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Quitting Time

According to Fox 2 Detroit, a study of 2,000 office workers has found that their focus begins to turn away from work to weekend fun at approximately 2:39 pm on Fridays. Those of you on the west coast, you only have about 1 hour 39 minutes of productivity left for the week. Don’t […]

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The Scanadu Tricorder…er…SCOUT

Star Trek geeks, today we move closer to the universe of Gene Roddenberry’s imagination. Today we have a medical tricorder. Kind of.

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Permanent Development

President Obama has Cadillac One. Pope Benedict XVI has the Popemobile. Peru’s President Ollanta Moisés Humala Tasso rides around in a 1973 Chrysler New Yorker (according to Hooniverse). What is Putin to do? Order up his own custom ZiL!

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Death Star 2.0

Just because today is a holiday for most Americans doesn’t mean we have to stop learning. No, instead we should pursue knowledge regardless of whether our office is open or not. So, to help, I am going to share an amazing fact with you. The model of the second Death Star (appearing in […]

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“Donuts make the brain relax”


Courtesy the ever illustrious and good friend Mike Bumbeck of Clunkbucket and Hemmings fame, what we have here are a set of mind-controlled kitty-ears.

You heard me. Mind. Control. Kitty-ears.

Brought to you by those same crazy folks that charge extra for not cooking your fish and who keep a fire-breathing sea-lizard as a national pet, these animated costume ears once again manage to mix sci-fi quality technology with some of the off-beat whimsy Japan has become famous for. Continue reading “Donuts make the brain relax”

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Making Better Beer Through SCIENCE!

Legend has it that during the Middle Ages many monasteries began brewing beer to both feed their parishioners and to raise money to cover their operating costs and good will efforts. When the Pope found out about this he was not pleased. The Trappist Monks in France and Belgium convinced him to try some of their beer. So, they loaded a few barrels on a cart and sent it on its way to Rome. A funny thing happens to beer that sits too long…it goes bad. By the time the beer reached the Pope he took one sip, spit it out and said if they can sell that crap then God bless ’em.
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MKULTRA, LSD, Mind Control

Mind control is one of those themes that is a staple of science fiction. An evil scientist creates a device that causes people to do things that are against their normal ethical and/or moral standards. A foreign government reprograms a POW to help in its overthrow of a major world government. Even the Jedi and Sith can control the weak minded.
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Behind the scenes: Are you Serious?!?!?

Yes it is.

This is not real

In “Star Trek IV, The Voyage Home” Chief Engineer “Scotty” trades the formula for fictional “transparent aluminum” in exchange for materials in order to make holding tanks for the magic humpback whales which will save future earth from an evil alien probe, which threatens to evaporate earth’s oceans. Or something like that.

This transparent aluminum material is supposedly used in various starship fittings, including exterior ship portals and windows. And Scotty giving the formula to the inventor creates one of them weird predestination paradoxes that make Trekkies all giddy and prone to using really big words.

This obscure reference came up earlier this week during behind-the-scenes banter here at Atomic Toasters, where we discuss ideas for articles, theme weeks and of course our awesome user submissions (keep them coming!).

The exchanges behind the curtains can be just as fascinating and humorous as it is in the comments section of this awesome website. The collaboration of many semi-great minds takes us in many exciting directions and there is always something new to learn. And at other times it is just plain funny.

This week has been no exception. In this case we’ve decided to share, and I’ll let the following email thread do the explaining. Hit the space-jump to see it in its entirety.

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The Ultimate Snow Vehicle?

Snowmageddon 2011 is quickly approaching. Here at the Atomic Toasters Detroit field office we’re expecting up to 16 inches of snow when it’s all said and done. That’s a pretty significant snowfall for us, and it is unlikely many people will be headed to work tomorrow. However, if you do need to go to work, and the road crews have been enjoying coffee in a heated office while snow accumulates on the ground, the proper equipment would be needed to traverse the snowy landscape.

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News Of The Weird, Spaceheads

Giant bubbles, in outer space…

…Make me happy, make me feel fine.

Scientists have discovered two giant (25,000 light years each) “space bubbles” using the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope. The current theory is that they are the remnants of the explosion of a supersized black hole in the center of the Milky Way. That’s right, this is happening […]