How banks help scammers steal your money

How banks help scammers steal your money
Crooks need help from real banks to rip you off.

Let’s say a crooked telemarketer somehow tricks you into revealing your credit card information over the phone. Continue reading

Harry Blackstone, World’s Master Magician

Harry Blackstone, World's Master Magician
A Blackstone souvenir program

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Wondering about wonder. Why do we?

Wondering about wonder. Why do we?
A wonderful circus poster

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Why you should never talk to the FBI

Why you should never talk to the FBI
How the FBI warps your words

Paranoia… or prudence?

Attorney Harvey Silverglate explains the interview technique used by the FBI to manipulate what you say and turn your own words against you. Continue reading

Why we are all hermaphrodites

Why we are all hermaphrodites
Why statistics can be deceptive 
and turn us all into "Albert-Alberta."

From a thread on Reddit called "What’s the most intellectual joke you know?"
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Why we are all drag queens

Why we are all drag queens
Both faces are "real".

New York photographer Leland Bobbe took a series of portrait photos he calls "Half Drag." Men with a female drag queen persona made themselves up with half their face female and half male. Continue reading

Why did the FBI run a child porn website?

Why did the FBI run a child porn website?

In November 2012, FBI agents in Nebraska had a problem. They’d uncovered an online bulletin board web site with over 5,000 users who shared pornographic images of children, but they weren’t able to identify any of the customers. Continue reading

When the psychic word collides with the real world

When the psychic word collides with the real world
The media descended on the farm, looking for a story.

Joe Bankson and Gena Charlton live in a farmhouse in Hardin, Texas. Continue reading

When real clouds look fake

When real clouds look fake
Mammatus Clouds

Nature likes to mess with our concept of what we think looks real.

When real clouds look fake
Cirrus Kelvin-Helmholtz Clouds

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What is magical about this beached sperm whale?

What is magical about this beached sperm whale?
Scientists administer to the body of a dead 
sperm whale which has beached itself near 
the River Thames in Greenwich, England. Continue reading