Playing Tetris Reduces Cravings For Food, Alcohol and Cigarettes


A new study shows that the Russian tile-matching puzzle video game may be good for something other than wasting hours and days. According to a report from The Atlantic, the game has been shown to “reduce the strength, frequency, and vividness of naturally occurring cravings”.

Doubtful? Consider this.

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‘Too Cool To Do Drugs’ Pencils Accidentally Tell Students How Great Drugs Are


In the nineties, children were given pencils at schools and with the anti-drug slogan “Too Cool To Do Drugs.” Soon after the campaign began, a 4th-grade student noticed that when he sharpened the pencil, overtime it read “COOL TO DO DRUGS.” Then, “DO DRUGS.” And finally, “DRUGS.” Apparently, all of these problematic pencils were recalled in 1998.

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The Mini Museum: A Collection of Oddities


For over three decades designer Hans Fex has been collecting the Earth’s most unusual historical samples such as: coal from the Titanic, a fossil of a palm tree from Antarctica, dinosaur bones, wrap from a mummy and even a piece of the Apollo 11 command module. Working with specialists recommended by museum curators, research scientists and university historians, he has now gathered 33 artifacts that he’s broken down into tiny pieces and inserted into translucent case. He calls it the Mini Museum.

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In 1941 a Group of Americans Arranged a Hex Party to Kill Adolf Hitler by a Voodoo Spell

Revelers make their way to a "hex party" in the Maryland woods, 1941.
Revelers make their way to a “hex party” in the Maryland woods, 1941.

On January 22, 1941 a group of young idealists went to a cabin in the Maryland woods to put a voodoo spell on Hitler. Black magic or not, these Nazi-haters knew how to party. According to LIFE magazine, the party featured “a dressmaker’s dummy, a Nazi uniform, nails, axes, tom-toms and plenty of Jamaica rum,” and was inspired by a book by occultist and writer William Seabrook that was popular at the time: Witchcraft: Its Power in the World Today.

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Physical Contact over the Internet

Scientists at the MIT developed a Dynamic Shape Display. Named inFORM, the technology can allow interaction with the physical world, for example moving objects on the table’s surface. Remote participants in a video conference can be displayed physically, allowing for a strong sense of presence and the ability to interact physically at a distance.

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Smooth Moves of a 66-Year-Old Chinese Figure Skater

Jack Wilkes—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images
Jack Wilkes—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

In the forties during the winter, this bearded 66-year-old Chinese man named Wu Tang-shen used to skate on the ice pond near the Forbidden City in Beijing. In February of 1946 LIFE photographer Jack Wilkes discovered and photographed Mr. Wu while he was executed his pirouettes with the ease of an accomplished figure skater of the old school.

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In 1951, Children Could Buy DIY Nuclear Reactor Kit


You don’t see toys like this around anymore. Who wants the kid next door to create his own Manhattan project in the backyard? The Atomic Energy Lab set was available from 1951 to 1952 and sold for a whopping $50.

“The set came with four types of uranium ore, a beta-alpha source (Pb-210), a pure beta source (Ru-106), a gamma source (Zn-65?), a spinthariscope, a cloud chamber with its own short-lived alpha source (Po-210), an electroscope, a geiger counter, a manual, a comic book (Dagwood Splits the Atom) and a government manual “Prospecting for Uranium.””

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In Lapland, Finland Reindeer Antlers Glow


In Lapland, Finland reindeer antlers are sprayed with the light reflector to reduce traffic accidents. Reindeer are not hunted in Finland, but while they roam freely for most of the year, they are owned like cattle. The antlers glow only in car headlights so it’s not like wolves are scanning the forest with searchlights for flashy reindeer. In addition to danger they pose on the roads as they do not fear vehicles, the herders have an economic incentive to keep the stock alive.

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One in Four Americans is Unaware that Earth Orbits the Sun


The National Science Foundation (NSF) published an unexpected poll result: around 25 percent of Americans don’t know that the Earth orbits the sun. Perhaps this is just an anomaly; a statistical error? However, another outcome of the same poll appeared recently concluded that the majority of young Americans think astrology is a science.

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