Offbeat

The Catalina missile a boy scout conspiracy?

An explanation for the spectacular missile contrail that appeared in the Los Angeles sky last night continues to prove elusive. Amidst the speculation, a benign possibility suggests itself: could it be that someone got carried away while trying to earn Scouting's space exploration merit badge?

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Letterpress chic

We're fascinated by all kinds of technology. Apple's remix of letterpress and desktop publishing may be more mainstream than steampunk, but it reminds us what a tremendous technology the press in all its manifestations can be. Follow the jump for a short film profiling Manhattan printer Robert Warner, master of printing technology from the turn of the last century.

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Apple puts letterpress in the cloud

In the excitement around the new MacBook Airs, another Apple product rollout has received less attention: the addition of a letterpress-printing option in iPhoto. But Apple's foray into craft printing should come as no surprise; Steve Jobs has always been an aficionado of classic typography.

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Woman Kills Her Baby for Interrupting Farmville Session

If you shake your baby to death for ANY reason, you have more problems to worry about than Farmville addiction, but this is a case of Zynga devotion taken to a whole new level. 22 year-old Jacksonsville, Florida resident Alexandra V. Tobias shook her baby to death after the three-month old Dylan Lee Edmondson had been crying during a rousing ...

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Time Traveler Caught Talking on Mobile Phone in 1928 Charlie Chaplin Film

Now THIS is weird. George Clarke from Yellow Fever Productions was watching a documentary clip filmed in 1928 for the Charlie Chaplin film “The Circus” and he saw something that caught his eye. The clip in question recorded attendees of the film’s premiere at Manns Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, CA. In one scene, an older woman dressed in black, with ...

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Let’s Spend Mark Zuckerberg’s Money

A million dollars isn’t cool. You know what’s cool? 6.9 billion dollars. That’s cool. And that’s how much Mark Zuckerberg is worth if you listen to financial projections. If you had Zuck’s mad FaceMash cash, what would you spend? This helpful little infographic makes some suggestions to Zuckerberg on how he should spend his money. Let’s put it this way. ...

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The Cat Organ: The Most Bizarre Musical Instrument You’ve Ever Seen

The cat organ, also known by its German name Katzenklavier, was a piano-like instrument that replaced the hammering of the traditional percussion piano with a line of cats fixed in place, their tails attached under a keyboard. Every time a key was pressed, a corresponding cat’s tail was yanked, making the unprepared feline shriek out in pain. The cats would ...

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