Remember That Time Microsoft’s Chatbot Turned into a Nazi?

Microsoft launched a chatbot experiment named “Tay” on Twitter back in March of 2016. Tay was built to learn as she communicated with more and more people, and she started out with a pretty decent background in social media parlance like memes and emoji. At first, things seemed to be going just fine: But it...

Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom Shares His Favorite Hack for Crushing Procrastination

I’ve often told people that getting started is the hardest part of writing (while I’m supposed to be writing). And not just when you’re staring at a blank page (though that is rough), but every day when you sit down to begin to write. There are so many other things pulling at our attention – kids,...

The Mystery of the “Sea Peoples,” the Unknown Invaders of Ancient Egypt

Right off the bat, I just want to apologize for the fact that we won’t be talking about what might be the best episode of South Park ever: I’m as disappointed as anyone not to be covering this seminal moment in television history, but this ancient mystery is just as cool: Sources: 1, 2, 3...

Not All Plungers Are Made for Toilets – Better Check Your Bathroom…

Are you using the same plunger in your sink as you do in your toilet? Then you’re totally doing it wrong: Source Most people think of the cup or sink plunger when they think of a plunger at all. It’s great for flat surfaces – like most kitchen sinks – where it can easily form...

The Arsenic Gang: Philadelphia’s Depression-Era Marriage Agency (aka Poison Ring)

Like countless other Italian immigrants, cousins Herman and Paul Petrillo left their native country for America in search of opportunity and a better life. The Petrillos achieved their goals, but not through hard work or determination – they were criminals. The cousins operated within Philadelphia’s seedy underbelly in a number of ways, but it was with their murder-for-hire...

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What Do We Do if We Find Life? NASA Experts Answer Questions About Exoplanets

On February 22, 2017, NASA announced the first known system of seven Earth-like planets all orbiting the same star, and three of those planets orbit in the temperature sweet spot (AKA “The Goldilocks Zone”) that, most likely, allows them to support water, air, and life. That’s a pretty big deal. So a bunch of experts from NASA jumped onto...

Inside England’s Poison Garden, Where Everything Can Kill You…

Back in 1995, Jane Percy found herself with the title of Duchess of Northumberland, passed to her after brother-in-law died. And along with that title came a castle. Most castles have gardens, but Alnwick Castle’s garden space was basically a Christmas tree farm. Percy wanted to “try and do something really different.” So she filled an entire wing...

Recent Grad? Here Are 10 Books Successful Business Leaders Think You Should Read

If you’ve graduated from high school or college, chances are you’ve read a ton of books. Whether you were reading novels, nonfiction, or textbooks, you need books to make it through school. But once you’re done you can stop, right? Sorry! If you thought when you entered the real world you were finished reading, these successful businessmen...

Remember That Time in 1973 When Batgirl Demanded Equal Pay?

Back in 1973, Batman & Robin were a bit tied up in a potentially explosive situation: Luckily, Batgirl was on the case: But she wasn’t happy. In fact, she doesn’t move to rescue the two. Instead, she uses her moment with their undivided attention to let them know that she deserves to be paid the same...

A 7-Year-Old Wrote to Google to Apply for a Job… And Got a Reply from the CEO

I can’t remember when I wrote my first letter. I certainly can’t remember my second. But maybe that’s because I didn’t get a reply. Chloe Bridgewater sure did: Sources: 1, 2 Here’s the text of Chloe’s letter – the 2nd one she’d ever written, mind you: Dear google boss My name is chloe and when...