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Nov 29, 2012

The Scandalous and Surprisingly Bloody History of Nutmeg

created at: 11/29/2012

Fall has its cinnamon and cloves, Thanksgiving its sage, but in my mind (nose?), the smell of the winter holidays is nutmeg. Baked into sweets, sprinkled over winter vegetables, and, most importanly, grated over real egg nog, it's the thing that invokes my sense memories the most.

And, apparently, its presence in North America holiday traditions? That's "one of the saddest stories of history," whereby sad means super violent and, really, kinda nuts. 

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Nov 28, 2012

Blow My Mindsday: November 28, 2012

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Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.

"Errors in Production" is a new website by Heike Bollig that features a fascinating collection of consumer products with manufacturing malfunctions.    

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Nov 13, 2012

Infographic: How Beer Saved the World

created at: 11/13/2012

Indy Beers takes an interesting look on the unique and curious role that beer has played in the history of Western culture and politics

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Nov 08, 2012

Men's Hearts are Growing Smarter

Though many men struggle to admit it: relationships are important. Like, super important. And not just finding a long-term partner, but a sense of intimacy across all of one's life and activities.

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Sep 27, 2012

Did Blowing Into Nintendo Cartridges Really Help?

created at: 09/27/2012

Whether by urban legend or repeatable data, anyone that grew up with a Nintendo Entertainment System was aware of the, "when the game won't load, you show blow into the catridge, and even the system," particularly on pesky games like the metallic cased "The Legend of Zelda." I'm even willing to bet that that characteristic soundbite of forced air rushing around a 4x1" plastic hollow would be instantly recognized by anyone born from 1975-90.

But...did it actually work?  

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Aug 22, 2012

What If Every Single Person on Earth Jumped at the Same Time?

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Michael Stevens of VSauce explores the idea of what might happen if every person on earth - all seven billion plus of us - jumped into the air at the same time.  

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Aug 13, 2012

Fun Fact of the Day: The Janka Hardness Scale for Wood

The Janka hardness scale indicates the relative hardness of a given species of wood. It ranges from 22 pounds-force to over 5000 lbf, determined by

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Jul 17, 2012

Why Is It So Hard to Make Friends After 30?

I don't think I ever officially announced this on ManMade, but one month ago today, I turned 30. I won't bore you with reflections (but if you wanna know how I feel about it, feel free to email me), but it certainly makes articles such as this great piece by Alex Williams much more engaging.

In "Friends of a Certain Age," Williams seeks to explore why it be tough to make new friends - real friends, confidants - after you leave college and other proximity-based experiences of early adulthood (roommates, casual dating, etc).  

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Jul 13, 2012

A Visual Guide to Understanding Common Suit Features

created at: 07/13/2012

For some guys, even wearing a suit can be tricky. For others, it's knowing how to best plop down that initial $300-500 just to get started. But for every man? You have to know what you're looking at before you even begin to make the right choice.  

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Jul 13, 2012

A Naturally Occurring Bright Pink Lake

Lake Retba, in the Cap Vert peninsula of Senegal, is also known by another name - Lac Rose. Why? Well, for one reason, the entire lake is colored bubblegum pink.  

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Jul 11, 2012

7 Big Men’s Style Mistakes We’ve All Made

created at: 07/11/2012

Even if you've spent your cash on stylish pieces, well cut and tailored options, and just all around quaility clothing, you still have to put it together right...and therein lies the trick. You can own closets full of simple, classic style, but there's still plenty of room for errors.  

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Jul 10, 2012

The Alphabet of Typography

Pop Chart Lab, the Brooklyn-based design studio that seems to have the ability to look into my subconcious and design posters about everything I'm remotely interested in, now offers "The Alphabet of Typography," a Futura-based exploration of what makes great letters.  

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Jul 10, 2012

Photos of the Fantastic Machine That Found the Higgs Boson Particle

As you've certainly heard, last week, scientists annouced the discovery of a subatomic particle that is "consistent with" the Higgs boson, which may show how massless subatomic particles can acquire mass.

Equally fascinating is this incredible machine, the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland, a four billion dollar "machine" which consists of 17 mile tunnel, whose "synchrotron is designed to collide opposing particle beams of either protons at up to 7 teraelectronvolts (7 TeV or 1.12 microjoules) pernucleon, or lead nuclei at an energy of 574 TeV (92.0 µJ) per nucleus (2.76 TeV per nucleon-pair)." Duh.  

 

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Jul 09, 2012

Brazilian Soccer Team Changes Jerseys Until Fans Donate Blood

created at: 07/08/2012

Vitória, the second-division soccer team from Brazil, changed their uniforms around for their upcoming season. The team, nicknamed the "Red and Blacks" because of their red and black striped jerseys, is promoting blood donation. So, to the surprise of fans, they changed the red stripes in Vitória's jersey's to white but they'll be filled in again with red, stripe by stripe, as blood donations increase.  

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Jun 28, 2012

Awesome Aerial Data Maps Reveal Life in the United States

The new PBS series America Revealed explores the day-to-day lives and habits of 300 million U.S. citizens. "Viewers will discover a fascinating new perspective on the hidden patterns and rhythms of American life, by looking through the eyes of individuals who all play a part in keeping America fed, moving, powered and making goods."

Including this amazing takes on data visualization, highlighting trends, distributions, and travel paths of all sorts of fascinating topics:

   

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May 31, 2012

It's Time to Be Less Productive. No, Really.

"Productivity — the amount of output delivered per hour of work in the economy — is often viewed as the engine of progress in modern capitalist economies." But, what if, our drive to be more productive, to generate more output with fewer people, actually has met its ilmitations. What if it's time to actually shoot to be less productive? What if we can actually improve the quality of our lives, the professions of others, the economy, and our relationships, by seeking to be less efficient?  

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May 23, 2012

The Most Common Comma Mistakes, and How to Avoid Them

I'm the sort of guy who likes to learn to do things well.  If I make a cut on the table saw, I want it to be the best cut. If I set out to create a tasty meal, I want to do my best knife work, get the crustiest sear and the perfect seasoning. You call it obsessive perfectionism, I call it trying my best. Same same.

And I write and edit for a living, so I wanna use the English language as best as possible. (Yes, I started that particularly vulnerable sentence with and and used the colloquialism wanna.) So, I tend to love the various grammar geek posts and misused words infographics about the blogosphere, especially when there's new stuff to learn.

And this, my friends, is an especially good one. If you know all these tricks to proper comma usage, particularly that trickster identifier-name syntax, you deserve

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May 16, 2012

25 Handy Words That Simply Don’t Exist In English

created at: 05/16/2012

By some estimates, there are around 170,000 words in current use in the English language. The latest, twenty-volume edition of the Oxford English Dictionary records 171,476 words in current use, with 47,156 outdated words, and countless techinal terms, neologisms, and common words borrowed from other languages.

And yet, there are still those ideas that you wanna express, and simply can't find the right term...cause it doesn't exist. In English, at least.

But other languages have all kinds of interesting concepts and vocab words for things you just need to descibe. These terms don't have an English equivalent, but after reading this list, you'll sure wish they did.    

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May 15, 2012

Why Did Men in the U.S. Stop Wearing Hats in Public?

created at: 05/15/2012

A hundred years ago, men didn't leave the house without a hat. Example: the image above, a rally in Union Square in NYC, full of people, full of hats.

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One hundred years later: Union Square in NYC, full of people, very few hats.

What happened?  

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May 07, 2012

Timewaster of the Day: Translation Party

created at: 05/07/2012

As if you needed something else to play with on the internet, Translation Party is a fascinating look at how there continues to be plenty of tasks that machines can't do as well as the human brain. You simply type in a phrase, and

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