All aboard the Madagascar Institute's jet-powered merry-go-round! (Thanks, Benjamin!) Read the rest
Maja Einstein is the younger sister of great scientist Albert Einstein. Maja was the only friend of Albert during his childhood. When little Albert saw his sister for the first time he thought she was a kind of toy and asked: “Yes, but where does it have its small wheels?”
Previously:WikiDumper, Cliff Pickover's new blog of Wikipedia rejects - Boing ... Clifford Pickover's "Neoreality" science fiction - Boing Boing Clifford Pickover's Reality Carnival - Boing Boing Boing Boing: 6000 people Clifford Pickover would like to meet Boing Boing: Interview with far-out mathematician, Clifford A ... Clifford Pickover is a scientist - Boing Boing Clifford Pickover's Gods blog - Boing Boing The Math Book: From Pythagoras to the 57th Dimension, 250 ... Read the rest
In December of 2007, Free Range Studio released the excellent video, "The Story of Stuff", in an attempt to educate people about over-consumption. It has been so well-received that many schools include it in their curricula.Take the 'The Story of Stuff' Quiz (Thanks, Chris!) Previously:Story of Stuff: 20 minute movie follows stuff from mine to ... Read the rest
Now, in what may likely be an opening salvo in the coming attack on Cap & Trade legislation, Right Wing front-man Glenn Beck is attacking "The Story of Stuff" as socialist propaganda, suggesting that it is un-American.
Beck suggests, "The reason why America is not as happy as it was in 1950 or 1920 or whenever, 100 years ago, is because our priorities are wrong, but it has nothing to do with exploiting the planet and has everything to do with losing faith in God."
This American Life producer Alex Blumberg talks with Ed Ugel, who had a very unusual dream job: he bought jackpots from lottery winners. When you win the lottery, your prize is often paid out in yearly installments. And Ed would offer winners a lump sum in exchange for their yearly checks. He's talked with thousands of lottery winners, and the vast majority, he says, wish they'd never won. Ed is writing a book about his years in the "lump sum industry" called Money for Nothing: One Man's Journey through the Dark Side of Lottery Millions. It comes out in September 2007.Money for Nothing: One Man's Journey through the Dark Side of Lottery Millions Read the rest
Over at Wired's Danger Room blog, news that
The Royal Air Force accidentally killed a young girl in Afghanistan -- by dropping a box of leaflets on her. The British Ministry of Defence is carrying out a full investigation. Meanwhile, the seemingly-antiquated practice of leaflet bombing continues. In the 21st century, it remains one of the primary tools of psychological warfare; U.S. Special Operations Command is even looking to build leaflet-carrying missiles.(thanks, Noah Shachtman) Read the rest
Boing Boing guestblogger Mitch Horowitz is author of Occult America: The Secret History of How Mysticism Shaped Our Nation and editor-in-chief of Tarcher/Penguin publishers.Since the late 1960s a very original and unclassifiable inner-city mystery religion called the Five Percenters has served as an inspiration behind some of the language and imagery of New York's hip hop scene. I recently spoke with All Things Considered host Guy Raz about the strange (and persistent) appearance of occult and esoteric themes in the work of Jay-Z. "Jay-Z: A Master Of Occult Wisdom?" Read the rest