Recreating the Antique Poster That Inspired a Beatles Song

John Lennon wrote "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite" in 1967, but most of the fanciful lyrics were actually written in 1843. You see, Lennon didn't pull them out of a drug-induced hallucination—he pulled them off a 19th-century poster advertising the Pablo Fanque Circus. The story's actually fairly well known, but… » 10/15/12 4:40pm 10/15/12 4:40pm

Mobile Phone Subscriptions to Reach 4 Billion by Year's End

The UN's International Telecommunications Union announced Friday that mobile phone subscriptions will reach 4 billion by the end of 2008, far more than half of the estimated 6.7 billion total world population. Of course, there are some, like John Mayer, who throw off that number by having more than one cell phone » 9/27/08 4:45pm 9/27/08 4:45pm

Microsoft Surface Predicts the Election with McCain and Obama…

MSNBC had an impromptu demonstration of its new Microsoft Surface table this morning, and gave political analyst Chuck Todd a chance to play with his dollies. At first, the goateed Todd moved states around, zooming, coloring and highlighting with his finger. Though he didn't really have a full handle on all the… » 9/08/08 5:40pm 9/08/08 5:40pm

Urinals Coming to Airplanes, Beware the Golden Shower Turbulence

This is a pic of the urinals at Stockholm's Arlanda airport, courtesy of urinal.net, but if a German design company has its way, pissoirs will soon be a feature of passenger jets. Dassler Interiors has designed one-man urinals designed to stand alongside (sorry) the existing cubicle toilets on planes—let's just hope… » 4/16/08 6:15am 4/16/08 6:15am