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  • 11 Chores and Tasks Technology Will Make Obsolete

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    5 Mar 2015 | 7:00 pm
    With new gadgets and advances in technology being made every year, basic chores are becoming easier and easier. Pretty soon, you won’t have to worry about any of them. Here are 11 tasks we may not have to deal with in the near future. 1. Cooking Dinner Soon, dinner might be as easy to make as a cup of coffee. Thanks to advances in robotics, a machine can cook entire meals for you—just add the ingredients and plug in the recipe. The heat source will be built in, so you don’t have to worry about any fire hazards. 2. Remembering Your Keys Save the extra pocket space and ditch your keys.
  • 11 Chores and Tasks Technology Will Make Obsolete

    Mental Floss
    5 Mar 2015 | 7:00 pm
    With new gadgets and advances in technology being made every year, basic chores are becoming easier and easier. Pretty soon, you won’t have to worry about any of them. Here are 11 tasks we may not have to deal with in the near future. 1. Cooking Dinner Soon, dinner might be as easy to make as a cup of coffee. Thanks to advances in robotics, a machine can cook entire meals for you—just add the ingredients and plug in the recipe. The heat source will be built in, so you don’t have to worry about any fire hazards. 2. Remembering Your Keys Save the extra pocket space and ditch your keys.
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  • 6 Celebrities Rejected for Military ServiceSpringsteen’s...

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    4 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    6 Celebrities Rejected for Military ServiceSpringsteen’s landmark “Born in the USA” was the singer’s reflection on the plight of American veterans returning home from Vietnam. He would have been among their number, save for the fact that he failed his Army physical. At 19, Springsteen, who was already working as a musician, was called up but given a status of 4-F (unfit for duty) owing to a concussion from a motorcycle accident. In 1984, he told Rolling Stone that he had also tried to give “crazy” answers on the induction forms to further ensure he wouldn’t be drafted. 
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  • 11 Chores and Tasks Technology Will Make Obsolete

    5 Mar 2015 | 7:00 pm
    With new gadgets and advances in technology being made every year, basic chores are becoming easier and easier. Pretty soon, you won’t have to worry about any of them. Here are 11 tasks we may not have to deal with in the near future. 1. Cooking Dinner Soon, dinner might be as easy to make as a cup of coffee. Thanks to advances in robotics, a machine can cook entire meals for you—just add the ingredients and plug in the recipe. The heat source will be built in, so you don’t have to worry about any fire hazards. 2. Remembering Your Keys Save the extra pocket space and ditch your keys.
  • Graphic Posters Representing 60 Real and Fictional Space Destinations

    Hannah Keyser
    5 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    If you have an eye for minimalist aesthetic, and an abiding love of all things outer space, check out these posters from Toronto-based graphic design company Fabled Creative, which is composed of Ron Guyatt and his fiancee Indy Lytle. From the sun spots to the asteroid belt to the Messina Chasma on the Uranian moon Titania, the posters—which are available to purchase for $20 each—cover 60 different other-worldly landmarks. Check out some highlights below, and click over to Fabled Creative to scroll through the entire series.
  • 14 Behind-the-Scenes Secrets of Garbage Collectors

    5 Mar 2015 | 4:41 pm
    There are more than 116,000 garbage collectors in the United States. And yet, these intrepid men and women are shrouded in mystery.
  • Walls Splash Pee Back at Public Urinaters

    Alvin Ward
    5 Mar 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Hamburg's lively St. Pauli district is home to wild bars and all-night revelers. With drinking and partying comes urination, and, unfortunately for the neighborhood's residents, nature isn't always called in the privacy of a bathroom stall. To combat the scourge of public pee, high-traffic walls in St. Pauli have been sprayed with hydrophobic paint. The result? All that urine hits the wall and comes flying back towards the general area whence it came: Ostensibly, this was done by a fed-up community group, but it looks to be an advertisement for a hydrophobic paint company who are no strangers…
  • Raul Lemesoff's Driveable Library

    Rebecca OConnell
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Today is World Book Day, so to celebrate, artist Raul Lemesoff worked with soda company 7UP to make a "weapon of mass instruction." Less of a weapon, and more of a moving library, Lemesoff created a new way to spread information and ideas. The artist converted a 1979 Ford Falcon into a tank-like vehicle, complete with an upper chamber and barrel (it doesn't shoot books, unfortunately). The book-tank features enough shelf space for 900 books, from novels to poetry. Lemesoff used the cool new ride to drive around the urban centers and rural communities of Argentina handing out books to…
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  • 11 Chores and Tasks Technology Will Make Obsolete

    5 Mar 2015 | 7:00 pm
    With new gadgets and advances in technology being made every year, basic chores are becoming easier and easier. Pretty soon, you won’t have to worry about any of them. Here are 11 tasks we may not have to deal with in the near future. 1. Cooking Dinner Soon, dinner might be as easy to make as a cup of coffee. Thanks to advances in robotics, a machine can cook entire meals for you—just add the ingredients and plug in the recipe. The heat source will be built in, so you don’t have to worry about any fire hazards. 2. Remembering Your Keys Save the extra pocket space and ditch your keys.
  • Graphic Posters Representing 60 Real and Fictional Space Destinations

    Hannah Keyser
    5 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    If you have an eye for minimalist aesthetic, and an abiding love of all things outer space, check out these posters from Toronto-based graphic design company Fabled Creative, which is composed of Ron Guyatt and his fiancee Indy Lytle. From the sun spots to the asteroid belt to the Messina Chasma on the Uranian moon Titania, the posters—which are available to purchase for $20 each—cover 60 different other-worldly landmarks. Check out some highlights below, and click over to Fabled Creative to scroll through the entire series.
  • 14 Behind-the-Scenes Secrets of Garbage Collectors

    5 Mar 2015 | 4:41 pm
    There are more than 116,000 garbage collectors in the United States. And yet, these intrepid men and women are shrouded in mystery.
  • Walls Splash Pee Back at Public Urinaters

    Alvin Ward
    5 Mar 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Hamburg's lively St. Pauli district is home to wild bars and all-night revelers. With drinking and partying comes urination, and, unfortunately for the neighborhood's residents, nature isn't always called in the privacy of a bathroom stall. To combat the scourge of public pee, high-traffic walls in St. Pauli have been sprayed with hydrophobic paint. The result? All that urine hits the wall and comes flying back towards the general area whence it came: Ostensibly, this was done by a fed-up community group, but it looks to be an advertisement for a hydrophobic paint company who are no strangers…
  • Raul Lemesoff's Driveable Library

    Rebecca OConnell
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Today is World Book Day, so to celebrate, artist Raul Lemesoff worked with soda company 7UP to make a "weapon of mass instruction." Less of a weapon, and more of a moving library, Lemesoff created a new way to spread information and ideas. The artist converted a 1979 Ford Falcon into a tank-like vehicle, complete with an upper chamber and barrel (it doesn't shoot books, unfortunately). The book-tank features enough shelf space for 900 books, from novels to poetry. Lemesoff used the cool new ride to drive around the urban centers and rural communities of Argentina handing out books to…
 
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  • 6 Celebrities Rejected for Military ServiceSpringsteen’s...

    4 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    6 Celebrities Rejected for Military ServiceSpringsteen’s landmark “Born in the USA” was the singer’s reflection on the plight of American veterans returning home from Vietnam. He would have been among their number, save for the fact that he failed his Army physical. At 19, Springsteen, who was already working as a musician, was called up but given a status of 4-F (unfit for duty) owing to a concussion from a motorcycle accident. In 1984, he told Rolling Stone that he had also tried to give “crazy” answers on the induction forms to further ensure he wouldn’t be drafted. 
  • 7 Adorable Animals That Are Surprisingly Violent

    4 Mar 2015 | 2:12 pm
    7 Adorable Animals That Are Surprisingly Violent
  • 11 Best Uses of Bad Grammar from ‘The Simpsons’The...

    4 Mar 2015 | 11:50 am
    11 Best Uses of Bad Grammar from ‘The Simpsons’The town motto of Springfield takes the air out of the hifalutin’ pretentiousness of lofty sloganeering by sticking a simple “big” where it doesn’t belong. When Mrs. Krabappel questions the correctness of “embiggens,” Ms. Hoover responds that it’s a “perfectly cromulent word.” Both “embiggen” and “cromulent” have gone on to successful careers as words in the real world.
  • 16 Offbeat Holidays You Can Celebrate in MarchHappy National...

    3 Mar 2015 | 6:39 am
    16 Offbeat Holidays You Can Celebrate in MarchHappy National Anthem Day! 
  • One of the most famous princess cons ever perpetrated was the...

    2 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    One of the most famous princess cons ever perpetrated was the brainchild of an English servant with a big imagination. In 1817, a striking woman in exotic garbs appeared in a small English village, speaking in an indecipherable tongue. A Portuguese sailor conveniently popped up, claiming he could translate. She claimed to be Princess Caraboo of the island Javasu. Hers was a story of tragedy and danger that had her escaping pirate captors by jumping overboard and swimming through a storm to the safe shores of the English Channel.This tall tale launched her to near instant fame, and earned her…
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