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December 23, 2012

To answer your question, here’s what a 3D-printed vinyl record sounds like. (More details as to how it was made over this way.)

11:42 // 1 year ago
September 13, 2012

Death Valley regains its crown as hottest place ever

  • 134° F the temperature the infamously hot spot in California’s Mojave Desert reached in 1913. 
  • 136.4° F the temperature a less-heralded hot spot, El Azizia, Libya, reached on September 13, 1922, breaking Death Valley’s record … or so it seemed.
  • recount! exactly 90 years ago, meteorologists say, the guy who caught the record temperature did a few things which put his temperature into doubt. First, he was inexperienced; second, he was using a poor temperature-reading tool that could be easily misread; and third, the area in which the temperature was unusual for the region. The result? Death Valley regains its crown! source
19:53 // 1 year ago
July 28, 2012
15:53 // 1 year ago
July 6, 2012
Investigative Journalism: A billion hours on Netflix, in Law & Order terms
Remember how everyone freaked out that Netflix was down over the weekend due to a power outage? There’s a good reason for that: Everyone was more hooked than usual last month. June was the video streaming service’s biggest month ever — they topped a billion viewing hours, according to CEO Reed Hastings, which in layman’s terms is a freaking lot. By those stats, every user watched Netflix streaming 80 minutes a day last month, according to one estimate. Viewing is poised to increase as Netflix’s original programming, including a new season of Arrested Development, expands. To put this in realistic terms, we tried to explain what a billion hours means in a way that everyone would understand: In Law & Order terms. Dun dun.
7,042,254 number of times you could watch the first eight seasons of “Law & Order” on Netflix, if given a billion hours; Lennie Briscoe would approve, even though it’s not even half the series
5,128,205 number of times you could watch Christopher “Detective Dreamy” Meloni do his thing on “Law & Order SVU”; unlike the original, Netflix has all twelve seasons source
» Bonus: Criminal Intent! Because a reader asked below about “Law and Order: Criminal Intent,” we did the math on that, too. You could watch Vincent D’Onofrio’s meal ticket 7,029,382 times, if given a billion hours.
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Remember how everyone freaked out that Netflix was down over the weekend due to a power outage? There’s a good reason for that: Everyone was more hooked than usual last month. June was the video streaming service’s biggest month ever — they topped a billion viewing hours, according to CEO Reed Hastings, which in layman’s terms is a freaking lot. By those stats, every user watched Netflix streaming 80 minutes a day last month, according to one estimate. Viewing is poised to increase as Netflix’s original programming, including a new season of Arrested Development, expands. To put this in realistic terms, we tried to explain what a billion hours means in a way that everyone would understand: In Law & Order terms. Dun dun.

  • 7,042,254 number of times you could watch the first eight seasons of “Law & Order” on Netflix, if given a billion hours; Lennie Briscoe would approve, even though it’s not even half the series
  • 5,128,205 number of times you could watch Christopher “Detective Dreamy” Meloni do his thing on “Law & Order SVU”; unlike the original, Netflix has all twelve seasons source

» Bonus: Criminal Intent! Because a reader asked below about “Law and Order: Criminal Intent,” we did the math on that, too. You could watch Vincent D’Onofrio’s meal ticket 7,029,382 times, if given a billion hours.

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13:29 // 1 year ago
April 30, 2012
And the award for “Most obscure computer file format” goes to …
Back in the 1970s, floppy disk drives were extremely expensive, typing BASIC programs took time, and it wasn’t like you could drive over to Best Buy to get a compiler. Which made it difficult to distribute software programs. But one format which proved relatively easy to distribute in a magazine was the “Floppy ROM" — literally, a vinyl record flexidisc which computer nerds would put on a record player, record onto a cassette player and play into their computer. The May 1977 issue of "Interface Age" magazine, shown above, actually had one of these rare relics, which you can actually buy on eBay. Next time you use Dropbox to save your homework, think of how far we’ve come.

And the award for “Most obscure computer file format” goes to …

Back in the 1970s, floppy disk drives were extremely expensive, typing BASIC programs took time, and it wasn’t like you could drive over to Best Buy to get a compiler. Which made it difficult to distribute software programs. But one format which proved relatively easy to distribute in a magazine was the “Floppy ROM" — literally, a vinyl record flexidisc which computer nerds would put on a record player, record onto a cassette player and play into their computer. The May 1977 issue of "Interface Age" magazine, shown above, actually had one of these rare relics, which you can actually buy on eBay. Next time you use Dropbox to save your homework, think of how far we’ve come.

23:20 // 1 year ago
September 6, 2011
This dog has longer ears than you do. In fact, Harbor the Colorado coonhound is a record-setting hound. Do you hear that? That’s the sweet sound of Guinness Book of World Records badassery.

This dog has longer ears than you do. In fact, Harbor the Colorado coonhound is a record-setting hound. Do you hear that? That’s the sweet sound of Guinness Book of World Records badassery.

18:30 // 2 years ago
July 16, 2011

Final “Harry Potter” flick makes more in day than we’ll see in our lifetimes

  • $92.1 million the size of the opening day take for “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” on Friday
  • $43.5 million the amount of that take that came from midnight showings ALONE; both numbers are records source

» To put this in perspective: The previous opening-day record was set by 2009’s “The Twilight Saga: New Moon,” which scored a comparatively modest $72 million first-day opening. Oh yeah, of the 137 movies Box Office Mojo ranks on this list, only seven were released in the ’90s — meaning nearly all of the other movies on the list were released in the past decade. The oldest movie in the top ten of the list is from 2006. By the way, the final film in the “Harry Potter” saga is within $70 million of topping the $158.4 million single-weekend record, set by “The Dark Knight” in 2008 — which means there’s a good chance that it will.

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13:02 // 2 years ago
February 14, 2011

Kissing Thai couples set record for kissing each other (kiss)

  • 33 straight hours swapping spit with each other (and counting) source
9:21 // 3 years ago
December 1, 2010

Clap your hands, unemployed people! We’re about to break a record!

  • 18 number of months that the U.S. has had unemployment above 9 percent, as of October’s numbers (November’s come out Friday)
  • 18 the record for consecutive months in the post-World War II era, set in the ’80s; you guessed it, we’re about to break this tally source
21:32 // 3 years ago