One Amazing Daredevil Climbs 2,500 Feet Rope-Free

March 23, 2014

In January 2014, Alex Honnold made the potentially fatal decision to scale Mexico’s El Sendero Luminoso (the Shining Path) without any rope. In other words, if Honnold fell while ascending 2,500 feet above the ground, he would die. Watch The North Face’s incredible footage of Honnold’s dangerous, mind boggling feat.

The Ten Best TED Talks (In No Particular Order)

March 23, 2014

1. Michael Shermer: The Pattern Behind Self-Deception

As enlightening as it is consequential, Skeptic Magazine’s Michael Shermer shows us how evolution made us into superstitious animals, and how that one evolutionary turn both rendered us the Earth’s keepers and slaves to delusion.

2. Elizabeth Gilbert: Nurturing Your Creative Genius

In ancient Greece and Rome, no man was ever called a genius. Instead, he “had” genius, a creative spirit who was able to connect to the Divine and aid in the creation of his work. Eat, Pray, Love’s Elizabeth Gilbert explains why this small syntactic change could do wonders for the way we create and bear the burden of “genius.”

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The Evolution Of Madonna’s Feminist Message

March 20, 2014

Women of a certain age will remember the wannabes; they might even have been one. The surf slang was popularized in the mainstream to describe the packs of peroxide blonde high school girls in thrift shop attire—vented t-shirts, denim jackets, rubber bracelets all accessorized with lace, especially the fingerless gloves—who roamed American malls in the mid-1980s.

Costumed in crucifixes and layers of lace, Madonna bounced onto the world stage in 1983 inviting us to take a Holiday, and by the end of 1985 she had become a phenom due to her sophomore album, “Like a Virgin.” The appeal to high school girls was apparent; Madonna captured the imaginations of the wannabes, and once she held them and other record buyers in the palm of her hand, she crafted messages of empowerment. One might trace it back to “Material Girl.” In her Marilyn Monroe caricature, Madonna uses her old-fashioned feminine wiles to get what she wants, materialistically.

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A Hilarious Animation Of How Your Brain Works On A Date

March 19, 2014

As Ringling College of Art and Design students Josiah Haworth, Joon Shik Song and Joon Soo Son remind us in their CGI film, “Brain Divided”, first dates are always distressing. Watch, wince and relate to this man as the right and left sides of his brain wage war on each other. Which wins out the emotional and impulsive right side, or the logical left?

The Science Of Spiciness

March 15, 2014

Rose Eveleth explains the history and science behind spicy foods, and why Sriracha sauce is heaven for some and gustatory hell for others.

A Beautiful Time Lapse Of How Snowflakes Form

March 11, 2014

Winter may be on its way out (and we’re OK with that), but snowflakes are a source of perennial inspiration. Take a microscopic look at how they’re formed.