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Disruptive Decades: Technologies that revolutionised the 1920s

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In 1928, Otto Frederick Rohwedder gave the world the invention that all future inventions would be cheekily compared to: sliced bread. His revolutionary bread-slicing machine made such an impact that it inspired the popular idiom “the best thing since sliced bread”, which we still use even today. Despite the idiom, we aren’t quite as impressed these days by sliced bread — however, it’s still an apt example of the many inventions that not only defined one of the 20th century’s most dynamic decades but revolutionised the world.

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Donald Trump’s face is being added to ‘Calvin and Hobbes’ cartoons and it’s comic genius

What do a ranting cartoon 6-year-old and Donald Trump have in common?

According to the creative redditors over at /r/DonaldandHobbes, plenty! The premise is simple: they find original Calvin and Hobbes strips in which Calvin goes off on one of his famous power-hungry tangents, and superimpose Trump’s head. The cut and paste jobs might not be seamless, but the dialogue is a disturbingly good fit — the childish imaginings of Calvin as said by Trump could easily be mistaken for the real thing.

We’ve rounded up a few of our favorites, so scroll down and have a laugh. Just keep in mind this bit of advice from the subreddit moderators: “Have fun and try not to think worse of Calvin. He’s only six. Trump’s going on 70 and still hasn’t grown up.”

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How the British really react to a royal birth explained in one simple diagram

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If you base your view of the British on their media you’ll doubtless think that they have a long and enduring love affair with their royal family. Take the latest royal birth. At the time of writing, the latest addition to their clan has only been around for a few hours, yet already she is the subject an explosion of sycophantic media adoration. But the British people themselves actually have a far more practical relationship with their Greco-German overlords. To help better understand it, the wonderfully talented Angry Flat Cap has created this simple diagram. Prepare to have your preconceptions shattered, flow chart style.

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21 boredom-busting websites that will entertain you forever

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Bored with the same old websites? Looking for a few new corners of the Internet to get you fired up with enthusiasm? Well, you’re in luck. Here at Ink Tank, we get a kick out of unearthing and then sharing the best of the web, from sites that make you smarter to those that are downright wonderfully weird. So whether you’re looking for silly games or something more useful, we’ve got you covered. To see for yourself, check out 21 of our favorite entertaining websites — just remember you’ll eventually have to go outside again. For even more internet entertainment, here are 11 more of our favorite sites perfect for procrastination.

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25 TED Talks that will immediately change how you see the world

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Mahatma Gandhi once said, “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” If this sounds like a philosophy you can relate to, then you’ll love TED talks. These informational 17 minute presentations are given at annual conferences by some of the world’s greatest thinkers.

Their aim is simple: To inspire ideas and change attitudes around the world. As of April 2014, there were over 1,700 of these incredible talks available free online to choose from. Sadly, listening to them all would take 20 days solid. Happily, you don’t have to because we’ve picked the most life changing for you. Listen and learn and enjoy.

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Folk of Genius: The 5 most unusual habits of Jack Kerouac

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For many people today, The “father of the Beat Generation” Jack Kerouac epitomizes the romance of the open road and the passion of mad wanderings. He has become an icon of wanderlust, a role model for those that wish to emulate his life of spontaneity and perpetual restlessness, moving from one city to another, one woman to another.

In reality, Kerouac was an intensely complicated man, filled with contradictions. Let’s take a look at five unique habits of Kerouac that just might shatter some of your preconceived illusions about the mythical author.

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17 wonderfully weird websites you should bookmark right now

In 2012, it’s estimated the internet hosted an incredible 634 million websites. Even if you checked out a thousand a day, it would still take you over 1700 years to visit them all. But happily, you don’t need to live over 200 lifetimes to discover the Web’s most wonderfully weird websites. Why? Because we’ve done it for you. So, sit back, and prepare to be wowed. If you’re craving even more weirdness, take a look at our collection of the most entertaining websites — but only if you have a few hours to spare.

1. eelslap.com

 The most fun you’ll ever have with an eel and a mouse. Guaranteed.

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40 websites that’ll make you cleverer right now

The indexed web contains an incredible 14 billion pages. But only a tiny fraction help you improve your brain power. Here are 40 of the best.

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whizzpast.com – Learn about our awe inspiring past all in one wonderful place.

khanacademy.org – Watch thousands of micro-lectures on topics ranging from history and medicine to chemistry and computer science.

freerice.com – Help end world hunger by correctly answering multiple-choice quizzes on a wide variety of subjects.

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5 atheist authors who changed history

Writers: rebels, iconoclasts, spit-in-the-face-of-authority naysayers, the lot of ’em! Well, that’s something of an exaggeration. But many of the world’s most famous authors have been deep and critical thinkers, unafraid to question their society’s staple beliefs, and one of those staple beliefs has often been religion. In their works, the writers we’ve selected below have chipped away at, battered and even blown up the edifice of religion to such an extent that their books have had a huge impact on our cultural and political history. Introducing…

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