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November 20, 2007
Before 1969, the city of Zap
was best known as the punch line of a joke about three towns in North Dakota that sounded like Rice Krispies—Zap
, and Mott
. But when student body president Charles "Chuck" Stroup
at North Dakota State University
needed an alternative to Fort Lauderdale while stuck in North Dakota for spring break, he enlisted the help of some student journalists
at the Spectrum
newspaper to promote the "Zip to Zap,"
an event that became the only "official" riot
in the history of North Dakota. The tiny coal mining town originally looked forward to the impromptu "Zip" festival, which had so much advance buzz that the Wham-O
toy company created a toy called Zip Zap
in honor of the imminent event. Unfortunately, after throngs of students descended on Zap, the only two bars in town quickly ran out of beer, and the North Dakota National Guard
was called into extinguish the bonfire, beer brawls, and riot that ensued. For more info about about how the "Zip to Zap" fit in context with the 1960s zeitgeist, look here
, and here
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Colin Pantall takes photographs, primarily of his daughter watching television.
Lush imagery, sidelong comment, surprising intimacy.
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Why He Went Nuclear.
Before he was the infamous father of the "Islamic bomb," A.Q. Khan was just another midlevel scientist working at a research job in Amsterdam. Here, the story of how he betrayed his employer and set out to create a worldwide bazaar in lethal weapons.
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Sex and the College Girl, by Norah Johnson
A view from an educated woman in the 1950s: "Two criticisms rise above the rest: people in college are promiscuous, for one thing, and, for another, they are getting married and having children too early. These are interesting observations because they contradict each other."
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Enter a website in the box to make all words on the page clickable. Available for English, Spanish, French, German, Italian and Polish.
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that may one day help restore mobility to the paralyzed and amputees, Dr. Charles Higgins of the University of Arizona has created a "robo-moth"
: a 6-inch tall wheeled robot guided by an electrode inserted into a single neuron responsible for vision stability during flight in the hawk moth
(aka the Tobacco hornworm). [more inside]
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