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Pregnant Woman Is Pregnant Again While Still Pregnant

Posted 9/25/2009 4:00 am by

In one of the most unusual pregnancy stories in PopFi’s long history of covering weird maternity happenings, Julia Grovenburg stands alone.  After all, she’s one of the few people in the world with superfetation, which means she was pregnant, and then get pregnant with a second child.  Two fetuses, one womb, two different conception times.  […]

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The Solar-Powered Roadway From San Fran to L.A.

Posted 9/24/2009 12:33 pm by

The future is here, and it is electric-powered.  That’s what the makers of the Tesla Roadster all-electric car believe, and now for California’s fans of the Tesla, they can drive from Los Angeles to San Francisco and back while keeping their cars charged.  Rabobank and SolarCity have combined their efforts to launch five electric car-charging […]

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Marilyn Monroe: A Portrait In Paintballs

Posted 9/24/2009 9:42 am by

The above piece of famous art is the Marilyn Diptych, by pop artist Andy Warhol.  Taking inspiration from this is Bon Yurt, a Colombian artist.  Using only paint ball pellets and a team of paintball players, he sought to recreate Warhol’s portrait of Marilyn Monroe on a large sheet.  Check out the results! See, it […]

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Gigantic 19 Pound Baby Born In Indonesia

Posted 9/24/2009 8:45 am by

Compared to your average pregnant mother, a woman named Ani in Indonesia had a seriously rough delivery after going into the hospital to give birth to her son.  She was a high risk pregnancy due to being 41 years old.  She has diabetes, which puts her at risk for all kinds of problems.  And, of […]

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Older Workers With Awesome Occupations

Posted 9/24/2009 5:30 am by

That gentleman off to your right is Robert Mugabe.  At age 85, he is one of the world’s oldest active heads of state.  Of course, he’s also a murdering, horrible dictator, but for an older dude he’s got a pretty cool job.   Of course, he’s not the only older gentleman with a pretty awesome […]

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Haunting Images From Australia’s Dust Storm

Posted 9/24/2009 4:30 am by

  That’s not some post-apocalyptic wasteland or a nightmare scenario come to life, that’s Australia.  Specifically, it’s beautiful Sydney, Australia, circa yesterday.  It’s hard to believe, but that harsh red sky is actually a signifier of a freakishly large dust storm that ravaged New South Wales and Queensland.  While Australia is no stranger to dust […]

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Spinning Silk From Spiderwebs

Posted 9/23/2009 12:34 pm by

The silk from the golden orb spider is one of the strongest threads in the world, five or six times stronger than steel.  It is also beautiful and notoriously difficult to extract, let alone turn into beautiful tapestries.  The material is so difficult to work with that, until now, no one had ever managed to […]

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Cops Play Video Games During Drug Bust

Posted 9/23/2009 10:21 am by

The police departments of Polk County, Auburndale, Lakeland, and Winter Haven in Florida spent nearly a year trying to bust convicted drug dealer Michael Difalco.  When the bust went down on March 6 of this year, Difalco was caught with crystal meth, marijuana, illegal weapons, and over $30,000 worth of stolen property.  Unfortunately for embarrassed […]

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Behind The Scenes: 10 Dirty Restaurant Secrets

Posted 9/23/2009 9:50 am by

I find, in most cases, it’s best not to pry too much into the behind the scenes areas of your average restaurant.  So long as it passes the health inspection and I don’t see any rats, I really don’t want to know what goes on.  That’s why it is with great trepidation that I pass […]

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Will Work For Food, 2009 Edition

Posted 9/23/2009 9:17 am by

David Rowe could not find a job.  Like a lot of people I know, he had a brand new degree, a big pile of debts, and absolutely no way to get a foot in the door thanks to the economic downturn that has affected both rich and poor alike.  However, rather than succumbing to depression, […]

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Super-Expensive Bottle Of Spirits

Posted 9/23/2009 8:52 am by

I’ve seen a lot of expensive bottles of alcohol.  I worked in a liquor store for awhile and spent many days dusting top-shelf booze that nobody bought.  However, I’ve never seen a bottle of alcohol that was more expensive for what was on the bottle than what was actually inside the bottle, which is the […]

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Emoji Dick, The LOLWhale

Posted 9/22/2009 4:35 pm by

People constantly are looking for ways to make classic literature relevant to the modern audience.  People these days just don’t read much anymore.  That’s why newspapers are dying, magazine circulation is drying up, and writing is on the decline.  There’s got to be some way to make Herman Melville’s dense, modernist tome Moby Dick appealing […]

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Giant Squid On Parade

Posted 9/22/2009 1:04 pm by

The crew of the Nautilus can rest easy tonight, because there’s one less giant squid around to try to crack open the ship and eat the delicious people inside.  For many years, the giant squid was thought to be fictional, like many other freaky fish.  Due to its elusive nature, it’s very rare that one […]

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Recycle (or Teacycle) Those Tea Bags

Posted 9/22/2009 11:15 am by

One of the more interesting modern phenomenon is the single-serving packet.  There’s a whole passage in Fight Club about the tiny servings of things you get on airplanes, but before there was airplane food, there was the tea bag.  In some form or another, the tea bag concept has been around for over 100 years.  […]

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The Incredibly Expensive Movies Of The 2000’s

Posted 9/22/2009 10:02 am by

There’s an axiom that states, “You have to spend money to make money.”  There’s no field in the world where this old saying is truer than the field of big-budget Hollywood movies.  For example, the most expensive movie made in the past decade was Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.  If io9’s numbers are […]

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The Ryugyong Ghost Hotel And Other Korean Oddities

Posted 9/22/2009 8:53 am by

  That unusual building is the Ryugyong Hotel, one of the largest buildings in one of the least-understood countries in the entire world, North Korea.  It is, by far, the largest building in Pyongyang, the capital of the secretive Southeast Asian dictatorship.  It has also been sitting, unfinished, since 1992.  That’s just one of the […]

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After The Apocalypse, Russian Style

Posted 9/21/2009 8:45 pm by

Taking inspiration from the video games Fallout and S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadows of Chernobyl, some 200 Russians gathered in the town of Vyborg and basically recreated the post-apocalyptic, mutant-strewn landscape that might happen after the nuclear apocalypse.  There were lots of guns, plenty of gas masks, and lots and lots of camouflage as these dedicated role players […]

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Resolve Roommate Problems With Swordplay

Posted 9/21/2009 1:04 pm by

I’m lucky; in the five years I had roommates while in college, we never got into any serious disagreements.  Roommates of Michael Angel Zamago are not so lucky.  Following a disagreement over an empty soda can and accusations that Zamago’s room was broken into, two men ended up in the hospital with stab wounds.  Allegedly, […]

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The Lizard That Look Like Spider-Man

Posted 9/21/2009 10:16 am by

Comic book fans around the world are clamoring to get their hands on the Agama Mwanzae, or flat-headed agama.  This lizard, originally from sub-Saharan Africa, is the latest hit in the pet world for one big reason:  it looks like a lizard version of Spider-Man.  You have to admit, it really does have a strong […]

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The Shell Man of China

Posted 9/21/2009 9:32 am by

Lin Tianzhuan and Dede Kosawa have a lot in common.  Aside from both being from the Asian continent, both men are famous for having some pretty distinctive medical conditions.  Dede Kosawa is the Tree Man of Java, whose multiple surgeries to remove bark-like growths have captivated the world.  Lin Tianzhuan is better known as Coral […]

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Cursive Writing Is A Dinosaur

Posted 9/21/2009 9:17 am by

A few short years ago I would’ve read an article about how some schools no longer teach cursive handwriting and just lost it.  I would have been reduced to a jibbering, drooling mess of serious rage because, to me, something like that is important. At least, on the surface, being able to write in proper […]

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“Facebook For The Dead” Launches

Posted 9/18/2009 4:18 pm by

It’s a service that, quite frankly, should have been invented years ago. Most people nowadays plan the details of their own funeral before they pass.  From music to coffins and choices of flowers, once folks reach a certain age they start preparing for the inevitable, so their family doesn’t have to.  Launched by two Australians, […]

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Wendy’s Old Fashioned Lung Obstruction

Posted 9/18/2009 3:26 pm by

Say you’re sick.  You’re coughing up a lot of blood, you’re always sick and bouncing back and forth from the doctor, and you’ve got chronic pneumonia.  Well, you might never know what’s going on, unless you’ve read PopFi’s previous articles.  Why do I make such a bold pronouncement?  Well, it took John Manely months to […]

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12-Year-Old Changes From Boy To Girl

Posted 9/18/2009 9:15 am by

Kids grow up so fast.  You leave for summer a fresh-faced boy and you come back as a young man, struggling through puberty.  Or you leave for the summer a fresh-faced boy and come back to school in the fall as a fresh-faced girl.  One English preteen arrived at secondary school with a new name […]

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Happy, The Smiling Jalapeno

Posted 9/18/2009 8:45 am by

Nigel Hollingworth, amateur gardener, has something to brag about.  First of all, his first attempt at growing a pepper plant in Somerset, England was successful.  That’s pretty tough to do, given how England’s climate isn’t exactly the same as the jalapeno pepper’s natural home climate.  However, Nigel’s plants aren’t noteworthy just for the fruit they […]

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Use Blue Lights, Fight Depression

Posted 9/18/2009 8:16 am by

As one of the world’s most modern nations with one of the world’s most impressive mass transportation system, the Japanese train system is something pretty much any modern country would want to emulate.  Except for one aspect.  While the Japanese trains are normally very punctual, Japan has one of the highest suicide rates in the […]

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Monkey Bully Pushes Woman Off A Cliff

Posted 9/17/2009 1:59 pm by

When the tour guide at the wildlife park tells you that if you show fear, the monkeys will bully you, you’d better listen.  If you don’t, you might end up like 60-year-old Zhou Juchang.  Not only did a monkey try to take her bag of food, when she refused to give the snacks up the […]

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Sultan Kosen, The World’s Tallest Man

Posted 9/17/2009 1:08 pm by

Sultan Kosen, a 25-year-old man from Turkey, has not one, but three Guinness World Records in his possession.  One of them is his recent ordination as the new world’s tallest man.  Also, while getting measured up for his new crown, it was discovered that Sultan also has the world’s largest hands and longest feet.  He’s […]

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The Snuggie Is A Hit At Fashion Week

Posted 9/17/2009 11:59 am by

New York’s Fashion Week has got to be a crazy environment.  From odd new clothing trends to celebrity sightings, there’s always something to talk about when the style makers come together.   However, the weirdest fashion show wasn’t by some obscure European designer’s survival sweatshirt or some Japanese outsider artist’s trying to make a name […]

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Bats In Action

Posted 9/17/2009 11:21 am by

Kim Taylor is something of an acclaimed nature photographer.  However, for these incredible images of bats drinking from a pond, he didn’t have to go anywhere fancy.  Nope, Kim captured these night-time visitors in his own backyard, using a high speed photography set-up of his own design. That’s not saying that Kim didn’t have to […]

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