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From Kevin, a bizarre collection of banana commercials in Japan.If you ever wanted to see bananas squirt out of someone's nose, this is your lucky day.
Here's a terrific interview from the New York Times with "wheelchair adventurer" Matt Getze, who travels all over the world.
From Brian DeyErmand, a link to a remarkable Flash game: Super Mario Bros. Crossover. The genius of this game is that playable characters have been added (Samus from Metroid and Bill from Contra, for example), but these characters maintain their own powers and control schemes from their original game. It's a brilliant mash-up.
From Paul Weaver, and this is a doozy: scientists at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory are trying to create a star. This article will blow your mind.
This is quite awesome: Neanderthal genes 'survive in us'. The teaser:
Many people alive today possess some Neanderthal ancestry, according to a landmark scientific study.
From George Paci, a look at the city of Oil Stones, built 25 miles off the coast of present-day Azerbaijan. It's quite incredible.
From Andrew B, a story worthy of the Three Stooges: Mercedes left dangling seven stories up after smashing through wall. Well done, Oklahoma!
From Nate Carpenter, a very touching story about a 13-year-old boy with cancer who wanted to be a superhero, and how the Make-A-Wish Foundation made his dream come true.What makes this so utterly awesome is that literally hundreds of volunteers were involved, and it is as elaborate and detailed as the best alternate reality.
From The Edwin Garcia Links Machine, a new product that is, incredibly, quite real: the Better Marriage Blanket. Keyword: farts.
From Sirius, a fantastic video that shows the transformation of a 300 square ft. apartment into 24 separate rooms. One room, actually, that can be transformed by walls on wheels.This is quite incredible, and also quite striking. Also, a fascinating article about the invention of a brass horn with valves-- in 1815. Also, a fascinating look at Hugo Gernsback-- the man who foresaw science-fiction.
Here's a forgotten bit of history, along with some new information: The Real History Of John Dillinger And Henry Ford.
From Cliff Eyler, a story about a sniper's successful shot-- from a distance of a mile and a half.