Category: Cool Reads

Woman Spends 14 Years With Mannequin Family

You would think that a woman living with a mannequin family has got to be some sort of weirdo. Contrary to that expectation, Suzanne Heintz comes across as fairly normal. As normal as an artist can be, that is. Suzanne is an art director at Starz Entertainment Group in Englewood, Colorado. Every day for the past 14 years, she […]

Dark Japan Revealed In Film About Internet Cafe Living

Some of the Internet cafes are also called “manga kissa,” because they specialize in serving as manga (comic books/graphic novels) reading spots (the name is short for manga “kissaten,” which means cafe in Japanese).

Guy Crashed Elite College Courses for Four Years, Never Got Caught

Guillaume Dumas, a 28-year-old Canadian entrepreneur, got his higher education for free, he crashed courses at ivy league colleges across America, for four years. Dumas, who hails from Quebec, said that he first started campus hopping because it was fun. His parents didn’t even want him to attend college. “My mother got it in her […]

Chinese Company Builds 57-Storey Skyscraper in Record 19 Days 

A construction company in China has managed to erect a 57-storey skyscraper in a record 19 days, using prefabricated modules and assembling them on site. The company’s original proposal for the site was actually a 97-storey building that would have been the world’s largest skyscraper. But just after 20 stories were completed, construction work was […]

Pseudis Paradoxa – The Paradoxical Frog That Shrinks as It Grows

Pseudis Paradoxa, or paradoxical frog, is one of the most curious creatures in the world. It grows into giant 11-inch tadpoles and shrinks to 2.5 inches as it matures. The Pseudis Paradoxa is the Benjamin Button equivalent of the amphibian world. The paradoxical creature starts off as a 25-cm-long tadpole and shrinks as it grows. […]

You Think Taxes Are Bad? They Were Heavier in Ancient Egypt

Tax day is never fun, but you can take solace in a new finding: A recently translated ancient Egyptian tax receipt shows a bill that is literally heavier than any American taxpayer will pay this year — more than 220 pounds (100 kilograms) of coins. Written in Greek on a piece of pottery, the receipt states […]