Card Tricks Magician

A Photograph of the Trick Card

Illusionist David Copperfield is known as a pretty good trickster. And yet, the renowned magician was fooled last weekend by his own card trick, when an audience member chose a card of a previously-undiscovered suit. While the trick called for choosing “any card” from the deck, Copperfield was not expecting quite the card his volunteer […]

The Physics of Cutting with Scissors

Long celebrated for its savoir faire, its insouciant elegance, and its bloody habit of guillotining aristocrats, Paris, France is also the undisputed world leader in scissors research. Since its founding more than two-hundred years ago, scientists at the Institut National de Recherche en Ciseaux have made an impressive number of discoveries about the physics, sociology, […]

The Frog King

In olden times, when wishing still helped one, there lived a king whose daughters were all beautiful, but the youngest was so beautiful that the sun itself, which has seen so much, was astonished whenever it shone in her face. Close by the King’s castle lay a great dark forest, and under an old lime-tree […]

Medical Mysteries: Sleepwalking while Awake

Sleepwalking is known to be a dangerous malady, with nearly 3 deaths per year in the United States due to improper use of kitchen appliances while sleepwalking. But until recently, it was thought to be limited to actual sleeping hours, which limits the potential for injury by 66% (assuming the average 8 hours of sleep […]

Bits and Smidgeons and Other Small Units of Measure

When expressing quantities of ingredients for a recipe, magic potion, or an alchemical preparation, some find it difficult to remember the correct scientific units of measure for small amounts. This easy guide will help you. First of all, NEVER write “some” or “a little” in your recipes. These are very inexact figures and can be […]

Bermuda Triangle Actually A Hexagon

The Bermuda Triangle: The area between Miami (Florida), Bermuda, and San Juan (Puerto Rico) where aliens perform unspeakable procedures on helpless human subjects without obtaining informed consent, where pilots and navigators are routinely unlucky, or where nothing particularly unusual happens (but people like to make up creepy stories about it anyway). Last year, The Flying […]

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