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Cicadas, Going Nowhere At The Speed Of Light

In A Tale of Two Cities, when Charles Dickens penned his famous quote, "it was the best of times, it was the worst of times," while he was relating how opposing factions viewed the French Revolution, one might make a similar observation regarding the return of the cicadas.

Feeling Hungry? Try These Video-Game Themed Bento Boxes

For the uninitiated, Bento is a type of lunch-time meal which consists of rice, meat, and vegetables, the whole array arranged together in a box. It's a fairly traditional dish, often prepared for school and work lunches; it's also available at most restaurants which serve Japanese food. Those mass-produced meals rather pale in comparison to the stuff I'd like to share with you folks today - calling the ordinary stuff downright inadequate wouldn't be much of a stretch.

Minox: History Of A Spy Camera

Developed in 1936, the Minox subminiature camera quickly became a secret agent's preferred tool for copying classified documents, as seen in many spy movies. Here's a look at some of the most famous Minox models still available to collectors.   

45-Year-Old Vietnam War Photos Rediscovered

Charlie Haughey, who served during the Vietnam War, shot almost 2000 pictures during his tour of duty. Upon his return to the States his negatives were put into storage and forgotten. Now, almost 45 years later, many of those images are being published for the very first time. And so begins the Chieu Hoi Project.

'iSteve' Movie Examines An Unexamined Life From The Great iBeyond

The just released movie "iSteve" is a creative spoof satirizing the life and times of Steve Jobs, in a way that not only takes liberty with the historical facts but also ironically casts in the title role the actor that helped make "Mac" a household name. That's right, while Ashton Kuthcher's portrayal of Jobs is still a way's off, Justin Long of "I'm a Mac" fame has assumed the role of iSteve in this online mockumentary, available to any and all, on a computer near you!

RIP YouTube [2005-2013], The End Of An Era

Man, we were all fooled. We're being told today, YouTube was launched in 2005 with one sole goal in mind -- to surface the best video of all time. It's taken 8 short years, but the panel of judges are now ready to get down to brass tacks and start the hard work, which according to Google will take 10 long years hence.

Ubiquitous Marriage Equality Symbol's Evolution

Unless you've been living under a rock, sworn off using social networks or have been on an extended vacation, you've probably been stumbling over the marriage equality symbol that's cyberventilating its way across Facebook and Twitter. The pink equal sign on red background, with all it's various permutations is now considered the de facto logo of supporters of gay marriage. And as such, according to Chris Gayomali at theweek.com, "it ticks all the requisite checkboxes. . . it's simple, instantly recognizable, and well, everywhere."

British Airways' 'Innovation Lab In The Sky' Sequesters Silicon Valley Techies

Everyone in the States at this point in time is very familiar with the term "sequester" as it applies to limiting the size of the U.S. federal budget. British Airways, on the other hand is using the concept as originally defined -- "to cause to withdraw, into seclusion." British Airways' latest innovation is titled, 'Innovation Lab In The Sky,' and their sequestration will not be limiting at all, because their plan is to expand upon talent and opportunities, with a little help from their friends.

Video Cracks Code to Apple’s Innovation

How innovative is Apple, really? The "3 Ways Apple Actually Innovates" video takes a different approach to this question in little more than a minute.

Back To The Future: X Ray Glasses

For those who have always wondered about how those X-Ray Specs from your youth worked, here's everything you probably never thought to ask.

Will The Next Pontiff Be A Social Media Pope?

It's been said that the selection process for deciding the next Pope is cloaked in smoke and mirrors - before the actual white smoke rises. Like a literal interpretation of a Greek Tragedy's 'Deus ex Machina' - a seemingly difficult challenge is overcome by the intervention of God - where divine inspiration finally saves the day. Which poses an interesting question, might the All Mighty think the time is right fora more aggressive Social Media Pope?

Color Me Stop And Go: The History Of The Traffic Light

You see them hanging around, here and there. They’re everywhere, part of the landscape, it seems but you never really pay close attention to them until you blow through a red one. Here's some interesting facts about traffic lights...

Aiming For Peace - Guns Transformed Into Art

Art is a product of creation. Guns are a tool of destruction. Mexican sculptor Pedro Reyes brings these two opposing forces into harmony with his unique and inspiring work.

'30 Rock' Reinvented Situation Comedy, While Biting The Hand That Feeds [Videos]

Tina Fey's 30 Rock was a surreal sitcom that turned the genre on its head. High and low-brow comedy are treated as equals where punch-drunk punchlines often sail over the heads of even the most die-hard Feysians! To reinvent the 30-minute format, Fey also stole a page out of David Letterman's playbook - that is, disparaging jabs at its own TV network.

1984's Big Brother Meets 'Person Of Interest' Becomes Reality?

George Orwell's 'Nineteen Eighty-Four' written in 1949 appears to have entered the world's zeitgeist almost 30 years later than the author's prognostication. The satirical novel set in the fictional country of Oceania describes a dystopian society tyrannized by omnipresent government surveillance. Today, the TV Show 'Person of Interest' introduces a similar theme by replacing Orwell's 'Big Brother' with 'The Machine.' Is a world of paranoia within our midst?

Social Media Fans Follow Barefoot Bandit To Prison & The Movies

Whatever happened to the Colton Harris-Moore, the rebel-without-a-cause (aka the Barefoot Bandit)? Here was a teenager brought up in a turbulent low-income household who went on to earn international notoriety and a huge following in the social media space commencing back in 2010.

New Year Resolutions Traced Back To Medieval Times

Though our ancestors back in the 1300's probably didn't resolve to turn their abs into 6-packs at the beginning of every new year, new research indicates that they did make wishes and predictions at the new year, a tradition believed to have evolved into today's resolutions.

Times Change, The Seagull 1963 Chinese Air Force Watch Stays The Same

The exquisite Seagull 1963 Chinese Air Force wristwatch is a faithful, 21-jewel replica of the unique hand-winding aviation chronograph originally created for just 1,400 elite members of the Chinese Air Force.

Plan Z, TAX the TAX Man!

After a volatile election year, heightened bi-partisan bickering, a drift-less mandate and a still-divided government, perhaps it was senseless to think a lame duck could waddle to our fiscal rescue. On the other hand, maybe we were waiting for the wrong shoe to drop.

From "First Time Girls" To "First Wives Club," Protests Go Viral Prior To Election [Videos]

Women's issues move center-stage once again in the final stretch of this year's contentious Presidential campaigns -- mainly, due to Richard Mourdock's and Todd Akin's extreme views on women's rights.  On the left, the creative genius of HBO's hit comedy "Girls," Lena Dunham and 1960's pop icon Lesley Gore have released political ads that connect women of the 1960s to first-time female voters of 2012, which provided a needed counterpoint.