Tuesday, July 22

The Debunker: Can Warm Summer Nights Cause “Heat Lightning”?

by Ken Jennings

Lord Almighty, I feel my temperature rising. If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, July is the beginning of the “dog days” of summer, the hottest period of the year. But you know what’s cool on a hot day? Knowledge. Grab a tall glass of lemonade, settle down in a hammock under a shady tree, and let Jeopardy! wunderkind Ken Jennings set you straight on some shamefully persistent misinformation about hot stuff.

The Debunker: Can Warm Summer Nights Cause “Heat Lightning”?

You’re sitting on your porch on a warm, humid summer night. Without warning, off on the horizon, you see flashes of lightning. After a few minutes’ pause, the lightning continues. But the whole time, you haven’t felt a drop of rain—in fact, there’s not a cloud in the sky. Even weirder, none of the lightning was accompanied by thunder! This is clearly no ordinary lightning.

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Monday, July 21

Who Woots?

by Sam Kemmis

Did you watch the entire 8-hour birthday livestream on July 11th? We sure hope, for your sake, that you did not, in which case you probably missed some of the interviews with our favorite forum users. Like this one:

We’ll be rolling these infotaining interviews into this playlist throughout the month, so make sure to remind yourself to check back in if you find them enjoyable.

A special thanks to all the great Wooters who agreed to play along. You all are the reason we do this dumb stuff.

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Music Monday: Heat

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! Right now, it's likely to be getting prett-ty warm around you. So today's Music Monday is Scott's tribute to heat. Consider it our way of warming you up to the Dog Days of Summer. Also we wanted to use that terrible pun.

The Style Council - Long Hot Summer

 

There aren't many songs that feel connected to both an era and a season, but just listen! How could this song be born anywhere but the summer of 1983?

Eh, so they're gonna be short, so what. It's too hot to do a lot of work. See you after the jump.

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Sunday, July 20

 

Saturday, July 19

Moments in Woot History!

by Sean Adams

Ever wonder what it's like inside Woot?! No? Really, not even a little? Are you sure? Seriously, you never thought about that? Why haven't you thought about that? WHY DON'T YOU WANT TO KNOW WHAT IT'S LIKE AT YOUR FAVORITE ECOMMERCE SITE???

Sorry, just a Comcast moment there. Anyway, take a look at our newest video series, Moments in Woot History:

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Tuesday, July 15

The Debunker: Did Benjamin Franklin Invent the Franklin Stove?

by Ken Jennings

Lord Almighty, I feel my temperature rising. If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, July is the beginning of the “dog days” of summer, the hottest period of the year. But you know what’s cool on a hot day? Knowledge. Grab a tall glass of lemonade, settle down in a hammock under a shady tree, and let Jeopardy! wunderkind Ken Jennings set you straight on some shamefully persistent misinformation about hot stuff.

The Debunker: Did Benjamin Franklin Invent the Franklin Stove?

Benjamin Franklin was certainly one of the great inventors of his time, and his lively intellect led to a series of innovations we still benefit from today: bifocals, the lightning rod, the flexible urinary catheter. Yes, every time an old person is able to finish their Sudoku while not getting struck by lightning and/or peeing his hospital bed, we have Ben Franklin to thank.

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Monday, July 14

Music Monday: Classy Vibes

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! If you were to break into Scott's house and look at his record collection, you'd maybe be shocked to see how many records feature the vibes. Today Scott's gathered some vibraphone hits he knows and loves and set them out on display. After you enjoy them, it'll be your turn to add a few! And don't worry, we're using the super-loose interpretation today. Xylophones, bells, marimba, whatever, today we're callin' 'em all vibes.

Roy Ayers - Liquid Love

 

Roy Ayers is one of those names you find almost instantly if you start getting into a certain type of music. He's not a household name like Miles Davis or John Coltrane, but he's got his only little soulful corner of the world and he maintains that corner expertly. It's just too bad that the "good vibrations" joke has been done to death, because Roy Ayers would be the perfect jazzman to use it on.

Got lots of vibein' to come after the jump. Hurry on in!

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