Cool photo of Neil deGrasse Tyson as a college student in the eighties

Photo: Neil deGrasse Tyson in graduate school in Texas, sometime in the 1980s. Read the rest

Little League star Mo'Ne Davis pitches for change

One of the biggest baseball stories of 2014 was made by Philadelphia Little League pitcher Mo'Ne Davis, whose no-hitter in the Little League World Series made history.

Now Because I Am A Girl is the non-profit she has partnered with whose mission is

"to break the cycle of poverty and gender discrimination. Plan is a global movement for change, mobilizing millions of people around the world to support social justice for children in developing countries."

Davis is lending her name and her creativity to design and promote some very cool kicks by M4D3 currently available for Pre-Order. The shoe line currently has three designs, all with a distinctive baseball stitching design, available in womens and kids sizes. Read the rest

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The magical belief in the aura of celebrity memorabilia

It seems obvious that people would pay more for celebrity memorabilia from, say, JFK or Marilyn Monroe, if they think the star actually touched the item at some point. But did you know that people apparently will pay less for the item if it was owned by a nasty person like Bernie Madoff? This strange phenomenon appeared in a new study from Yale University psychologists who looked at auction prices for memorabilia tied of those three famous folks. And it got even stranger once the researchers told study participants that the items were professionally "sterilized," removing the celebrity's "essence."

Science Explores Our Magical Belief in the Power of Celebrity (Smithsonian)

Above, a relevant scene from Richard Linklater's Slacker (1991). Read the rest

Fake celebrity pranks New York City in social experiment caught on video

Brett Cohen pranked NYC on the night of July 27th, 2012, and he has video proof: he "came up with a crazy idea to fool thousands of pedestrians walking the streets of Times Square into thinking he was a huge celebrity," and succeeded.

He is not a celebrity—or at least, he wasn't before this video went viral. He's a 21 year old SUNY New Paltz student. Snip from the project description:

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Nicki Minaj, discussing sexism in the music industry while applying eyeliner (video)

[Video Link] "Had I accepted the pickle juice, I would be drinking the pickle juice right now."—Nicki Minaj. (via Maggie Koerth-Baker, via Upworthy) Read the rest