This bizarre and fascinating tale comes to us, once again, courtesy Reddit’s No Sleep district, in a post by Redditor Jivegantor titled “My Uncle’s Attic.”
In 1990, futurist Ray Kurzweil predicted that a computer would win a game of chess against a human by 1998. His prediction came true on May 11, 1997, when IBM’s Deep Blue defeated the world chess champion Garry Kasparov. More recently, Kurzweil, who now works for Google, shared a new prediction: within 15 years, computers …
The Z-Machines, a three-robot band spawned by Japanese roboticists, aren’t your typical musicians. For one, they’re robots. That’s the big one. But for another, the guitarist has 78 fingers and the drummer has 22 arms.
One of Germany’s greatest unsolved murder mysteries is the bizarre case of Günther Stoll, a case otherwise known as YOGTZE-Fall.
Well here’s something you don’t see every day. A Giant Pacific Octopus lunges out at a diver and tries to steal away his underwater camera.
I’ve often mentioned Project Pegasus, but we’ve never really talked about it, you know? So sit back, relax, mix yourself a cool Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster. Or don’t, because reading this will probably give you the same effect.*
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, otherwise known as NOAA or the Ruiner of Dreams, apparently doesn’t buy into the whole “Bermuda Triangle” thing, either.
Have you ever wondered what your brain looks like when it’s forming memories? The above video, which comes from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, shows off fluorescently tagged molecules as they traverse a mouse brain’s labyrinth of cells, forming new memories. It’s a breakthrough the researchers call a “technological tour de force.”
You know, our brains aren’t perfect. We can’t always believe our own eyes, for all the good they do us. Take, for example, these anamorphic illusions, brought to us by YouTube user brusspup. They’re distorted photorealistic print-outs that, when viewed at the perfect angle, appear mind-bogglingly realistic.
James Burne Worson thought himself the most athletic man in Warickshire, England, so when his friends challenged him to run from Leamington to Coventry, he readily accepted. Little did he realize this race would be his last.
900,000 years ago, an alien videotaped his attempts to educate a caveman. They have been codenamed the Prometheus and Bob Tapes.