A genuine Flat Earth Society ran from 1956 to 2001, peaking at 3,500 members, keeping up a stream of newsletters during that time. Their dedication appears to have been based on an interpretation of certain Bible verses, and an extreme version of the belief that everything in the Bible was literally true, including the bits about the sun being told to stand still. Flat Earth Map of the Real World On 24 December 1968, the crew of the Apollo 8 mission took a photo now known as Earthrise. To many, this beautiful blue sphere viewed from the moon’s orbit is a perfect visual summary ofRead More →

Sarah Colwill suffers from Foreign Accent Syndrome. She goes to the hospital with a terrible headache. She comes out speaking with a Chinese accent. According to BBC News: 38-year-old Sarah Colwill from the United Kingdom, who suffered a major migraine and woke up sounding like she was doing a terrible, racist Chinese accent a little over three years ago. BBC One ran a special on Colwill called The Woman Who Woke Up Chinese. Highlights of the TLC-worthy one-woman reality show who says she feels like she’s stuck inside of some kinda weird social experiment. Colwill grew up in the English city of Plymouth, and hasRead More →

Apple holds plenty of other design patents relating to the iPad and iPhone already—covering everything from the home button, the back surface contour, the bezel shape, the side profile,  and now for rounded corners. Apple is best known for its only slightly non-redundant product releases. It is also known for kindergarten-friendly interfaces, so much so that the company maintains intellectual property rights on the basic shapes we learned during our time there. Their right to ownership is defined as “The design of a portable and handheld digital electronic media device comprised of a rectangular casing displaying circular and rectangular shapes therein arranged in an aestheticallyRead More →