News: Offbeat

New Color Scale Makes Data Visualizations Easier for Colorblind People to Read

Thursday  08:51,   16 august 2018
mentalfloss

Rainbows aren't intuitive at all.Now, researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Washington have developed an alternative to the rainbow color scale that will make data visualization and other[...]
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Lost Contact Lens Found 28 Years Later in Woman's Eyelid

Thursday  07:36,   16 august 2018
insideedition

The lost contact lens was embedded in a cyst in the woman's eyelid.Twenty-eight years later, doctors found it, embedded in a cyst in her left[...]

'Matilda Challenge,' New Social Trend Sweeping Twitter

Thursday  07:32,   16 august 2018
ibtimes

The challenge is based on one song in particular from the movie, called the “Little Bitty Pretty One” where Matilda demonstrates her magical mental capabilities in a peppy dance number. Every inanimate object she pointed at began reacting without[...]

A Hidden Section of the Berlin Wall Was Just Discovered

Thursday  07:32,   16 august 2018
mentalfloss

The 66-foot stretch was obscured by overgrowth and graffiti and went unnoticed for decades.Although not every inch of the wall was razed, most people thought all sections had been accounted for: It’s hard to miss a giant monolith of concrete[...]

Mysterious giant 'hairy sea monster' leaves locals baffled as it washes up on a beach on the Pacific coast of Russia

Wednesday  19:08,   15 august 2018
dailymail.co.uk

Locals have stumbled upon a hulking 'smelly' carcass on the Pacific coastline of the Kamchatka peninsula, but what is it? Larger than three men, it's been likened to a 'hairy octopus'.Locals have failed to identify the 'strange[...]

Dad grades typo-filled council letter about his son missing school

Wednesday  19:07,   15 august 2018
msn

A dad snuck his son out of school to go on holiday - but the disciplinary letter he received <g class="gr_ gr_23 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Punctuation replaceWithoutSep" data-gr-id="23" id="23">as [...]

14-year-old boy hopes to inspire with bid for governor of Vermont

Wednesday  19:07,   15 august 2018
cbsnews

There's no age requirement in Vermont, where Ethan Sonneborn is looking to make his markBRISTOL, Vt. — Ethan Sonneborn found a creative way to spend his summer vacation — he's running for the governor of Vermont. There's no age requirement[...]

A bear walks into a Connecticut liquor store — and fortunately no one gets hurt

Wednesday  14:51,   15 august 2018
bostonglobe

A bear walks into a Connecticut liquor store — and fortunately no one gets hurtWhen the employees at Crazy Bruce’s Liquors retell the story, it sounds like a setup for a corny dad[...]

Terrified, Tiny Horse Is Befriended by Golden Retriever at North Carolina Equine

Wednesday  14:51,   15 august 2018
insideedition

Sammy the mini horse was so far gone, it was recommended he be put down.But Darlene Kindle of Carolina Equine Rescue and Assistance in North Carolina wasn't ready to throw in the towel just yet. Though the pint-sized animal was only "skin and [...]

Intriguing New Theory Might Explain the Fate of Easter Island's Civilization

Wednesday  14:51,   15 august 2018
mentalfloss

It's calling into question what we thought we knew about the mysterious culture.For years, scientists thought they knew why—but fresh archaeological evidence has provided an alternative[...]

Shoppers are buying clothes just for the Instagram pic, and then returning them

Wednesday  12:27,   15 august 2018
qz

Buying clothes for a fancy event, tucking in the tags, and returning them to the store the next day has for years been the strategy.According to a survey commissioned by the credit card company Barclaycard, nearly one in 10 UK shoppers (9%) admit to [...]

Who Wrote The Beatles' 'In My Life'? According to Math, It Was John Lennon

Wednesday  12:27,   15 august 2018
mentalfloss

The numbers don't[...]

You Can Now Visit the Recreated Cottage of a Famous Unsolved Murder Victim

Wednesday  08:05,   15 august 2018
mentalfloss

Joe the Quilter met a grisly end—and his story is being retold centuries later.Old Joe was well known, and well-liked. It was quite a shock, then, when he was found murdered in his[...]

Michigan Woman Almost Threw Away $50,000 Lottery Ticket

Wednesday  07:57,   15 august 2018
insideedition

<p>Delaine Passucci, 47, won $50,000 from a lottery ticket she almost threw in the garbage after several failed attempts to check her winnings.</p>Delaine Passucci, 47, won $50,000 from a lottery ticket she almost threw in the garbage after[...]

People are calling this SAT math question 'the meanest test problem ever' — see if you can solve it

Wednesday  07:57,   15 august 2018
msn

A Quora thread of difficult SAT math questions included one that people are calling "the meanest test problem ever." Can you figure it out? If not, never fear — Presh Talwalkar of the YouTube channel and blog MindYourDecisions posted a[...]