A lot of parents say they want their baby names to be unique. They think it’s fun and differentiates their child from everyone else, and gives them a Children with unusual  names tend to get a lot of abuse at school but then embrace it when they’re older Bjork Eidsdottir had no idea when, in naming her newborn girl Blaer , she was breaking the law. In the eyes of the authorities Blaer, which means “light breeze”, was a male name and therefore not approved. It meant that for her entire childhood, Blaer was known simply as “Girl” on official documents. Reykjavik District Court ruled Read More →

Everyone knows who Pokémon is; it’s so popular that even old grannies can identify Pikachu now. Microsoft Word even recognizes Pikachu as a name. Pokémon in the Pokémon world are no different from animals in our world. We do a lot of things to animals, but most of us don’t stuff them into tiny balls and then force them to fight with each other until one is unconscious. Real Pokémon Facts 1. In Pokémon Puzzle League, you can unlock Mewtwo by holding Z and entering the code B, Up, L, B, A, Start, A, Up, R. The code spells out ‘Bulbasaur.’ 2. Hitmonchan and HitmonleeRead More →

Google search can do a lot more than you probably think it can. I’ve rounded up some things you can type into Google Search that you might not have realized. Funny “Did you mean:” suggestions: “recursion” “anagram” Funny autocomplete search suggestions: “stop finishing my se”… Try googling “Do a Barrel Roll“ The results page will rotate 360 degrees.   On Valentine’s Day (and since I can’t add another answer), I found this one: Google this: 5 + (-sqrt(1-x^2-(y-abs(x))^2))*cos(30*((1-x^2-(y-abs(x))^2))), x is from -1 to 1, y is from -1 to 1.5, z is from 1 to 6 And you’ll get something pretty amazing. Searching for walkingRead More →