Henry Miller, Anaïs Nin, David Foster Wallace, Richard Feynman, and other luminaries. But one of the most unusual and …

Mark Twain on Masturbation

In 1879, 44-year-old <b>Mark Twain</b> — irreverent adviser of little girls, pointed critic of the press, recipient of some outrageous requests from his fans — took the podium at a men’s club in Paris and delivered a lecture titled “Some Thoughts on the Science of Onanism,” onanism being masturbation, …

The Nature of the Self: Experimental Philosopher Joshua Knobe on How We Know Who We Are

<i>“The fate of the world depends on the Selves of human beings,”</i> pioneering educator Annemarie Roeper wrote in her meditation on how poorly we understand the self. Indeed, while philosophers may argue that the self is a toxic illusion and psychologists may insist that it’s forever changing, we tend …

John Steinbeck on the Creative Spirit and the Meaning of Life

A decade before he won the Nobel Prize for Literature, <b>John Steinbeck</b> (February 27, 1902–December 20, 1968) wrote <b>East of Eden</b> (<i>public library</i>), which was eventually adapted into the 1955 film of the same title starring James Dean and which Steinbeck originally addressed to his two young sons. (The …

The Six Motives of Creativity: Mary Gaitskill on Why Writers Write

Why do writers — great writers — write? <b>George Orwell</b> attributed it to four universal motives. <b>Joan Didion</b> saw it as access to her own mind. For <b>David Foster Wallace</b>, it was about fun. <b>Michael Lewis</b> ascribes it to the necessary self-delusions of creativity. <b>Joy Williams</b> found in it a gateway from the …

The Distracted Public: Saul Bellow on How Writers and Artists Save Us from the “Moronic Inferno” of Our Time

In 1990, fourteen years after he received the Nobel Prize in Literature and the Pulitzer Prize, and two years after being awarded the National Medal of Arts, <b>Saul Bellow</b> (June 10, 1915–April 5, 2005) delivered a lecture at Oxford University titled <b>“The Distracted Public.”</b> Eventually included in <b>It All</b> …

The Science of Our Warped Perception of Time, Animated

Why the same amount of time can seem to fly or slow to a crawl depending on the context.<p>In 2013, a mind-bending read on the psychology of why time slows down when we’re afraid, speeds up as we age, and gets warped when we’re on vacation became one of the year’s most popular articles. Now, …

Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Crucial Difference Between Success and Mastery

<i>“You gotta be willing to fail… if you’re afraid of failing, you won’t get very far,”</i> Steve Jobs cautioned. <i>“There is no such thing as failure — failure is just life trying to move us in another direction,”</i> Oprah counseled new Harvard graduates. In his wonderfully heartening letter of fatherly …

Buckminster Fuller Presages Online Education, with a Touch of TED, Netflix, and Pandora, in 1962

In 1962, <b>Buckminster Fuller</b> (July 12, 1895–July 1, 1983) delivered a prophetic lecture at Southern Illinois University on the future of education aimed at “solving problems by design competence instead of by political reform.” It was eventually published as <b>Education Automation: Comprehensive</b> …