June 1, 2013
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The very first personal computer, which we owe to Alan Turing’s legacy

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The very first personal computer, which we owe to Alan Turing’s legacy

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July 27, 2012
A year ago today, the official White House twitter account RickRolled some guy. Really.

A year ago today, the official White House twitter account RickRolled some guy. Really.

July 23, 2012
When Waylon Smithers made his Simpsons debut, he did so as an African-American character — accidentally. Per the Simpons Wiki, “Smithers was mistakenly animated with the wrong color and was made African American by Gyorgi Peluci, the color stylist. [Director] David Silverman has claimed that Smithers was always intended to be ‘Mr. Burns’ white sycophant,’ and the staff thought it ‘would be a bad idea to have a black sub-servient character’ and so switched him to his intended color for his next episode.”

When Waylon Smithers made his Simpsons debut, he did so as an African-American character — accidentally. Per the Simpons Wiki, “Smithers was mistakenly animated with the wrong color and was made African American by Gyorgi Peluci, the color stylist. [Director] David Silverman has claimed that Smithers was always intended to be ‘Mr. Burns’ white sycophant,’ and the staff thought it ‘would be a bad idea to have a black sub-servient character’ and so switched him to his intended color for his next episode.”

July 18, 2012
MGM’s iconic moving logo focuses on a lion roaring into camera. (Watch a restored version of it here.) How did they get that shot? As seen in this photo, very carefully.

MGM’s iconic moving logo focuses on a lion roaring into camera. (Watch a restored version of it here.) How did they get that shot? As seen in this photo, very carefully.

July 3, 2012
Prairie dogs sometimes “kiss,” as seen above. They only do so within their own families, though.

(Image source)

Prairie dogs sometimes “kiss,” as seen above. They only do so within their own families, though.

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June 26, 2012
Niagara Falls once froze over. (Source)

Niagara Falls once froze over. (Source)

June 14, 2012
Sea otters hold hands while sleeping in order to keep from drifting apart.
(Image via Environmental Graffiti)

Sea otters hold hands while sleeping in order to keep from drifting apart.

(Image via Environmental Graffiti)

June 13, 2012
Duff Beer is from the Simpsons. It’s fake. But someone makes Duff Energy Drink. For real. 
(via AwesomeClaus.com)

Duff Beer is from the Simpsons. It’s fake. But someone makes Duff Energy Drink. For real. 

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June 5, 2012
Fort Jefferson, Florida, is an unfinished fortress in the Florida Keys. It contains 16 million bricks, making it the largest masonry structure in the Western Hemisphere.  And, it’s a ghost town — it’s been unused since the late 1800s.
(Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

Fort Jefferson, Florida, is an unfinished fortress in the Florida Keys. It contains 16 million bricks, making it the largest masonry structure in the Western Hemisphere.  And, it’s a ghost town — it’s been unused since the late 1800s.

(Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

June 1, 2012
In 1955, the U.S. government tested the effects of a nuclear weapon by dropping a bomb on a town in Nevada. The carnage was dramatic, as seen above. It would have been tragic, too, had the town been real, but it wasn’t. All the “people” in the fake town, including the one above, were mannequins.
(Image via Laughing Squid; more via LIFE)

In 1955, the U.S. government tested the effects of a nuclear weapon by dropping a bomb on a town in Nevada. The carnage was dramatic, as seen above. It would have been tragic, too, had the town been real, but it wasn’t. All the “people” in the fake town, including the one above, were mannequins.

(Image via Laughing Squid; more via LIFE)

May 30, 2012
There are exactly 11 characters which are common to the Russian, Latin, and Greek alphabets.

(Yeah yeah, this isn’t really a photo.)

There are exactly 11 characters which are common to the Russian, Latin, and Greek alphabets.

(Yeah yeah, this isn’t really a photo.)

May 26, 2012
In 1912 and again in 1914-15, items were excavated from Machu Picchu, above, and taken to Yale University to study. The items were supposed to be returned 18 months  later but Yale, citing a perceived inability of Peru to keep the items in good condition, retained the artifacts. In November 2010, Yale agreed in principle to return the artifacts to Peru.
(Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

In 1912 and again in 1914-15, items were excavated from Machu Picchu, above, and taken to Yale University to study. The items were supposed to be returned 18 months  later but Yale, citing a perceived inability of Peru to keep the items in good condition, retained the artifacts. In November 2010, Yale agreed in principle to return the artifacts to Peru.

(Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

May 25, 2012
The sign above is in English and Welsh. But the Welsh words do not, when translated, match the English. Rather, as explained by this BBC article, it means “I am not in the office at the moment. Send any work to be translated.”
The sign maker misunderstood the translator’s “Out of Office” message to be the translation.

The sign above is in English and Welsh. But the Welsh words do not, when translated, match the English. Rather, as explained by this BBC article, it means “I am not in the office at the moment. Send any work to be translated.”

The sign maker misunderstood the translator’s “Out of Office” message to be the translation.

May 24, 2012
Take a look at a strong light source, like a street lamp — and you may notice a rainbow-ish halo glowing around it. The Sun also has those, and, at times, clouds will pass over the halo to create a “fire rainbow” like that one pictured above.

(Image via Kuriositas, which has a lot more.)

Take a look at a strong light source, like a street lamp — and you may notice a rainbow-ish halo glowing around it. The Sun also has those, and, at times, clouds will pass over the halo to create a “fire rainbow” like that one pictured above.

(Image via Kuriositas, which has a lot more.)

May 23, 2012
The U.S. Library of Congress tis he largest library in the world by shelf space and number of books.
(Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

The U.S. Library of Congress tis he largest library in the world by shelf space and number of books.

(Photo via Wikimedia Commons)