Friday, October 10

 

Thursday, October 09

 

Wednesday, October 08

 

Tuesday, October 07

The Debunker: Is the Big Dipper a Constellation?

by Ken Jennings

Human ignorance, sadly, isn't limited to planet Earth. Even today, over 400 years after the Age of Enlightenment began, plenty of people are still getting plenty of stuff wrong--not just about our home planet, but about the whole universe. Luckily, Jeopardy!s Ken Jennings is the author of a new book about the mysteries of the cosmos, the Junior Genius Guide to Outer Space. In this month's Debunker columns, he'll set us straight on a whole sky full of starry slip-ups. These are some misconceptions of truly astronomical proportion.

The Debunker: Star Myth #1: Is the Big Dipper a Constellation?

Ask someone to name a constellation in the night sky, and odds are most of them will first think of the Big Dipper, the seven bright stars that gleam overhead on summer nights in an unmistakable sickle-shaped pattern. The Big Dipper has helped humans navigate for millennia by pointing the way to Polaris, the North Star. Virtually every culture had its own name for the Dipper, from the "Drinking Gourd" of West Africa to the "Seven Gods" of Mongolia to the "Charles' Wagon" of the Vikings. It's iconic enough to have been borrowed for the corporate logo of Iridium Communications and on the state flag of Alaska. But the world's most famous constellation isn't actually a constellation at all. It's an asterism.

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Monday, October 06

Music Monday: Sports Songs

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! Some people love sports. Some people love sports so much, they write songs about sports! Scott’s gathered those songs here today for your amusement. Also we need 50 million dollars in public money to build a Music Monday stadium or we’re taking this post to Oklahoma.

Operator Please - Just A Song About Ping Pong

 

This is so catchy and simple that it’s hard to believe Malcolm McLaren wasn’t involved somehow. And don’t start looking for metaphor here. This is JUST a song about ping pong.

See you after the jump!

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Monday, September 29

Music Monday: Guess The Theme!

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! Hey, wanna play guess the theme? Well… tough, you’ve got no choice. Scott’s kept today’s theme secret from everyone. See how many videos it takes you to guess it. No cheating!

THE HINT: Poe - Hey Pretty

 

This song doesn’t quite fit the theme, but it’s close. So consider this a hint. If you guess it correctly right now, award yourself ten imaginary points! Everyone else? Head on inside!

Remember: play fair. Imaginary points you don’t earn honestly turn into poison in your hand. See you after the jump!

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Friday, September 26

 

Tuesday, September 23

The Debunker: Should You Crack Your Windows During a Hurricane or Tornado?

by Ken Jennings

Did you know that September is National Preparedness Month? The catchy government slogan is "Be disaster aware! Take action to prepare!" But how disaster-aware are we really? Lots of the things we know about life's worst calamities are actually wrong--and in some cases, dangerously so. Luckily, Ken Jennings, Jeopardy! survivor and professional know-it-all, is here to set us straight. Because what could be more disastrous than ignorance? Well, maybe a big volcano. Ignorance, and also a big volcano.

The Debunker: Should You Crack Your Windows During a Hurricane or Tornado?

You probably haven't heard of the National Wind Institute at Texas Tech University, but the lab has saved countless lives over the last fifty years with research into the effectiveness of tornado shelters and other types of storm preparedness. The heart of the lab: a pneumatic cannon that can simulate wind and flying debris at speeds up over 250 miles per hour. If your ground shelter doesn't withstand TTU's wind lab, it's back to the drawing board for you.

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