The Most Controversial Wikipedia Articles In One Chart

July 26, 2014

Most Controversial Wikipedia Articles

Want to know more about specific cultures but don’t have the means to travel there for yourself? Use language and the Internet as your guide. See what these language speakers tend to take issue with in this handy chart and you’ve got a good start to your path toward enlightenment.

The 10 Most Fascinating (And Terrifying) Fringe Sciences

July 25, 2014

Fringe science is any field of scientific inquiry which represents a significant departure from orthodox theories or bodies of work. Sometimes fringe sciences are accepted and become mainstream. Evolution, The Big Bang Theory, and Continental Drift all began on the fringes of science and today–while still debated by some–are taken as scientific truth.

Here are the top 10 fringe sciences and theories that could become mainstream in your lifetime.

Fringe Sciences: Cybernetics

Fringe Science Terminator

Source: Alpha Coders

Cybernetics is the study and re-creation of control systems (the nervous system, the brain, and mechanical-electrical communication systems). In other words, it’s the attempt to create human-robot hybrids which, as we know from EVERY MOVIE EVER MADE ON THE SUBJECT, never ends well.

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These 5 Bizarre Word Origins Will Leave You Scratching Your Head

July 20, 2014
Bizarre Word Origins Statues

Source: Cloud Front

The words you use every day are like superheroes; they all have backstories of one kind or another, and while some (Batman) are awesome, others (Robin) are another story. Learning the bizarre histories—and in some cases origin myths—of the common words on this list is like bumping into an old acquaintance and discovering that not only has he always secretly been a crimefighter, he got his start as a circus acrobat.

Mullet

English and French writers have been using the word “mullet” to describe a type of fish with spiny fins from about the mid-15th century. Modern taxonomy nerd Carl Linnaeus hadn’t even been thought of yet, so the name seems to have been applied to different species over the centuries before settling down to describe just one species of North American game fish in 1866. It has a flat head. You can see where this is going.

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5 Times That Satire Crossed Vladimir Putin

July 18, 2014
Vladimir Putin Satire Kid

Source: Her Beat

The Nikas Awards

Vladimir Putin Satire Nikas

A shot of Yuly Gusman, left, at the 2013 Nikas. Source: The Moscow News

In 2008, the Nikas, Russia’s answer to the Oscars, had jokes about Putin and Dmitry Medvedev cut from their broadcast by a TV station. Medvedev, the man who at the time had just taken over as president while Putin switched to prime minister for a term, was hand-picked by Putin, likely because he would bend easily to Putin’s will. Humorist and Nika Awards artistic director Yuly Gusman joked to the audience, “Traditionally we have a message from the Russian president. Since clearly no one knows who our president is, you can consider it coming from me.”

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What We Love This Week, Volume LXXIV

July 18, 2014
Middle Aged Potter College

Source: Someecards

Imagining Harry Potter Books As “The Boy Who Lived” Hits His 50s

Middle Aged Potter Colon

Source: Someecards

J.K. Rowling sent the heels of millions into one collective click this week when she announced that she had penned a Harry Potter follow-up depicting his adulthood. And while life in the wizarding world is not filled with daily drudgeries like us mere mortals, it’s fun to imagine Harry completing menial office tasks, coping with his mediocrity and regretting the decision to have kids instead of pursuing his athletic ambitions. And thankfully, Someecards has provided us with just that.

Middle Aged Potter Mortgage

Source: Someecards

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Natural Phenomena That Science Has Trouble Explaining

July 15, 2014
Natural Phenomena Colony Collapse Bees

Source: Reuters

Colony Collapse Disorder

Since honeybees started dying off in frightening amounts around 2006, there has been much discussion over just what the culprit of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) is, and a recent report released by the USDA sheds little new light on the subject. There exists no single smoking gun in relation to CCD, but many probable causes.

Natural Phenomena Colony Collapse

Source: Wikipedia

Researchers have looked to parasitic mites found in abandoned colonies (the Varroa mite), any number of different viruses, colder winters, bacterial disease, as well as many different pesticides used on crops to explain the phenomenon. However, they have yet to uncover how these scenarios are working in conjunction with each other to rapidly wipe out the American honeybee population. The following chart deals with the particular neonicotinoid based pesticides and the Varroa mite, and how they relate to honeybee populations worldwide.

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