The story goes that sometime in the 1950s the Cooper family of Texas bought an old house and moved into it. On their first night there, the father took a photo of Mom and Grandma posing with the two kids at the dining room table. Everyone was happy and smiling. They were living the American dream. But when the photo was subsequently developed, they saw, to their horror, that what looked like a body falling or hanging from the ceiling had materialized behind them. It hadn’t been there when the father took the photo. So where had it come from? Was it an apparition ofRead More →

Apart from people copying other successful people, successful products are also copied, that’s why we have copyright laws governing such occurrences. Unfortunately, these copyright laws have some strict boundaries. What do we mean? For instance, in China, their patent laws make it simple for designs to be copied easily, and tough for car manufacturers from outside the country to file for any form of infringement. That’s why we have a lot of copycat products coming from China. For this article, we would be listing copycat cars that make us sad for the original models. Later in the article, you’d be seeing outrageous copycat cars thatRead More →

The premise of Zuiikin’ English was simple. Native Japanese speakers could learn conversational English more easily if they associated language with movement, a theory backed up by cognitive research. Verde also believed that different cultures should target unique sets of muscles for maximum learning — the lower back and leg muscles, in the case of the Japanese. (This appears to be Verde’s own idea, though we wonder what muscles Americans would be assigned.) Each themed episode began with a brief introduction by Verde, followed by a subtitled skit introducing English phrases and a “commonly used” English sentence, like “How dare you say such a thingRead More →