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English to Klingon, Perhaps

Microsoft may boldly go where no one has gone before. At a demonstration in China on Oct. 25, Microsoft’s chief research officer Rick Rashid revealed a new technology seemingly straight out of Star Trek. In the classic sci-fi television show, a gadget known as the “universal translator” (seen here) was used to decipher languages in the 22nd century. And…

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Alternative Thanks

Who says you have to eat this bird, the turkey, on Thanksgiving? It IS a free country, so it should mean Americans are free to choose whatever the heck they want to eat on this most excellent four day weekend holiday (for some). Skip the turkey altogether and opt for a non turkey Thanksgiving. Food…

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Sauronasaurus Rex

Paleontologists have announced the discovery of a meat-eating dinosaur—as big as a Tyrannosaurus rex—that roamed North Africa 95 million years ago.  In a paper published October 27 in Cretaceous Research, its discoverers have dubbed it Sauroniops pachytholus as an homage to the “Lord of the Rings” villain Sauron, National Geographic reports. Why that particular villain? It all has to do…

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You Didn’t Have to Cuuut It Off

It’s been almost a month since two people were abducted from their California home, and one of them was burned, doused with bleach and had his penis partially severed. Investigators are still looking for clues. An unidentified 29-year-old man and 53-year-old woman were kidnapped from separate rooms in their Southern California home on Oct. 1,…

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Gettin’ Bizzay at 96

He saved it all up, all of it, for his wife of 10 years. Ramjeet Raghav, of Kharkhoda, told The Times of India that he was a bachelor who practiced celibacy for his entire life before meeting his wife, Davi, 52. The man’s age is recorded in the government’s social welfare department. Raghav, a field hand…

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I Was Mummified

When you die, donate your body to science. To be mummified! After being diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, Alan Billis, a father of three from England, responded to an advertisement seeking a volunteer to be mummified. “People have been leaving their bodies to science for years,” he said of his decision, “and if people don’t volunteer for…

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Stabbin’ at Chuckie’s

This was no ordinary peeved waiter. Last week,  an employee at a Chicago Chuck E. Cheese stands accused of  allegedly stabbing a difficult diner’s companion with a box cutter. The Sept. 30 incident at the Southwest Side restaurant arcade reportedly began with a confrontation over a salad plate. According to CBS, police said 19-year-old employee…

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Haunted Chicago Restaurants

Fear not, these apparitions have never been known to injure anyone. Scare the pants off, perhaps, but never to hurt. While pop-up, Halloween-themed amusement parks and “haunted” houses proliferate the Chicago scene this time of year, why not skip the hoopla and try your hand at witnessing the “real” thing — all while knocking back…

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