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Lawyer consumption rates of Tyrannosaurus rex

A science question inspired by the scene in Jurassic Park in which the T rex ate the lawyer: How many lawyers would it take to properly feed a captive T.

Men’s Fashion Week

Men's fashion week just wrapped up in Paris. Some of the new looks that fashionable men will soon be sporting are below.

Robber calls cops on himself

Some people just aren't cut out for crime. The Montana Standard - July 9, 1978

The Trippel SG6

A German entry in the amphibious car sweepstakes. It's the final car in the video parade below.

With real lemon juice!

In 1982, the Maryland Poison Center reported almost 80 cases of people who had suffered nausea and diarrhea after drinking Sunlight dishwashing liquid.

Stars ‘n Stripes Girdle

Introduced in 1965 by the Treo Company, and promptly withdrawn from the market on account of complaints by the Daughters of the American Revolution.

8 tons of fallout biscuits

A follow-up to my post yesterday about the invention of 'fallout biscuits' in 1961. In 1971, eight tons of these biscuits, or crackers, caused the floor to collapse at the South Carolina State House: "All of a sudden the walls of the State House began to shake and then the whole world fell in," said Woody Brooks, whose office is next to the storage room...

Fallout Biscuits

Back in 1961, the U.S. Office of Civil Defense came out with 'fallout biscuits.' They were vitaminized crackers.

Fragrance-coded card catalog

In 1974, the public library in Upper Arlington, Ohio added scratch-and-sniff scents to its card catalog.

The Candy Tangerine Man

Ronald’s no protester

But I wonder how Ronald ever got targeted by the selective service system if he hadn't registered yet.


Breadwoman is a character who wears rags and a loaf of bread on her head while she dances to electronic music.

Buttless Jeans

The new look in jeans from UK fashion brand The Ragged Priest. Cost: $125. Underwear not included. More info: Yahoo!

Static Copyrighted

From a recent New Yorker article: Sebastian Tomczak, an electronic musician from Australia, uploaded a ten-hour white-noise video to YouTube, and was promptly walloped with five infringement claims...

Drive-Thru Funeral Home

In 1968, Herschel Thornton of Atlanta, Georgia opened the world's first drive-thru funeral home. He called it a "mortatorium." The press dubbed it the "remains to be seen" funeral home.

Trimming the Largest Yew Hedge

According to The Telegraph, they use a cherry picker nowadays to trim the thing. It produces almost a ton of clippings, which are sold to pharmaceutical companies who use yew extract as a key ingredient in a chemotherapy drug, Docetaxel.

Shed Defender

AKA leotards for dogs. Available at The patent pending Shed Defender is intended to be worn in the house, car, or anywhere you don’t want dog hair, dirt, dander, and allergens.

Prisoners who escape a day before release

The recurring weird news theme of prisoners who escape from jail a day before they're set to be released.

An urge to conquer something big

1961: A 14-year-old boy commandeered a Trailways bus and drove it fifteen blocks because he "had an urge to conquer something big" and wanted to drive it "somewhere." Compare this to Bronx bus driver William Cimillo who, in 1947, instead of following his daily route drove the bus to Florida because he was overcome by "that old spring-time urge." There must be a name for the psychiatric condition of being overcome by a desire to drive a bus to somewhere far away.

Smoking Ants

The earliest report I can find of people in the Persian Gulf smoking ants is the one below, from 1994.