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November 26, 2010
"Two Fighters Against a Star Destroyer?"
"The 100 Best Movie Spaceships"
posted by bardic at 8:20 PM PST - 116 comments

Bodily Feats
The human body can achieve some pretty amazing things and Discovery Health has come up with a bunch of articles explaining how some of these feats are accomplished.

Sword Swallowing | Firewalking | Bed Of Nails | Glass Walking | Fire Breathing
posted by gman at 3:12 PM PST - 51 comments

Dog Saves Injured Dog (SLWC - Single Link Wimp.com)
Dog Saves Injured Dog (via Wimp.com) - Warning: Fuzzy view of dog getting hit by car [more inside]
posted by bitteroldman at 1:19 PM PST - 17 comments

o rly?
Cute Owl Hunts Invisible Prey
posted by cjorgensen at 1:00 PM PST - 89 comments

Yada Yada Yada
The Economics of Seinfeld strives to illustrate basic economic concepts using scenes from the famous sitcom. "Seinfeld ran for nine seasons on NBC and became famous as a “show about nothing". It is the simplicity of Seinfeld that makes it so appropriate for use in economics courses." [more inside]
posted by Phire at 12:10 PM PST - 40 comments

The very knowledge that it was possible to record a conversation would "greatly restrict the use of the telephone," with catastrophic consequences for its business.
"In the United States, the higher consumer prices resulting from monopoly amounted, in effect, to a tax on Americans used to fund basic research." But no 'Disruptive Technology', please. A look at the 'dark side' of Bell Labs and why magnetic recording was NOT developed there in the 1930s (thanks to one of the worst tech predictions ever). [more inside]
posted by oneswellfoop at 11:32 AM PST - 42 comments

Jazz Age Illustrator
Georges Lepape was an Art Deco fashion illustrator; whose work became iconic.
Perhaps most famous for his collaborations with the designer Paul Poiret.
He worked for many magazines, among them the Gazette Du Bon Ton, Vogue, Harper's Bazaar and Les Feuillets D'Art, and Vanity Fair where his March 1927 cover illustration launched the modeling career of Lee Miller.
Some more of his illustrations on flickr and a brief biography. (Related Lee Miller; haute-couture)
posted by adamvasco at 11:25 AM PST - 4 comments

"It's very sad when it rains in a cathedral"
EMS electronic music pioneer Dr. Peter Zinovieff discusses the story of computers and early electronic music. Transcript here. [more inside]
posted by ifjuly at 9:49 AM PST - 9 comments

The Smithsonian Museum of Dad Trolling
Zach Weiner guest-stripping for XKCD. Previously, Zach Weiner guest-stripping for Dinosaur Comics.
posted by Rory Marinich at 9:26 AM PST - 53 comments

Is Religion a Force for Good in the World?
In tonight's semi-annual Munk Debate in Toronto, Tony Blair and Christoper Hitchens square off over the topic "Is religion a force for good in the world?" For those who couldn't get tickets, you can watch a live webstream (PPV, $5) of the debate this evening, starting at 7pm EST.
posted by modernnomad at 8:24 AM PST - 106 comments

"Please try to respect the youth. They are the ones who are going to build the next generation."
Now in its fourth year, CNN Heroes highlights and rewards "Everyday People Changing the World." This year's Hero of the Year (chosen by public poll) is Anuradha Koirala, whose group Maiti Nepal has rescued more than 12,000 women and girls from sex slavery along the India / Nepal border since 1993. [more inside]
posted by zarq at 7:49 AM PST - 9 comments

Land and Freedom
The Revolutionary War in the US was fought for freedom. For Blacks, the promise of freedom was on the side of the Crown. [more inside]
posted by QIbHom at 7:39 AM PST - 45 comments

Bootiful
Millionaire Norfolk farmer Bernard Matthews became an unlikely minor celebrity in the UK, after appearing in his own adverts. He specialised in turkey production and ironically died yesterday on Thanksgiving. [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 5:01 AM PST - 44 comments

The mystery van
The mystery police van During Wednesdays London protest against student tuition fees a police van was driven into a 'kettled' crowd of protestors. Many news reports focused on the subsequent vandalisation of the police van. [more inside]
posted by Lanark at 4:58 AM PST - 70 comments

Spirit Bears in the Great Bear Rainforest
The Kermode bear or Spirit bear is a an all white subspecies of the American Black Bear. Their white fur is the the result of a recessive allele and is believed to give them an advantage in daylight fishing for salmon, but places them at a significant disadvantage in areas inhabited by Grizzly bears or wolves, who prey on them. [more inside]
posted by Ahab at 4:19 AM PST - 13 comments