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The Question is the Question: Dilip D'Souza on the competitive sport of 'Quizzing' in India. "Quizzers branch out like fractals, into the minutiae, looking for questions in the interstices of knowledge." BQC: D'Souza, elsewhere in the essay, says: "Quizzing...
From: MetaFilter | By: beijingbrown | Friday, February 27, 2015
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The Only Woolley Rhinoceros Calf Ever Found: Woolley Mammoths of all ages have been found. Adult Woolley Rhinoceros finds are so rare they can be counted on one hand. This is the first baby...
From: MetaFilter | By: Katjusa Roquette | Friday, February 27, 2015
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Sports teams making videos has been kind of a thing for the past few years. In the run up to the 2015 Nordic World Ski Championships in Falun, Sweden the USSA Nordic team decided they should make one too. Long the underdogs on the international nordic...
From: MetaFilter | By: fshgrl | Thursday, February 26, 2015
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When the Bauhaus art school opened in 1919, more women applied than men. One woman who attended in 1927 was Amercan born Florence Henri who in the 1920's had moved to Paris. However it wan't until she returned from a course at the Bauhaus, where she...
From: MetaFilter | By: adamvasco | Thursday, February 26, 2015
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Carrot Top is known as a Comedian. That is a statement of fact. Another person known as a comedian, Norm Macdonald, had a noteworthy opinion of Top....
From: MetaFilter | By: Jessica Savitch's Coke Spoon | Thursday, February 26, 2015
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The private photo shoot that sparked a war within Van Halen. A session with photographer Helmut Newton exposed tensions within the band, revealing and exacerbating the rift between David Lee Roth and the Van Halen brothers. The article does not explore...
From: MetaFilter | By: the phlegmatic king | Wednesday, February 25, 2015
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The story of The Anarchist Cookbook and William Powell, regretful author....
From: MetaFilter | By: Artw | Saturday, February 28, 2015
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Iconic Photographers Pose With Their Most Famous Photographs. The "Girl in Afghanistan", Sharbat Gula, was found and interviewed as an adult. "Tank Man", who faced down tanks in Tienanmen Square, has never been identified....
From: MetaFilter | By: Deoridhe | Saturday, February 28, 2015
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Japanese woman comes to America to search for buried treasure- but it's the fictional buried treasure in the movie "Fargo". She's come to North Dakota's "Siberia" to end her own life and the language barrier and our perceptions of Japanese 'normal' get...
From: MetaFilter | By: naight | Saturday, February 28, 2015
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Scott Budnick walked away from his position as head of the production company that made the Hangover movies to run a prison-reform advocacy group. Budnick volunteers as a writing teacher at various prisons, focusing on youthful offenders who went behind...
From: MetaFilter | By: Etrigan | Saturday, February 28, 2015
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Building the First Slavery Museum in America - David Amsden, The New York Times "From their weathered cypress frames, a dusty path, lined with hulking iron kettles that were used by slaves to boil sugar cane, leads to a grassy clearing dominated by a...
From: MetaFilter | By: joseph conrad is fully awesome | Saturday, February 28, 2015
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Putin's Russia: Like a gangster running a crime syndicate, Putin muscles opponents and assassinates critics. Nonetheless, his bid in Ukraine may be reactionary to NATO edging closer to Russia's borders. As Dan Carlin notes, it's as if Russia began training...
From: MetaFilter | By: four panels | Friday, February 27, 2015
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Kathy Sierra talks about the myth of meritocracy in tech and how skater culture broke her heart. You might know Sierra as the unfortunate victim of mega-troll weev, but her concise and touching analysis of her years as a promising skater shows an entirely...
From: MetaFilter | By: averysmallcat | Friday, February 27, 2015
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A short, interesting article on the palindromists of Bletchley Park. Via Mefi's own....
From: MetaFilter | By: Tsuga | Friday, February 27, 2015
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When President Obama appointed Tom Wheeler (a former top telecom lobbyist) as chairman of the FCC, he got a lot of grief for selling out his '07 pledge to protect Net Neutrality -- the founding principle long prized by open web activists that ISPs cannot...
From: MetaFilter | By: Rhaomi | Friday, February 27, 2015
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The 1970's Batman parody Electra Woman and Dyna Girl. is being rebooted (again) with YouTube stars Grace Helbig and Hannah "My Drunk Kitchen" Hart in the title roles. The Original Series Electra Woman and Dyna Girl was a blatant ripoff of 1960's Batman,...
From: MetaFilter | By: zarq | Friday, February 27, 2015
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Anyone who writes articles on the web knows the maxim: "Don't read the comments." Fortunately for Yoni Appelbaum, a recent Ph.D. in history from Brandeis University, the well-known writer Ta-Nehisi Coates routinely ignores that rule. How a history Ph.D....
From: MetaFilter | By: Toekneesan | Friday, February 27, 2015
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A brief history of Toronto's rave scene...
From: MetaFilter | By: feckless fecal fear mongering | Friday, February 27, 2015
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In 2010 Garrick Ohlsson, the first American to win The International Chopin Piano Competition (in 1970), delivered an insightful two hour lecture (plus Q&A) at UC Berkeley about what exactly makes Chopin's music so great. Highly recommended for anyone...
From: MetaFilter | By: MattMangels | Friday, February 27, 2015
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"A bottle of nerve manna, a disappearing golf ball and some rocks...it all adds up to the Hardly Boys' toughest case yet. The Hardly Boys have returned to Rangeley Lake for another relaxing summer at the Hardly Inn. Fishing, boating, tennis and their...
From: MetaFilter | By: Iridic | Friday, February 27, 2015
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Dragon Age's Post-Racial (High) Fantasy...
From: MetaFilter | By: Fizz | Friday, February 27, 2015
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How Adam Savage became obsessed with building a scale model of the maze from Kubrick's film The Shining. The Making Of and The Making Of The Making Of (both SLYT). The bit where I got sucked in was where he started talking about the different layouts...
From: MetaFilter | By: carter | Friday, February 27, 2015
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Poet, author, director, actor, cultural icon... Leonard Nimoy has passed away at age 83 from constrictive pulmonary disease. Rest well, Spock, you will be missed....
From: MetaFilter | By: hippybear | Friday, February 27, 2015
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Linda Holmes describes her favorite Survivor moment: Not Just Eating Bugs For Money! A Story Of 'Survivor' And Strategy. "This is a story of watching a couple of people who aren't very likable lose a million dollars, fair and square, because they got...
From: MetaFilter | By: We had a deal, Kyle | Friday, February 27, 2015
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Robert Macfarlane says we are losing the best descriptive words for our landscape. This matters, he says, "because language deficit leads to attention deficit. As we deplete our ability to denote and figure particular aspects of our places, so our competence...
From: MetaFilter | By: purplesludge | Friday, February 27, 2015
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Bae: come over Me: i cant im using a water jet to cut food Bae: i am also doing this at my house...
From: MetaFilter | By: Greg Nog | Friday, February 27, 2015
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Imagine you could invest in the stock market last week, with perfect knowledge of how it will move this week. 25 year old Frenchman Max-Hervé George does not need a Delorean, he is the beneficiary of a very unusual 8000 euro life insurance policy that...
From: MetaFilter | By: Another Fine Product From The Nonsense Factory | Friday, February 27, 2015
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The study, which has been accepted for publication in the journal Applied Animal Behavioral Science, adds to the growing body of evidence that many animals respond favorably to species-specific music. This is music that takes into account a particular...
From: MetaFilter | By: Aya Hirano on the Astral Plane | Friday, February 27, 2015
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A graduate student at MIT has published an analysis of the Mars One colony plans. Turns out that surviving off local crops is a bad idea. [pdf] Mars One is an ambitious and highly publicized plan to start a colony on Mars by launching groups of astronauts...
From: MetaFilter | By: amy27 | Friday, February 27, 2015
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The Bookseller/Diagram Prize for Oddest Title of the Year (previously on Metafilter) has revealed its 2015 shortlist. Last year, the much-coveted title went to 'How to Poo on a Date', beating strong contenders such as 'The Origin of Feces' and 'Pie-ography:...
From: MetaFilter | By: Ziggy500 | Friday, February 27, 2015
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@Play, my old four-year column on roguelike games, play, history, theory and development, has returned.[Link]...
From: MetaFilter | By: JHarris | Friday, February 27, 2015
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NYMag profiles American military deserters in Canada, Germany and the Netherlands. Desertion is always a solitary choice, but it can be especially so for those who seek refuge in other countries. The deserter in exile is cut off from community, family,...
From: MetaFilter | By: frimble | Friday, February 27, 2015
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It's happened to me several times at a literary event — sometimes one at which I'm reading or speaking — that a kindly, affable chap, after regaling me with a long account of his next book, smiles generously and asks me what I do at Penguin, or how...
From: MetaFilter | By: MartinWisse | Friday, February 27, 2015
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Eddie Marritz, a cinematographer and photographer in remission from small-cell carcinoma, was a participant in one of NYU's Psilocybin Cancer Anxiety research studies. Marritz, and the researchers, take us through the experience. Magic Mushrooms and...
From: MetaFilter | By: paleyellowwithorange | Friday, February 27, 2015
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"Bien sûr," Delzor said. He had even seen them: affectless men and women with a deathlike pallor, high nasal voices, and the characteristic drooping at the chin – men and women who he knew for a fact had died and been buried. "Ayiti, se repiblik zonbi,"...
From: MetaFilter | By: the man of twists and turns | Friday, February 27, 2015
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Two llamas enjoy several minutes of lliberty while evading the Keystone Cops Sun City llaw enforcement....
From: MetaFilter | By: Cold Lurkey | Friday, February 27, 2015
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What color is this dress? is a really strange phenomena currently seen taking over twitter, as people see a blue dress with black lace while others insist it is white with gold. So far, no one can tell why exactly it is happening, other than it is baffling...
From: MetaFilter | By: mathowie | Friday, February 27, 2015
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The music video to the song Los Villanos, by a band called Poolpo, is pretty damn joyous. I like it and I hope you like it too....
From: MetaFilter | By: rorgy | Friday, February 27, 2015
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Pet Shop Boys - "Go West" video [YouTube] - more about the music video at Wikipedia. Previously: WANTED: MACHO MEN WITH MUSTACHES, Pet Shop Boys (tag)...
From: MetaFilter | By: joseph conrad is fully awesome | Thursday, February 26, 2015
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"Fertile Ground" asks you to place yourself in the shoes of a young woman in South Dakota facing tough decisions in the wake of a one night stand. With a Choose Your Own Adventure format, you have to make the best choices you can. The options available...
From: MetaFilter | By: Monochrome | Friday, February 27, 2015
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from NYMag: When the notorious cancer doctor Gil Lederman cadged an autograph from a dying George Harrison, the world was appalled. But as Lederman scrambles to salvage his reputation, the very nature of his experimental practice has come under attack....
From: MetaFilter | By: steinwald | Thursday, February 26, 2015
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"Wladimir (Put Put Putin)" is the surprise winner of this year's Protestsongcontest. The contest, organised by Rabenhof Theater in Vienna, Austria showcases Austrian songs about environmental, social and political issues. "Wladimir" is at turns silly...
From: MetaFilter | By: Omnomnom | Thursday, February 26, 2015
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Now, never ask me about Wes Anderson again. Please. -Tony...
From: MetaFilter | By: DynamiteToast | Thursday, February 26, 2015
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"We don't want them to see diversity as a burden or a moral obligation. We want them to see it as a business imperative." UCLA's Bunche Center for African American Studies has released its 2015 Hollywood Diversity Report: Flipping The Script [PDF]. The...
From: MetaFilter | By: Room 641-A | Thursday, February 26, 2015
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A radical plan for transplanting a head onto someone else's body is set to be announced. But is such ethically sensitive surgery even feasible? (SLNewScientist)...
From: MetaFilter | By: adept256 | Thursday, February 26, 2015
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Oh No, She Didn't: The Strong Female Character, Deconstructed by Ilana C. Myer...
From: MetaFilter | By: Fizz | Thursday, February 26, 2015
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The Holy Junk Heap: In 1896, a cache of manuscripts -- mostly fragments -- was discovered in the storeroom ("genizah") at the Ben Ezra Synagogue in Old Cairo. The collection outlines a 1,000-year continuum (870 CE to the 19th century) of Jewish Middle-Eastern...
From: MetaFilter | By: zarq | Thursday, February 26, 2015
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How Your Pretentious Local Record Store Asshole Got That Way...
From: MetaFilter | By: alby | Thursday, February 26, 2015
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"I tilted my head in cartoon-like confusion. Where had he picked that up? Bruce Lee? He knew nothing of martial arts nor had he ever watched Kung Fu Panda (this is where my brain went). So I asked Noah to repeat himself. Perhaps I'd misunderstood or...
From: MetaFilter | By: roomthreeseventeen | Thursday, February 26, 2015
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As she and Plummer munched their respective fractions of peanut-butter bar, they recalled A Royal Christmas. "We played every awful hockey rink all the way from Canada to Florida," Andrews said. "We had huge buses we could sleep in. It was with the London...
From: MetaFilter | By: Stacey | Thursday, February 26, 2015
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