How deception gave a ball player his nickname

How deception gave a ball player his nickname
Mike Trout

Here’s how baseball player Mike Trout, who plays for the Los Angeles Angels, got his nickname. Continue reading

How a secret plan involving hats almost failed

How a secret plan involving hats almost failed
It was a plan of "childish simplicity"

From the blog Futility Closet:

The Treaty of Berlin was drafted in secrecy, so its framers were astonished to find it published in the London Times. Continue reading

Why was a giant condom on this senator’s house?

Why was a giant condom on this senator's house?
It was a political statement.

Peter Stanley explains his prank, committed during the height of the AIDS epidemic:

On September 5th, 1991, I put a giant condom over Jesse Helms’ house. Continue reading

Why digital maps killed the town of Argleton

Why digital maps killed the town of Argleton
As you can see, Argleton is merely
 a bunch of fields in rural England.

Here’s why you can never travel there:
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Watch this hypnotic artwork “A Million Times”

Watch this hypnotic artwork "A Million Times"
Seeing this kinetic clock as a still 
image does not reveal its power.

It was created by Swedish design studio Humans Since 1982. Continue reading

Watch 54 film clips “break the fourth wall”

Watch 54 film clips "break the fourth wall"
She knows you’re watching…

As we watch a film we get used to the convention of not acknowledging
that we’re watching a film, which is deceptive in and of itself, since
we are watching, and the filmmakers know that we will be watching, so we are succumbing to the film’s illusion. Continue reading

Waitress tells crazy story about identity theft

Waitress tells crazy story about identity theft
Brianna Priddy tells her tale.

Brianna Priddy is a server in an Applebee’s restaurant in Lakewood, Colorado who’s got a great story to tell you. Continue reading

Usually, people try to sneak OUT of jail

Usually, people try to sneak OUT of jail
Maybe Matthew Matagrano just likes jail.

A 36-year old man named Matthew Matagrano has been charged for sneaking into New York City’s Rikers Island Jail. Continue reading

This pig, it’s a hero! (But it’s not that simple)

This pig, it's a hero! (But it's not that simple)
The story of how a pig rescued a goat, 
and the video went viral.

From The New York Times:

On Sept. 19 a 30-second video appeared on YouTube, depicting a baby goat that had become stuck in the pond of a petting zoo and that was heroically rescued with a helpful nudge from a pig that swam out to it. Continue reading

These little babies might creep you out

These little babies might creep you out
Reborn dolls are hyper-realistic,
lifelike representations of babies.

Says photographer Rebecca Martinez, who has taken many photos of these dolls and their owners:
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