Monday, April 07

Music Monday: Conspiracy Songs

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! In today's weird, messed-up world, we're surrounded by conspiracy theories each and every day. So it should be no wonder that we've all heard songs about that very concept. Today Scott's spoken with some shadowy figures from the Illuminati and gotten permission to do a list of conspiracy songs. Check it out… before they make him take it down!

Soul Coughing - Unmarked Helicopters

 

A team of special helicopters with no markings that answer to no one? Pffft. Next you'll say that the Pentagon has a Black Ops budget nobody can account for! Face it, as conspiracies go, these spooky helicopters are pretty easy to accept. All it takes is a can of paint and a General saying "need-to-know" a few times!

The truth is after the jump. See you there, if you think you can handle it.

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Thursday, April 03

The Trivial Eye: Young Adult Novels

by Jason Toon
Today, the day after International Children's Book Day, seems like a good time to celebrate Young Adult novels. Of course, in a better world, they would just be called novels. Those who judge a book by which section it's shelved in are missing out. The best YA fiction can be as serious, as funny, and as moving as anything on the latest prize shortlist - and I'm sure at least one of these classics has left an indelible impression on you, too.

 

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Tuesday, April 01

The Debunker: Did Henry VIII Divorce Any of His Wives?

by Ken Jennings

Put on a purple hat and rent some Corgis: Queen Elizabeth II is turning 87 years old this month! (Actually, the queen celebrates her official public birthday in June, because the weather is likely to be nicer then. That is a true fact. But she was actually born in April.) In honor of Her Majesty, we’ve asked Jeopardy! smart-arse Ken Jennings to spend the month debunking misinformation about the monarchy. Apparently we’ve been royally misled for years.

The Debunker: Did Henry VIII Divorce Any of His Wives?

“Divorced, beheaded, died, / Divorced, beheaded, survived.” That’s the mnemonic rhyme we used in school when we were studying the life of Larry King. Oops, that’s wrong. Just dug out my old notes. King Henry VIII of England.

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Now Highering: Woot Copy Editor

by Amy Nance

Its a sad day hear at Woot. It seems our deer copy editor had some sort of psychotic brake yesterday and won't be returning. We found him sititing behind his desk, mumbling something abou to, two and too ... or maybe tutus, were not really shure. We just held and rocked him for a while, shushed him and said "their they're" until they came and took him away. Its to bad. We really licked that guy. And through hell always be in our hearts, we must move one.

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Monday, March 31

Music Monday: Tools & Gardens

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! If you didn't notice Woot Tools & Garden turns one today! Scott was feeling lazy thought it would be fun to pick out his favorite tool, garden and automotive songs. He encourages you to do the same to make it look like this was a good idea. HERE'S THE FIRST ONE NOW

Queen - Hammer To Fall

 

A hammer is the tool most people think of first. Queen is the band most people love. They're a natural fit, aren't they? Seems like it to me.

More T&G love coming up inside. See you after the jump!

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Tuesday, March 25

The Debunker: Are There Super-Smart People with Photographic Memory?

by Ken Jennings

Did you know that the second week of March is Brain Awareness Week around the globe? You didn’t? You weren’t aware of your brain? Conscious of your consciousness? Well, get with the program. March is perhaps the brainiest month of the year—it’s also when we celebrate the 1879 birthday of famous smarty-pants Albert Einstein, and the 1946 beginning of Mensa intelligence testing. But it turns out people will believe just about anything they hear about what’s going up between their ears. We’ve asked Ken Jennings to fact-check some particularly lame-brained misconceptions about gray matter.

The Debunker: Are There Super-Smart People with “Photographic Memory”?

When people recognize me from my streak on the quiz show Jeopardy!, it’s one of the most common questions I get, right up there with “What is Alex Trebek really like?” and “Why do you still dress so badly?” People always want to know, “You have a photographic memory, right?” I don’t! What a useful thing that would be, to be able to casually glance at a page of text, or a map, or a painting, and remember it forever. I think the NSA would pay for that skill.

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Monday, March 24

Music Monday: Lies

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! Music has always been about the dark side of life, so one must expect that lies would be mentioned regularly. Today Scott's picked five songs about lies. Do you have any to add? It'll be your turn at the end! Honest!

Fleetwood Mac - Little Lies

 

Lies can be weird, because sometimes they're what we WANT to hear. We know they're fake, but we still want 'em whispered at us. And, to be fair, sometimes the world is just better when wrapped in lies.

See you after the jump! Unless we're just making that up. You gotta ask yourself… can you trust this blog post?

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Friday, March 21

 

Tuesday, March 18

The Debunker: Do We Use Only 10 Percent of Our Brains?

by Ken Jennings

Did you know that the second week of March is Brain Awareness Week around the globe? You didn’t? You weren’t aware of your brain? Conscious of your consciousness? Well, get with the program. March is perhaps the brainiest month of the year—it’s also when we celebrate the 1879 birthday of famous smarty-pants Albert Einstein, and the 1946 beginning of Mensa intelligence testing. But it turns out people will believe just about anything they hear about what’s going up between their ears. We’ve asked Ken Jennings to fact-check some particularly lame-brained misconceptions about gray matter.

The Debunker: Do We Use Only 10 Percent of Our Brains?

Harvard psychologist William James used to claim that people “use only a small part of our mental and physical resources.” This is hard to argue with: of course, humans are born with an abundance of time and talent and possibility and sadly, most of us spend a lot of it on dumb stuff like Facebook or fantasy football. But in 1936, Professor James’s soundbite suddenly went viral. Journalist Lowell Thomas misquoted James to say that “the average person develops only 10 percent of his latent mental ability”—and then added the now very scientific-sounding claim to his introduction to Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People. The book, with Thomas’s information attached, became the biggest bestseller of its time.

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Monday, March 17

Music Monday: Bad Beatles Covers

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! Remember when Scott asked for your favorite Beatles covers once upon a time? Well, now Scott's asking for the worst. He's picked five horrid Beatles covers and expects you to do the same. Don't cross him. He's nuts.

Telly Savalas - Something

 

Best known as a guy who played a tough detective, Telly's side career was hyping a gambler's credit card. His cover is sort of like hearing your cool uncle doing karaoke at your sister's wedding. It's not the worst thing ever, but you wouldn't expect someone to run in with a recording contract. AND YET

It's only gonna plummet from here. See you after the jump!

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