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Believe It Or Not


The Science of Ripley’s Believe It Or Not opens at the Saint Louis Science Center October 1, and it attempts to answer the question can science make the unbelievable, believable?  How did the Alton Giant, Robert Wadlow, grow to be 8 feet 11 inches tall?  You’ll find out! You’ll see a calf with two faces, a megladon shark jaw, a ... Read More »

Eternity on the moon for 12K


San Francisco-based Elysium Space announced it will launch “symbolic portions” of ashes to the moon for $11,950.  The company said, “Families now have the historic opportunity to commemorate their departed loved ones every night through the everlasting splendor and soft illumination of the Earth’s closest companion: the Moon.” Elysium doesn’t have its own rockets, so it has teamed up with ... Read More »

Socks and sandals?


Apparently wearing socks with sandals is in… but only if they don’t make you look like a grandpa.  The Huffington Post Fashion says socks and sandals are a smart idea for tricky transition weather, and are also a painless way to break in new sandals.  Website Bustle says the sandal has to be cool and functional with socks, and the ... Read More »

The internet might be listening


The internet could be listening to your private conversations.  There are more and more devices like Amazon’s Echo which is a digital assistant set up in a home or office to listen for various requests, such as for a song, a sports score or the weather.  In theory, these devices could be used to listen to your private conversations. Amazon ... Read More »

Office temperature tiff


Men and women who work in the same office often don’t agree on the ideal temperature of their surroundings.  Men tend to like a cold office while women prefer a little heat.  Cue the research study. Researchers had their hands on the controls at an insurance office for a month.  When they warmed the place from 68 to 77 degrees, ... Read More »

12 American names popular for the first time


There are 12 names that are popular for the first time in the U.S. and they include Annabelle, Piper, Easton and Hudson. Researchers reviewed the thousand most popular names for each gender in each year between 1900 and 2014 from the Social Security Administration. These names have never cracked the top 100 names for that gender before 2012.  The names ... Read More »

Def Leppard & The Donald


Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell hopes the reports of Donald Trump introducing the band next month at the Iowa State Fair are untrue.  Campbell posted on his Facebook page, “I really, really, really hope that there’s no truth to this rumour.  Def Leppard have never been a political band, and if it were, I for one wouldn’t be associated with ... Read More »

Friends bombshell


Jennifer Aniston is denying that she had an affair with Matt LeBlanc while they were shooting “Friends.”  LeBlanc’s dad said that his son told him he had a relationship with Aniston when she was married to Brad Pitt, and that the two would make out in a dressing room.  The actress’ rep denied the claim saying Jen never had a ... Read More »

Dan Aykroyd will appear in “Ghostbusters” reboot


Dan Aykroyd, one of the original four Ghostbuster, will be in the all-female reboot.  He tweeted, “On GB set shooting my scene with funny beautiful Kristen Wiig Lady GB’s are adorable, hilarious and bad—” The tweet has been removed but Dan’s reps confirmed the news. Read More »

Liquid Courage?


Psychologists studied 364 people to see how, and how much attitudes changed after a few drinks.  They identified four drunk personalities: The Hemingway, the Nutty Professor, the Mary Poppins and the Mr. Hyde. The Hemingways are the lucky ones who change only slightly even after large quantities of alcohol.  About 4 in 10 people of both sexes fitted in this ... Read More »