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August 2010

  1. Football Player Gets His Hair Insured for $1 Million

    Weird celebrity insurance policies, especially on notorious body parts, are the stuff of legend. Just observe this list – or this one, for that matter – for some of the craziest (and in some cases, quite possibly fakest) insurance policies ever taken out. Well, we have a new one to add to that list. Head & Shoulders, manufacturer of perhaps the best-known anti-dandruff shampoo out there (and, as seen here and here, prominently endorsed by Steelers star Troy Polamalu) decided to protect its investment in Polamalu by making another one – a $1 million insurance policy on his luxurious mane. >>>Read more at SportsGrid.

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  2. Electrostatic Noticeboard: No Pushpins Required

    The idea behind Jonathan Jordan's Stix Electrostatic Noticeboard is a straightforward one: The pushpins, staples, and what have you that we associate with bulletin boards are annoying and wasteful, so why not cut out the middleman and have papers stick directly to the board's surface itself, in such a way that they hold for a long time but can be easily taken down? The board uses electrostatic attraction to achieve this goal, similar to when you rub a balloon against your hair and stick it to your arm.

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  3. Your Cat Will Love the Feeling…

    Sadly, this is actually an advertisement for European billboard company EuroAWK, and not the work of some very enterprising (and very lucky) vandal, but it's still an excellent mashup. (via Reddit)

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  4. Flight Simulator Programming Flaws Linked to Real-Life Crashes

    Unsettling news from this morning's USA Today: When the paper analyzed federal flight accident records, they discovered that "More than half of the 522 fatalities in U.S. airline accidents since 2000" could be traced back to problems with the flight simulators that pilots use to learn how to fly commercial airliners. While on the whole, flight simulators are a good thing for air safety, in that they allow pilots to log training hours without real-life passengers on board, current simulators oversimplify certain key aspects of flight -- which is made worse in that many airlines don't warn their pilots of the simulators' limitations.

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  5. Now, Gmail Will Sort Your Important Email Automatically

    Hot on the heels of Gmail's new phone call function, Google is rolling out a new feature called Gmail Priority Inbox that will automatically put your most important email, as determined by Google's algorithms, into a high-priority inbox. Below that, you'll see those emails which you've decided to star (this is a feature that's already existed in Gmail); below, that, you'll see "everything else," the standard dump of your email as it comes in. Much like Google's high-quality, barely noticeable spam filter, Priority Inbox will be a painless, automatic sorting and filtering mechanism, although if it's not your cup of tea, you'll be able to select your standard Gmail inbox from the sidebar.

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  6. Haunting Underwater Video of the Titanic’s Sunken Remains

    Since earlier this month, Expedition Titanic has been using robots to take photos and video of the Titanic, which lies two-and-a-half miles below the ocean's surface, along with sonar and other measurements to survey a "full inventory of the ship's artifacts." They recently had to come back to shore due to bad weather caused by Hurricane Danielle, but they've brought with them some fascinating footage of the sunken ship's mouldering bow.

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  7. Geekolinks: 8/30

    Know Your Meme's month in review (KYM) Urlesque's Cee-Lo interview (Urlesque) Heavy drinkers outlive nondrinkers? (TIME) Personal papers of notorious comic book opponent open to the public (Library of Congress) New Chatroulette is live (TechCrunch) Arcade Fire and Google team up for interactive HTML5 video (The Wilderness Downtown) NASA joins Flickr, posts some amazing pictures (Flickr)

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    • ThinkGeek Cunningly Adopts the “XBox Model”

      (Context.)

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    • Project Z-Man: Scale Walls like Spider-Man

      Researchers at Stanford University have created a material similar to rubber which replicates the method geckos use to climb. The Stanford scientists have already successfully tested the material on a robot they adorably named Stickybot and are now working on a way to reinforce the material's strength to support human weight.

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    • Movie Theater Will Marathon All 121 Episodes of LOST for Four Days Straight

      If sleeplessly pushing a button every 108 minutes just doesn't seem obsessive enough to you, you just may want to head the way of London's Prince Charles Cinema: Beginning September 13th, the movie theater plans to screen all 121 episodes of LOST back-to-back, for a total of 80 hours of onscreen delirium, spanning four days.

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