One man's quest to create the perfect smile through electrocution
Back in the 19th century, people were keen on all sorts of crazy fucking medical experimentation. One man, Guillaume Duchenne, was obsessed with finding the perfect smile. And his method to find the perfect smile involved using electricity to shock various parts of the face, from people of all ages and walks of life, in order to force them to smile.
As 2011 comes to a close and 2012 begins, there’s already a potentially volatile situation brewing off the coast of Iran in the Strait of Hormuz. As a response to threats of sanctions imposed on its oil exports, Iran has threatened to close the Strait, which is a valuable throughway for not just oil, but all sorts of maritime traffic in the region.
How to make your own GTA IV Cluckin' Bell Fowl Burger
Hungry? How about concocting a double chicken breast Cluckin’ Bell Fowl Burger straight out of Grand Theft Auto? It looks like a damn tasty chicken sandwich and it only takes a little bit of preparation.
Need an awesome job? Professor Stephen Hawking is hiring a new assistant
Looking for an awesome new job? If you’re in the UK and you have a familiarity with electronics and things technical, you may have a shot at the job. Because even though the title is “Graduate Assistant to Professor Hawking”, it’s a technical job— maintaining and keeping the equipment that facilitates his movement and communication running.
The political issue here is why has Obama never talked about being teleported to the secret US colony on Mars in the 1980s
Obama’s birth certificate? That’s such old news. The real issue the GOP should be undertaking this election cycle, the real hard questions they should be asking is “Why has Barack Obama never acknowledged that when he was younger, he was part of a super secret government program that was teleporting US citizens to the secret colony on Mars?”
Finally, the world has a self-emptying diaper so you don't have to wear your dirty pee pants all day
Some clever people in Japan recently invented a self-emptying diaper for men as an alternative to a catheter or just pissing your pants. You put your wang in the little pocket and as soon as a sensor detects pee, it whisks it away.
Rumor: The Wii U will have a full blown app store with non-game apps
After saying that they had no plans to open up a real app store on any of their consoles, rumor has it now Nintendo may be planning a real, full-blown app store on the Wii U. As much as you might think it would be nice to have pure game consoles, that’s just not cutting it anymore.
What makes cocaine addictive? I've used it several times and gone long periods without and never really felt the need for it. Sometimes though, I really feel like doing a few lines. Is it a psychological thing or is there really a chemical dependence? Google searches lead me to addiction clinics and wiki articles but nothing that can really explain it to me in advanced layman terms. Any thoughts? Links? Stories to share?
My understanding is that it’s addictive over time. One of the reasons it was so popular in the late 1800s and early 1900s as a pick-me-up was that they thought it was non-addictive and had no side effects. But it is bad for your heart and over time, you end up having to do more and more of it to get the same buzz and that’s when it becomes an addiction.
Takeshi's Challenge, the most difficult game ever, finally translated into English
Released by Taito in December of 1986, Takeshi’s Challenge (Takeshi no Chōsenjō) is often considered the most difficult and one of the worst video games ever made. The Famicom classic only sold 80,000 copies, and now it’s been translated into English.
Rare ancient and brainless fish caught on camera. Should be getting its own show on Fox News soon
Marine surveys off the coast of Scotland have captured a glimpse of the rarely seen amphixious — a brainless, faceless fish considered to be one of the first creatures to evolve a backbone over half a billion years ago. Instead of a brain, the fish’s essential functions are controlled simply through its spinal cord.
The Envision custom portable makes your old GameCube mobile
Ever since Ben Heck started making custom handheld game systems, almost every console has been converted into some sort of handheld version. This GameCube mod, called the Envision is one of the simpler and nicer looking GameCube portable mods I’ve seen, even if the buttons look slightly wiggly.
This Chinese train is faster than an airliner. I still wouldn't ride it.
China and Japan are all about building really fast trains. With high populations and lots of crowding, trains in east Asia are as essential to commuting and traveling as they are in Europe. A couple days ago, the Chinese government unveiled that can go 310mph, which is faster than most small commuter planes and makes it the fastest wheeled train ever.
Skype will be offering free Wi-Fi throughout New York on New Year's Eve
This New Year’s Eve, Skype will be marinating much of Manhattan with free Wi-Fi. For 24 hours starting at noon on December 31st, just pull out your tablet, smartphone, or laptop and connect to a “Skype WiFi” hotspot and enjoy some free bandwidth — the underlying connection is being provided by Towerstream’s commercial WiMAX network.
CBZ...I need some suggestion on a great Legacy name for my SWTOR! Can you put the word out and see if the crazy ass folks on IHC can give me some great suggestions! (If I use the name from someone, I'll send a screen shot to IHC)
Dropbox experimenting with photo and video import, enables instant transfer to the cloud
Dropbox can be incredibly useful, but its limitation is that it requires you to actually drop files into your Dropbox folder from a computer. But now, Dropbox is apparently experimenting with the idea of automatic photo and video importing to your Dropbox account. That would be handy.
Marvel's lawyers arguing in real life that X-Men mutants aren't human
For all the discussion on the pages of comic books about whether mutants are human or not, when it comes to the real world, Marvel is arguing fiercely that X-Men are not human. But it’s not an ideological debate, it’s all about taxes.