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Demand for useless and dangerous ‘alternative’ cures hits an all-time high

Reading Time: 5 minutes In Oscar Wilde’s fabulously funny The Canterbury Ghost, an apparition haunting Canterbury Chase is both mortified and angry when the new owners of the property—American clergyman Hyram B. Otis and his family—flatly refuse to be fazed by his attempts to scare them. The ghost of Sir Simon de Canterville is particularly outraged by the clergyman’s […]

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Scientific horoscope for Sun Jan 30 – Sat Feb 4

Reading Time: 3 minutes Aquarius Someone close to you will someday have a xenotransplant. Perhaps the organ will be from a genetically-altered heart from a Sus domesticus? image by @krisroller Pisces You will amaze your coworker when you mention woolly mammoths lived during the time the pyramids were built. image by @worachatsodsri Aries Following up on that conversation with […]

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Mercury retrograde has nothing to do with Facebook going down

Reading Time: 4 minutes Why was Facebook down for several hours yesterday? Here’s a technical explanation from someone who would know: Later Monday, Santosh Janardhan, Facebook’s VP of infrastructure, released a statement about Facebook’s service interruption saying the company was “sorry for the inconvenience caused by today’s outage across our platforms.” Our engineering teams have learned that configuration changes […]

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These Randos Know As Much About “Mercury in Retrograde” as Astrologers: Nothing

Reading Time: < 1 minute With astrologers claiming that “Mercury in retrograde” is to blame for all kinds of communication problems, including the recent glitch that broke Facebook, it’s only fair to ask people who agree to explain what the hell that phrase even means. Turns out their responses are as idiotic as you’d expect: Here’s the thing: While segments […]