Posts in August, 2013

Demolition work reveals astonishingly well-preserved historic sign

// August 28th, 2013 // No Comments » // Entertainment

Restoration work in Little Rock, Arkansas has revealed a historic Dr Pepper soft drink sign on a building that once housed Dr Pepper bottling equipment. Located on Seventh Street in Little Rock, a former laundry laying adjacent to the property was torn down to make way for future expansion. After demolition of the laundry building, […]

Freaky zombie mind control – scientist uses brain to remotely control another guys hand over a computer network

// August 28th, 2013 // No Comments » // Futuristic Technology

We’re one step closer to mind-controlled zombies! University of Washington psychology professor Andrea Stocca told reporters in a news release yesterday, “The Internet was a way to connect computers, and now it can be a way to connect brains.” And he went on to demonstrate that it can be done today.

Public school teacher, suspected member of notorious Al-Gebra movement, arrested at JFK

// August 20th, 2013 // No Comments » // Geek Humor

A public school teacher was arrested today at John F. Kennedy International airport this morning as he attempted to board a flight while in possession of a ruler, a protractor, a compass, a slide-rule and a calculator. At a press conference just before noon today, Attorney General Eric Holder said he believes the man is […]

The 2004 Seest fireworks disaster – mesmerizing video of the catastrophe – wonderfully beautiful while tragically sad

// August 20th, 2013 // No Comments » // Entertainment

It claimed 355 houses, destroyed over 1,000 buildings, injured over 50 people, forced the evacuation of thousands of people, and killed one firefighter. The 1,200 tons of fireworks that exploded during the November 3, 2004 Seest fireworks disaster destroyed the N. P. Johnsen’s fireworks factory shutting down the main importer of fireworks in Denmark. The […]

Family stunned to find hacked baby monitor taunting infant girl, calling her a “little slut”

// August 15th, 2013 // No Comments » // Hacking and Security

A Houston, Texas family was stunned this week when they entered their baby daughter’s room and heard the webcam, which they use to monitor the baby, taunting the small girl with insults and profanity. The couple said they walked in and heard the baby monitor say “Wake up Allyson, you little slut.” The couple say […]

Researchers discover “Carbyne” – stronger than steel, grapheme, and diamond

// August 15th, 2013 // No Comments » // General Science News

Researchers from Rice University have calculated a new form of carbon supermaterial, named Carbyyne, that is stronger than steel, grapheme, and even diamonds. The new form of carbon promises more strength and stiffness than any other known material. The new material is constructed from a chain of carbon atoms linked either by alternate triple and […]

New York Times hit by massive cyberattack less than 24 hours after publishing Snowden interview

// August 14th, 2013 // No Comments » // Hacking and Security

Less than 24 hours after the New York Times posted an article in which Snowden expressed his distrust for American media outlets, Fox News (sorry about the source, but it is an interesting story) is reporting that the media giant’s website was hit by a massive cyberattack. Both the newspaper,, and its corporate site […]

Cool spy tools that let you hide stuff in impossible places

// August 13th, 2013 // No Comments » // Products for Sale

ITS Tactical recently featured three cool little devices that let you hide important stuff during your escape from the zombie apocalypse. The Hollow Half Dollar was used by spies during the cold war to pass secret messages and smuggle microfilms out of the country. The device looks like a regular half-dollar coin but inside, there’s […]

Snowden leaks prompt talk of constraint on NSA practices – Traitor? He’s a National Hero!

// August 10th, 2013 // No Comments » // Politics and legal

Spy? Traitor? How about “National Hero”. The United States wants to label Edward Snowden a “spy” and “traitor” for revealing NSA practices to the American public. The leaks from Edward Snowden regarding the unscrupulous data collection practices of the National Security Agency prompted a US scramble to plug the leak and stem the tide of […]

Bioluminescent microorganisms in our oceans – nature’s beautiful palette of sea sparkles

// August 9th, 2013 // No Comments » // General Science News

Bioluminescence at night

It’s a hauntingly beautiful phenomenon created by an unusually high concentration of Noctiluca scintillans (or Sea Sparkles), a single-celled bioluminescent algae of the dinoflagellate species that turns the water a brilliant, glowing, ethereal blue. Floating in swarms of millions and feeding on plankton and bacteria, it is believed that the Sea Sparkles generate their glow […]

Mind-blowing libaries and book collections – maybe you can judge a bookshelf by its covers

// August 8th, 2013 // No Comments » // Entertainment

Wonderful home library

I love to read digital books and made the move from musty old paper years ago. But when I stumbled across the website I have to admit, I reconsidered. To showcase a collection of books in one of these lavish libraries would be a dream come true for most geeks. And hey, let’s admit […]

Check out these gnarly skateboarding mice as they grind coping and do aerials in their mini skateboard park

// August 7th, 2013 // No Comments » // Entertainment

Skateboarding mouse

First Australian Shane Willmott spent 10 years teaching his pet mice how to surf. Now these radical rodents are grinding the coping at their own mini-skatepark and the photos of their gnarly skate sessions are nothing short of mind-blowing.

Monumental shift in internet naming – thousands of new TLD’s are coming- beginning this month!

// August 7th, 2013 // No Comments » // Internet

Starting this year, over a thousand new domain name extensions (gTLDs) will begin to replace the “.com” in website name addresses. Soon, there will be website name endings with Brands, like .Google, or .Gucci, city names like .NYC and .LONDON, interests, like .ART, products for .BABY, .AUTO, .FOOD and more. The introduction of new domain […]

18-wheeler truck crash caught on video – big rig flies off of Interstate bridge to highway below

// August 5th, 2013 // No Comments » // Entertainment

An 18-wheeler big-rig truck was caught on video in Grand Prairie, Texas on Saturday (August 3, 2013) as it lost control, crashed into a retaining wall, then went over a barrier to land on a highway below it. The truck was transporting a load of ceramic tile to San Diego, California at the time of […]

Tango Tor down – U.S. authorities take down world’s largest Deep Web host (and dose Tor with uncloaking malware)

// August 5th, 2013 // No Comments » // Hacking and Security

Word has hit the streets that the FBI has arrested Eric Eoin Marquesm the alleged owner of Freedom Hosting, the largest Deep Web hosting platform on the planet. The arrest was made in Ireland with the takedown reportedly disrupting the entire Tor network which is, sadly, the home of the majority of all illegal online […]

China’s bizarre Nail Houses – when owners refuse to move, construction projects build around them

// August 5th, 2013 // No Comments » // Entertainment

Chinese nail house in middle of highway - Wenling, China, 2012

The Chinese call them “nail houses”, a home whose resident has refused to leave in order to make way for new construction. Rather than cease development, builders simply build around the home, often using innovative, but visually unpleasant, means to continue construction unabated. The term nail house is a pun coined by construction workers and […]