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A Murder in Salem. The 1830 killing of Captain Joseph White was a whodunit worthy of gothic literature, which it inspired.
Five places where land is free. There are requirements, like you have to go live there, but you gotta live someplace, right?
How to Manipulate People. Follow these directions exactly and you’ll be just like my second husband.
The 50 Most Hated Characters in Literary History. The number one entry is not all that surprising, but surprisingly recent. (via Interesting Pile)
The GRASP Quadrotor UAV. Soon to be either the military’s deadliest weapon or else the hottest toy of the year.
A conversation with Gary Trudeau as Doonesbury Turns 40. The comic is “…a soap opera, a tragedy, a comedy, an investigative agency, a liberal political commentary, a scourge of pomposity and corruption, a humanitarian exercise, all rolled into one.” (via Metafilter)
They’ve finally found a way to make robot hands sensitive enough to grasp different types of objects. The secret is coffee grounds stuffed into a latex balloon. (via Neatorama)