10 Things You Didn’t Know About Books You Love

1. Where the Wild Things Are (1963)
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Maurice Sendak once replied to a young boy’s fan mail with a hand drawn picture of one of his characters. The boy’s mother wrote back saying simply “Jim loved your card so much he ate it.”

2. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (1997)

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J.K. Rowling told Alan Rickman the end to Snape’s story arc before he ever appeared on camera as Snape in the Harry Potter movies. As a result he often argued with directors based on knowing something they didn’t.

3. Next (2006)

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Critic Michael Crowley gave such a poor review of one of author Michael Crichton’s books, that Crichton made a character ‘Mick Crowley’ in his next book, who was a child molester with a small penis.

4. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1964)

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In the novel “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, there was a lost chapter, with a 6th child who got ground into the candy. It was deemed to gruesome to publish.

5. The Hunger Games (2008)
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Suzanne Collins was a writer on Nickelodeon’s Clarissa Explains It All.

6. Charlotte’s Web (1952)

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Author of Charlotte’s Web (E.B. White) did the recording for the audio book, it took him 17 takes to record the passage about her death because each time he would cry or his voice would crack.

7. World War Z (2006)

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Max Brooks, author of such novels as “World War Z” and “The Zombie Survival Guide” is the son of comic genius Mel Brooks.

8. Fahrenheit 451 (1953)
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Ray Bradbury originally titled Fahrenheit 451 as “The Fireman”, but he & editors found the name boring so they called a local fire station and asked what temperature book paper burnt at. The firemen put Bradbury on hold, burnt a book, and reported that the temp it burnt at was “Fahrenheit 451”.

9. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (1981)

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Douglas Adams, author of “The Hitchhikers Guide…” series, only told one other person his secret for choosing the number “42″ as the “Ultimate Answer.” That other person is Stephen Fry, who says he’ll take that secret to the grave.

10. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)

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Ian Fleming, author of the James Bond novels, wrote Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

‘Wrecking Ball’ Like You Have Never Seen It

The VCU pep band and student section pulled out all the stops when showing off their newest song – Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball”. Complete with the Space Kitten and the most rocking tuba players ever. The band was positioned behind one of the baskets and that appeared to have an effect on the visiting George Mason players, who were 7 of 16 from the line.

Check it out in the video below.

Credit: The Big Lead

The Rams came away with a 71-57 victory.

7 Amazing Optical Illusions That Will Make Your Brain Hurt

1. The image is not moving

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This is not an animated GIF. You could print it out and the effect will still be there.

2. Chase the dots

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This is known as the Hermann grid illusion. The illusion is characterized by “ghostlike” grey blobs perceived at the intersections of a white grid on a black background. The illusion disappears if you fixate on the crossings.

3. The Hidden Tiger

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This was made by American wildlife artist Rusty Rust, sure you see the Bengal tiger but can you find the hidden tiger somewhere in the painting? Keep looking, you will find it.

4. Which way is the train going?

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The train may be moving in a different direction each time you look at the image. Try staring at it long enough and you can make the train change directions.

5. Frog or Horse?

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Most people see the frog right away, there is a horse in the picture as well, no lies!

6. The red lines are straight, yes really!

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This is the Hering illusion where two straight and parallel lines look as if they were bowed outwards. The effect is produced by the lined pattern on the background that simulate a perspective design and creates a false impression of depth. Just another example of your brain creating an optical illusion to mess with you.

7. Spend your day sorting this out…

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This extraordinary feat of manipulation of photography will melt your brain hurt if you stare at it for too long.

Ants – Are They A Solid Or A Liquid?

Ever wonder about the viscosity of ants? Ants can flow like a liquid rearranging themselves in the group and bounce back like an elastic solid, not unlike a rubber ball.

Masses of fire ants show a duality that intrigues physicists and could have practical implications. Imagine for example self assembling robots which build themselves out of smaller bits – all inspired by a ball of ants.

In a presentation at a meeting of the American Physical Society researchers showed video of fire ants being poured out of a funnel and also springing back into a rough ball shape after being pressed down.

Let’s just hope that we don’t someday find that fire ants could also be a gas…that would be creepy.


Source: NYTimes

Biodome, With sound.  Population: You.

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Meet the AudioOrb, a Plexiglas immersive speaker system. Developed by Scandinavian creative lab ST, the company behind one of the largest iPod speaker docks ever built, there are only five AudioOrbs slated for production.

The sphere is fitted with 18 speakers, blocks outside noise and is fitted with pillows that adjust to body shape. All it will cost you is a cool $15,000 to have your very own human-sized hamster ball of sound.

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13 Surprising Facts About Animals

1. More people are killed by teddy bears than grizzly bears in any given year.

2. 7% of all Facebook accounts belong to dogs and 4% of all accounts belong to cats.

3. Bugs Bunny was given the rank of honorary master sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps at the end of World War II.

4. Because of the high amount of mercury in Lake Michigan, more than 40% of the fish are born autistic and do not survive their first year.

5. Penguins have a gland above their eyes, called the supraorbital gland, that converts seawater to freshwater.

6. In 1924, a monkey was tried and convicted for smoking a cigarette in South Bend, Indiana.

7. The main difference between seals and sea lions is that sea lions have ears.

8. Every hour, about 12,500 puppies are born in the U.S.

9. It is illegal to graffiti someone else’s cow in Texas.

10. Platypuses don’t have stomachs.

11. The flamingo can only eat when its head is upside-down.

12. A pig’s orgasm can last up to 30 minutes.

13. There are over one million ants for every human in the world.

We Are Oddly Obsessed With This Video, Watch And You Will Be Too

Your mom is a stalker. I know that sounds harsh, but it kinda feels true doesn’t it? Old Spice‘s latest commercial, “Mom Song,” affirms this notion with a slew of emotional moms in disguise and distress following their sons around as they come into manhood.

The ad is nothing short of brilliant — and more than a little sinister. The moms start out lamenting about boys becoming men as they spy on their sons and their girlfriends on dates, but builds into a crescendo of weird with them riding laundry baskets behind cars and slithering out of couches.

Old Spice ‘Mom Song’ Commercial: Creepy, yet lovable.

We want to know what you think, did Old Spice cross the line here? Drop a comment below with your thoughts on the new ad!

A Long Time Ago, We Used To Be Friends…

You gotta love Kickstarter.

The theatrical trailer has been released for the upcoming Veronica Mars movie and it looks awesome. If you didn’t watch Veronica Mars, (first off, shame on you – you are the reason they cancelled it!) you should know that the show to this day has a very loyal fan base which famously raised $5.7 million via the crowdfunding site Kickstarter.com to get the film made.

Veronica Mars starred Kristen Bell as a teen detective investigating crimes in her hometown of Neptune, California. The new trailer has her drawn back to her hometown after murder accusations point toward her former boyfriend Logan Echolls (Jason Dohring) as the culprit. Oh and just in time for her ten-year high school reunion.

The Veronica Mars film will premiere in select theaters on March 14th, 2014.

Source: Veronica Mars