DIY X-Men Pyro Flamethrowers, Anyone?

June 3, 2014

If you didn’t understand the latest X-Men series, you’re not alone. And surprisingly, what might actually be easier to comprehend is how to make a flamethrower a la cinema’s most-beloved mutants.

5 Of The World’s Weirdest Mental Disorders

June 3, 2014

Are you normal? It seems like an easy question, but our grip on reality can be thinner and more tenuous than you think. This shouldn’t be surprising, since everything that you are—your hopes, your memories, your conditioned responses—is contained in one small, fragile brain. The brain is just an organ, after all, and things sometimes go wrong with it. Unlike a wonky liver, however, a malfunctioning brain tends to yield some really unpredictable consequences. Sometimes, the stuff you’ve always taken for granted—such as not being a cannibal, for example—suddenly evaporates, and you’re left with a disorder so bizarre that you get written up in an article like this.

Mental Disorders: Aboulomania

Think back to when you clicked the link to this article. Those were the days, huh? Now—why did you click on this article, rather than this site’s many other fine offerings? How? While you’re at it, try to remember what you were thinking when you decided to put down the gun that you were cleaning with a Confederate flag (we’ve done audience research) and come over to the computer in the first place. Why did you choose not to wear pants to work today?

Mental Disorders Lindsay Lohan

Bad decisions take many forms. This is one of them.
Source: Fashion Rat


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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Nikola Tesla

June 1, 2014
Nikola Tesla Coil

Source: PBS

Greatly overshadowed by his famous employer, Thomas Edison, Serbian-born inventor and physicist Nikola Tesla is known mostly as the mastermind behind the AC induction motor and the Tesla coil. While Tesla enjoyed a successful career as an inventor, he displayed many asocial behaviors and didn’t have any documented romantic relationships; he ultimately ended up financially destitute and alone. Having become more eccentric with each passing year, Tesla amassed a list of odd behaviors that accompany his legacy of preternatural brilliance; Tesla truly was an archetypical “mad scientist”. Represented here are both sides of one of the most complex thinkers of our time.

He envisioned the modern day smartphone – in 1909.

Nikola Tesla Smartphone

Source: Gizmodo

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Scientists Explain Why Bacon Smells So Damn Good

May 30, 2014

It’s not your glut and growing gut that makes bacon smell so great, it’s the Maillard reaction, or the chemical reaction that causes foods to turn brown while baking. When you throw the meat into the pan, sugars react to the amino acids and create bacon’s inimitable scent.

The Animal Kingdom’s Most Fascinatingly Bizarre Color Mutations

May 22, 2014
Color Mutations Chimera Cat

Source: Top Biologia

Nature is full of beauty, especially in its “imperfections”. Case in point? Color mutations in animals. Over time, evolution can transform an entire species, even creating new ones. Alternatively, a specific mutation can affect only a few individuals within a given animal population.

Several kinds of color mutations can affect the animal world, ranging from well-known albinism all the way to chimera. Some of these are much more common than others. But it seems that the rarer the mutation is, the more intrigued by it we become.

Color Mutations Blue Lobster

Source: Web Ecoist

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25 Of Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s Most Mind Blowing Tweets

May 18, 2014
Neil DeGrasse Tyson Tweets

Source: Conde Nast

The field of astrophysics–let alone the people who comprise it–often presents itself as unapproachable. Its intricacies and wonders are hidden behind a tall wall of academia and advanced formulae. Thus when the world meets a character like Neil DeGrasse Tyson, whose sharp intelligence is matched by his rapier yet accessible wit, we all go a little gaga. Especially when we get bite size pieces of his wisdom, humor and brilliance via Twitter.

Tyson currently has nearly two million followers on the social media platform, which is approximately the population of Latvia. And with trinkets like those featured below, it’s easy to see why. Here are 25 Neil DeGrasse Tyson tweets chockfull of trivia you know you’ll end up dropping when you want to impress someone. Just hope they’re not one of his followers.