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NY Public Library shares pre-Internet reference questions

NY Public Library shares pre-Internet reference questions

If you have a question about any little thing that crosses your mind, there's a good change you pull out your phone and consult Google, being dished up a bunch of answers in no time at all. Of course, that convenience has only been around for a brief out our inquisitive history, and before such options existed people had to resort to slower, more limited resources. The New York Public Library was one such source as shown by a bunch of reference cards from the 1940s through 1980s.

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Akrapovič Full Moon ‘motorcycle’ concept dreams of the future

Akrapovič Full Moon ‘motorcycle’ concept dreams of the future

Motorcycles with retro twists and futuristic elements are cropping up in increasing numbers. There's the Ronin motorcycle, for example, with its industrial design flavors, as well as the Husqvarna motorcycles, which take a bit more from the retro department while adding modern trim like an LED halo headlight. While both of those are hard to come by, they are both functional beasts, a reality that seems less than probable for the decidedly sci-fi-esque Akrapovič Full Moon bike, which looks ready to zip around space.

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NORAD releases tech specs on Santa’s sleigh

NORAD releases tech specs on Santa’s sleigh

At the beginning of the month, NORAD rolled out its 2014 Santa Tracker, a fun tool kids can use to track Santa's progress as he makes his quick trek around the globe. While most kids likely aren't interested in any fanciful details about the more technical details of Santa's equipment, there's always that one kid who asks endless questions to which you have no answers. That changes this year, with NORAD releasing a technical specifications sheet detailing Santa's sleigh, including fuel consumption and max speed.

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Julian Assange seeks crowdfunding for whistleblower monument

Julian Assange seeks crowdfunding for whistleblower monument

Julian Assange, the man behind WikiLeaks, has spent the last couple of years (and a handful of months) in the Ecuadorian embassy in London to avoid what would be an unfortunate extradition to Sweden. Using the WikiLeaks Twitter account, he retweeted a crowdfunding drive that is seeking funding to create a whistleblower monument of sorts, which will include a life-size statute of Assange himself, as well as Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden.

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Hemingwrite typewriter mixes retro style with modern features

Hemingwrite typewriter mixes retro style with modern features

If your nights or wee morning hours are spent penning the next great novel, but you find that a laptop -- with all its wonderful distractions -- is putting a damper on your efforts, the folks behind Hemingwrite feel your pain, and their solution is a distraction-free typewriter. The Hemingwrite typewriter offers the best features of classic typewriters with some modern tweaks necessary for a primarily digital world, including cloud backups and an e-paper display.

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McDonald’s launches Batman Burger in Hong Kong

McDonald’s launches Batman Burger in Hong Kong

The world seems enamored with burgers lately. First Burger King drew a lot of attention by releasing an all-black burger (we ate one), which included black cheese and black buns. McDonald's ripped its idea off to a small degree and released a similar version in Shinjuku. Now the latter company is back with another burger of note -- the Batman Burger.

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McDonald’s launches its own version of Burger King’s black burger

McDonald’s launches its own version of Burger King’s black burger

Burger King has attracted a lot of attention recently with the all-black burger it launched in Japan -- something that we braved a taste of and gave two thumbs-up. Not to be left out of the limelight is McDonald's, which has moved ahead with its own similar gimmick in Japan, introducing its own squid-ink offering.

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Burger King’s all-black burger: surprisingly tasty

Burger King’s all-black burger: surprisingly tasty

Food dyed unnatural colors -- we've seen it before, and we'll see it again, but that never quite quells the reaction such foods produce: eww. Such has largely been the response to Burger King's new all-black hamburger, but as with all things, the eyes can be deceiving.

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Centerplate CEO Des Hague filmed abusing dog in elevator

Centerplate CEO Des Hague filmed abusing dog in elevator

Cameras are a pervasive part of everyday life, and often the source of near-endless outcries about loss of privacy. Though those concerns are valid, there are times when such technology proves beneficial to both humans and animals, and one excellent example is how a simple elevator camera brought otherwise hidden animal abuse to light.

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The Times is using typewriter sound effects to “motivate” workers

The Times is using typewriter sound effects to “motivate” workers

Those of us working office jobs know how quiet it can get -- headphones go on and the subtle clicking of modern keyboards fades away. It would seem such a setup makes for solid productivity, but The Times doesn't agree. Instead, it is blasting its writers with typewriter sound effects to increase worker output.

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Swordsman Isao Machii becomes real-life Fruit Ninja

Swordsman Isao Machii becomes real-life Fruit Ninja

Isao Machii, often referred to as a modern-day samurai, is a master swordsman who has wowed enthusiasts in the past with his superhero-like reflexes and sword skills. In his latest video, he has gone a different direction, becoming a real-life Fruit Ninja.

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Scientist creates ice cream that changes color when licked

Scientist creates ice cream that changes color when licked

Scientists have done our world a lot of good, and that includes tweaking one of our favorite desserts: ice cream. Spanish scientist Manuel Linares has created a secret ingredient that, when sprinkled on ice cream, causes it to slowly morph in color.

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