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Bing allows you to 'mugh' (aka translate) into Klingon

May 14, 2013
Just in case you want to write an email to your Klingon relative about the new Star Trek movie, Bing's there for you.
Posted In: klingon, star trek, movies

Five baby bloopers and cute pet videos used to sell

May 14, 2013
From singing pets in Subaru ads to a Ragú campaign featuring 'Charlie Bit Me!,' here's a look at how advertisers are using home videos to sell just about anything.
Posted In: YouTube, home videos, advertising

By the numbers for May 14, 2013: $130 an hour to cut the line at Disney

16 percent

The number of people who get their news from radio, according to a new study. That's twice the number who get their news from digital sources, so take that, Internet! (Poynter)

$1.1 billion

The value of Sony shares owned by billionaire Daniel Loeb's hedge fund. Loeb, known for pushing out Yahoo's last CEO, is attempting to pressure the Japanese electronics giant to spin off its entertainment division. (NYT)

30 percent

The percentage of total methane emissions in the Earth's atmosphere that is naturally occurring, through sources like eternal flames. Geologists are still unsure of the source of an eternal flame in Chestnut Ridge Park, outside Buffalo, New York. (ScienceDirect)


The size of those currently endorsed for prostitution on LinkedIn. The company wants escorts to stop using the networking site, and added a mention of it in their newly released terms (BusinessInsider)


The hourly rate for black market Disney tour guides. This sounds expensive at first, until you learn they're handicapped individuals who also offer you a free pass to the front of the line. (

May 14, 2013

Sallie Mae just wanted to celebrate its birthday. Instead, it infuriated Twitter

May 13, 2013
Why is Sallie Mae trending on Twitter? The story of a birthday mishap.
Posted In: student debt, student loans, sallie mae

The numbers for May 13, 2013: 140 characters of dirty diapers


The number of characters in a tweet. We use Twitter for all sorts of things, and now Huggies Brazil is using it to inform parents when their babies have dirty diapers -- all in 140 characters or less. (Today)


The amount (in kilograms) of explosive used to attempt to demolish a building in Brisbane, Australia. The problem was that wasn't enough to take the building down. A backhoe had to be called in to finish the job. (ITV)


The amount in Amazon coins that the company is giving away to Kindle Fire owners. Let's hope this doesn't turn into another Bitcoin. Or maybe that's a good thing? (Cnet)


The median income of public college leaders. That makes everyone feel better about their student loans. (The Chronicle of Higher Education)

May 13, 2013

The numbers for May 10, 2013: The $35 lion meat taco


The cost of a lion meat -- yes, lion meat -- taco at Tampa's Taco Fusion restaurant. It's apparently legal. (Tampa Tribune)


The number of Marvel comics Android users can now read on their mobile devices with the new Marvel Unlimited app. (Venutre Beat)


The age of an artist in Japan who used the dreary spreadsheet program Excel to create beautiful images of landscapes. (Kotaku)

May 10, 2013

The numbers for May 9, 2013: 25,000 stinky scratch and sniffs


The number of natural gas-odored scratch and sniff cards distrubted by Montana utility Energy West. When workers in Great Falls put some boxes of expired scratch and sniffs into a garbage truck, the resulting crush raised an unholy stench, raising fears of a gas leak and leading to the evacuation of buildings. (The Great Falls Tribune)


Roughly the number of times 3D printing instructions for production of a plastic handgun have been downloaded. The gun is legal in the U.S. (Forbes)


The age of musician David Bowie, whose video for his new song "The Next Day" is apparently shocking enough that it was temporarily pulled from YouTube for "content violations." (The New York Times)

May 9, 2013

How do you shut off the Internet for an entire country? Three factors that matter

May 8, 2013
Three factors contribute to the ease of turning the web off.
Posted In: internet access, Syria Internet

What do you think of Jack Lew's new signature? (Poll)

May 8, 2013
One day, the signature of Treasury Secretary Jack Lew will appear on every U.S. dollar. But first, he needs a signature that fits the bill.
Posted In: jack lew, signature

The numbers for May 8, 2013: That $5,000 mustache transplant

$9.7 billion:

The total profit reported by Toyota for its most recent fiscal year. This is in part the story of a weaker Japanese yen, which adds value to Toyota's overseas profits. (New York Times)


The amount of time it will take you to watch Daniel Sierra's video based on oscillating sine waves that create sound. Sierra made the video for his Master's thesis project at New York's School of Visual Arts. (Gizmodo)


The typical cost of a mustache transplant in Turkey. The county is the hot place to have the procedure because surgeons have a wealth of experience. (The Wall Street Journal)


The number of low income people who won’t have healthcare in Missouri due to Medicaid extensions being shot down. (Politico)


The fee Frontier Airlines could charge you for a carry-on bag. Spirit Airlines has announced it will dump its toll free number. And across the Atlantic, European airliner Ryanair has experimented with its own cost-saving measures, by

May 8, 2013