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Wednesday, July 20

We're Changing The Site, Don't Freak Out

by Woot Embetterment Team

All things must change. The sea. the sky, the birds, the beasts, the area to which your local pizza place delivers. So the river becomes the lion. And do we must do change so too. Oh, you don't like our poetry? Fine. We'll just say it plain: we're making some changes to the bar up at the top.

Don't panic or anything, they're not drastic. We're just gonna change this...

 

...to this!

 

There, see? That's not so scary, is it? We've made this decision as a result of conversation, market research, and throwing darts at a board in the break room. We think it takes the best of the past and combines it with the best of the future. Watch for this change to happen soon and for other changes to begin appearing after. We'll keep you posted on our embetterment as it happens. Because hey: we love you. Even if you don't always appreciate our poetry.

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Tuesday, July 19

The Debunker: Can Defibrillators "Restart" a Stopped Heart?

by Ken Jennings

In July 1820, Danish scientist Hans Christian Oersted published a groundbreaking pamphlet on the relationship between electric current and magnetic fields, effectively kicking off our modern electric age. You may think about electromagnetism every July when you look at your power bill and see how it spikes when your air conditioner is on. In honor of everyone getting zapped by the electric company this month, we've asked Jeopardy!'s Ken Jennings to set us straight on some high-voltage misconceptions about electricity, correcting all of our shocking ignorance. He knows "watts" up. He keeps current.

The Debunker: Can Defibrillators "Restart" a Stopped Heart?

If TV medical dramas have taught me nothing else, it's this: you can magically turn a dead person into a not-dead person by rubbing two little paddle things together, yelling "Clear!" and jolting them in the chest. L.A. improv classes probably spend at least two or three sessions practicing the "defibrillator jerk" they'll need to master if they're ever going to play Heart Attack Patient #2 on Code Black.

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Monday, July 18

Music Monday: Scott Walker

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! There might be no artist with a more unusual career path than Scott Walker. Started as a youngster singing pop in America, moved to England with a bigger fan club than The Beatles, and now lives in quiet solitude creating incredibly weird music. Walk through his magic with our Scott, won't you? Let's try to take the name back from the Wisconsin governor and return it to music.

The Walker Brothers - The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Any More

 

Before the Ramones met in that elevator, three guys named Walker made this lovely smooth pop hit. Of course, in real life, none of them were actually named Walker. Scott Engel handled the vocals here, under his assumed name. Listening to this, who would have expected that this would be coming a few decades later?

It only gets weirder. More Scott Walker after the jump.

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Saturday, July 16