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Rich Flannagan
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The pilot probably gave some good advice here.
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Can't help but laugh every time I see this.
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It certainly looks real. Dead funny either way.
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Higgs boson to be unveiled (possibly)

Cern physicists are on tenterhooks as experiment sets out to confirm the existence of the Higgs boson.
This Tuesday is an important day at Cern, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research. The scientists at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) will present the latest results on the search for the Higgs boson, the fabled particle with the big job of explaining how nature's elementary particles acquire mass.
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Nikola Tesla was brilliant...

He's one of a few people who can rightfully be called a genius. The Croatian-born engineer spoke eight languages, almost single-handedly developed technology that harnessed the power of electricity for household use, and invented things like electrical generators, FM radio, remote control, robots, spark plugs, fluorescent lights, and giant-ass machines that shoot enormous, brain-frying lightning bolts all over the place. He had an unyielding, steel-trap photographic memory and an insane ability to visualize even the most complex pieces of machinery – the guy did advanced calculus and physics equations in his head, memorized entire books at a time, and successfully pulled off scientific experiments that modern-day technology still can't replicate. For instance, in 2007 a group of lesser geniuses at MIT got all pumped up out of their minds because they wirelessly transmitted energy a distance of seven feet through the air. Nikola Tesla once lit 200 lightbulbs from a power source 26 miles away, and he did it in 1899 with a machine he built from spare parts. To this day, nobody can really figure out how he pulled that off, because two-thirds of the schematics only existed in the darkest recesses of Tesla's all-powerful brain.

Despite the fact that he originally came to the United States specifically to work with Edison, the two never quite saw eye to eye and became life-long enemies. Edison was convinced that A.C. electricity was a fantasy that would never be practical. He also claimed it was more dangerous when compared with D.C. electricity, in spite of the opposite being true. It was Tesla's A.C. generator that was eventually constructed at Niagara Falls, and A.C. is pretty much a fact of life now.

Of course, much like many other eccentric geniuses and diabolical masterminds, Tesla was also completely insane. He was prone to nervous breakdowns, claimed to receive weird visions in the middle of the night, spoke to pigeons, and occasionally thought he was receiving electromagnetic signals from extraterrestrials. He was also obsessive-compulsive and hated round objects, human hair, jewelry, and anything that wasn't divisible by three. He was also asexual and celibate for his entire life. Basically, Nikola Tesla was the ultimate mad scientist, which is seriously awesome. Think Zappa with insane amounts of electricity!

Another sweet thing about Tesla is that he conducted the sort of crazy experiments that generally result in hordes of angry villagers breaking down the door to your lab with torches and pitchforks. One time, while he was working on magnetic resonance, he discovered the resonant frequency of the Earth and caused an earthquake so powerful that it almost obliterated the 5th Avenue New York building that housed his Frankenstein Castle of a laboratory. Stuff was flying off the walls, the drywall was breaking apart, the cops were coming after him, and Tesla had to smash his device with a sledge hammer to keep it from demolishing an entire city block. Later, he boasted that he could have built a device powerful enough to split the Earth in two. Nobody dared him to prove it. Later on, he almost melted his assistant's hand with X-rays.

Tesla also ordered the construction of the Wardenclyffe Tesla Tower, which was intended to house the largest Tesla coil ever built. The massive structure, ostensibly designed to transmit power without wires, has been cited as a potential cause of the mysterious 1908 Tunguska Event.

It was around this time that he started waxing about the potential for universal, clean energy that could be harnessed by anyone with an antenna. J.P. Morgan (the crooked man, not the crooked company, and Tesla's backer) ordered Wardenclyffe Tower be destroyed and he ceased financing Tesla's work. Nobody can say for sure whether Tesla could have pulled off the feat of using the ionosphere to power everything from houses and factories to cars and airplanes, and we may never know.

Tesla was never quite the same after that. Despite holding over 700 patents at one time, he died with next to nothing to show for all of his toil.
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Nothing like Paranormal Activity at all...
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The Visual Inspiration For The Joker

Fascinating. I was completely unaware that this was the visual inspiration for the Joker. Looking at the screenshot, you can easily see the similarities for all but the recent Dark Knight versions of him.
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Film fan, Blogger and Chemist. I love all things Michael Powell, horror, giallo, zombie, anything really. Favourite thing? Watching blu-rays through my 5.1 surround sound.
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Once called Linda Robson (from Birds of a Feather) a 'fat cow'
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    Chemistry and Golden Axe.
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