What is microfilmate?
Thanos is a recurring villain in Marvel comics, and the Avengers have defeated him many times. However, the 1991 series The Infinity Gauntlet closely resembles the plot of the recent films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Needless to say, there are a number of major differences between the two stories. In the comics, Thanos attempts to collect all of the Infinity Gems (called Infinity Stones in the movies) to destroy half of the life in… Read More
What are the records for “Jeopardy!” winnings?
This answer might change soon, as James Holzhauer is on his way to topping the all-time record for Jeopardy! winnings. As of May 29, 2019, the records for Jeopardy! winnings are as follows: Ken Jennings currently holds the all-time record for total winnings in consecutive games. He won 74 straight games in 2004, winning over $2.5 million before losing to Nancy Zerg. Brad Rutter holds the all-time earnings record, as he has taken home more… Read More
Can NHL fans really fill in as goalies?
Yes. but they need to be officially declared eligible prior to the start of the game. If you’re attending a hockey game, you don’t have to worry about suddenly being pulled onto the ice. Here’s an excerpt from the NHL rulebook (link opens a PDF): “In regular League and Playoff games, if both listed goalkeepers are incapacitated, that team shall be entitled to dress and play any available goalkeeper who is eligible [emphasis added]. This goalkeeper… Read More
What is the #Fr >
The #FridayFeeling hashtag is commonly used to describe the feeling you get when something’s about to change for the better—for instance, when the weekend’s almost here. It’s also used to describe the feeling of laziness (or lack of motivation) that comes at the end of the week. https://twitter.com/storms_horizon/status/1123866732614029315 The hashtag is commonly used on Fridays, for obvious reasons, and it’s often trending on Twitter and Instagram. In 2019, many Twitter users started using the #FridayFeeling… Read More
Why do people hate the final season of Game of Thrones?
It’s no secret that the latest season of Game of Thrones is controversial. On IMDB, which allows fans to rate shows on a scale of 1-10, the series has an average rating of 9.4, but the Season 8 episodes “The Last of the Starks” and “The Bells” currently have ratings of 5.6 and 6.2, respectively. The final episode, “The Iron Throne,” has an abysmal rating of 4.3. The main criticism is that Game of Thrones… Read More
Has science proven any benefits for intermittent fasting?
Yes, but those benefits are limited. First, for the uninitiated: Intermittent fasting diets restrict a person’s caloric intake during certain hours or days. For instance, a person might follow a 16:8 fasting diet, eating only in an 8-hour window each day and fasting for the remaining 16 hours. Some diets are more extreme—dieters might drastically reduce their intake to about 500-600 calories for several days per week then eat normally for the other days. Proponents… Read More
Are self-driving cars safe?
Overall, yes, self-driving cars seem to be safe, but there are a few important caveats to keep in mind when comparing autonomous systems to human drivers. First, let’s look at the available statistics. Google’s Waymo autonomous vehicles boast some of the field’s best technology, and they’ve logged over 10 million miles of real-world experience since 2009; as of 2018 (before they’d reached the 10-million-mile mark), they’d been involved in at least 30 minor accidents, but… Read More
The tradition of throwing an octopus onto the ice started at a Detroit Red Wings game on April 15, 1952. It’s a pretty fascinating tradition, and over the decades, it has spread to other NHL teams. We can thank brothers Pete and Jerry Cusimano for coming up with the idea. They owned a fish market in Detroit, and by mid-April, the Red Wings were in a great position: They led the Stanley Cup Final series… Read More
What was the funniest mistake in professional wrestling history?
That’s a tough question with several potential answers. Professional wrestling history is full of mistakes (or, as they’re known in industry lingo, “botches”), and many are quite funny. The debut of the Shockmaster, though, reigns supreme as the funniest. The 1993 debut of the Shockmaster is generally considered the worst character introduction in wrestling history, but that wasn’t by design. Some background: Sting and the British Bulldog appeared on a talk show segment of WCW’s… Read More
What is universal income?
Universal income, also called universal basic income or basic income, is a term for various economic models that provide all of a country’s residents with a periodic cash allowance regardless of their employment status or other factors. To many Americans, this sounds like a radical idea—and, indeed, universal basic income is highly controversial. Proponents claim it’s the most effective way to prevent widespread poverty. They say the current workforce is too large, and increasing amounts… Read More
What are witch windows?
Witch windows, also known as “Vermont windows” or “coffin windows,” are an architectural feature of many homes in the American Northeast. They’re standard portrait-style windows, but they’re angled so that their long edge is parallel to the roofline. The term “witch windows” probably comes from superstition. According to local lore, witches can’t travel through the tilted windows, since the windows form a cross with the roofline—or possibly because witches aren’t very good at flying at… Read More
Who are the best female professional wrestlers of all time?
While this is a subjective question, there are several obvious answers. In pro wrestling history, female entertainers haven’t been quite as popular as world-famous male wrestlers like Hulk Hogan, Bruno Sammartino, or Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, but prominent women wrestlers have been a part of the sport since its inception. The Fabulous Moolah might be the most famous female wrestler of all time, and she was certainly one of the biggest names in her era… Read More