NPR Diversions http://www.kplu.org en The Rubik's Cube that will trip up your mind http://www.kplu.org/post/rubiks-cube-will-trip-your-mind <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBNHPk-Lnkk</p> Thu, 29 Nov 2012 19:16:01 +0000 Robert Krulwich 7235 at http://www.kplu.org The Rubik's Cube that will trip up your mind VIDEO: High dives into 'world's biggest pile of leaves' http://www.kplu.org/post/video-high-dives-worlds-biggest-pile-leaves <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-U6Zy2dHjg</p> Mon, 26 Nov 2012 16:12:46 +0000 Mark Memmott 7194 at http://www.kplu.org VIDEO: High dives into 'world's biggest pile of leaves' Finally solved: Finnish underwater ice fishing mystery http://www.kplu.org/post/finally-solved-finnish-underwater-ice-fishing-mystery <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIs00QjiJZQ</p> Sat, 10 Nov 2012 17:20:46 +0000 Robert Krulwich 7078 at http://www.kplu.org Finally solved: Finnish underwater ice fishing mystery A day later, the space jump guy is OK, but how about the rest of us? http://www.kplu.org/post/day-later-space-jump-guy-ok-how-about-rest-us <p>More than 7 million people were watching as Felix Baumgartner sat at the edge of his space capsule yesterday 24 miles off the ground and got ready to jump, in what was known as the "Red Bull Stratos" project, better known as the "space jump."</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FHtvDA0W34I</p><p> Mon, 15 Oct 2012 18:06:45 +0000 Linda Holmes 6717 at http://www.kplu.org A day later, the space jump guy is OK, but how about the rest of us? Update: Skydiver cancels try at supersonic jump http://www.kplu.org/post/update-skydiver-cancels-try-supersonic-jump <p>ROSWELL, N.M. ­– Extreme athlete and skydiver Felix Baumgartner has canceled his planned death-defying 23-mile free fall into the New Mexico desert because of high winds.</p><p> Tue, 09 Oct 2012 17:28:30 +0000 The Associated Press 6651 at http://www.kplu.org Update: Skydiver cancels try at supersonic jump Would you skydive from 22 miles Up? Felix Baumgartner would/will http://www.kplu.org/post/would-you-skydive-22-miles-felix-baumgartner-wouldwill On Oct. 8, Felix Baumgartner is going to strap himself into a specially pressurized capsule, ascend 120,000 feet into the air above New Mexico using a helium balloon, open the door - and jump out.<p>Don't worry, he's been practicing.<p>Baumgartner wants to set the world record for the highest skydive ever performed, at more than 22 miles above the Earth's surface. Essentially, he's jumping from the stratosphere. Wed, 26 Sep 2012 14:24:14 +0000 Korva Coleman 6481 at http://www.kplu.org Would you skydive from 22 miles Up? Felix Baumgartner would/will The picture of Joe Biden you have to see http://www.kplu.org/post/picture-joe-biden-you-have-see This past weekend was an odd one on the campaign trail. Mon, 10 Sep 2012 17:51:07 +0000 6263 at http://www.kplu.org The picture of Joe Biden you have to see An 'amusing' set of 19th century riddles http://www.kplu.org/post/amusing-set-19th-century-riddles <strong>On-air challenge: </strong>Answer riddles from <em>The Amusing Puzzle Book</em>, published circa the 1840s:<p><ul><p><li>I know a word of letters three, add two, and fewer there will be.</li><p><li>Without a bridle or a saddle, across a thing I ride astraddle. And those I ride, by help of me, though almost blind, are made to see.</li><p><li>What is that which has been tomorrow and will be yesterday?</li><p><li>Clothed in yellow, red and green, I prate before the king and queen. Sun, 02 Sep 2012 15:16:36 +0000 Will Shortz 6176 at http://www.kplu.org An 'amusing' set of 19th century riddles Today's Distraction: A Moment Of Cute With Cheetah Cubs http://www.kplu.org/post/moment-cute-cheetah-cubs Sometimes we all need a break from the serious news. There's no better way to accomplish that today than to tell you that two cheetah cubs are making their public debut at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C.<p><a href="http://nationalzoo.si.edu/Animals/AfricanSavanna/News/cheetahcubs2012.cfm">As the National Zoo reports</a>, their journey is an improbable one. They were born April 23 by c-section and were abandoned by their mother. Tue, 24 Jul 2012 23:42:24 +0000 5703 at http://www.kplu.org Today's Distraction: A Moment Of Cute With Cheetah Cubs This image is not photoshopped http://www.kplu.org/post/image-not-photoshopped This photo looks like two images stitched together; above is a normal forest, and below, a strange, Martian one. But it's a single image from a single place and time — the hills of western Hungary, six months after <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=130348994">a devastating industrial accident</a>.<p>In late 2010, the waste reservoir of a Hungarian aluminum oxide plant burst, releasing millions and millions of gallons of caustic red sludge. Thu, 19 Jul 2012 16:12:39 +0000 5643 at http://www.kplu.org This image is not photoshopped Five Men Agree To Stand Directly Under An Exploding Nuclear Bomb http://www.kplu.org/post/five-men-agree-stand-directly-under-exploding-nuclear-bomb <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlE1BdOAfVc</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_nLNcEbIC8</p> Tue, 17 Jul 2012 14:50:45 +0000 Robert Krulwich 5615 at http://www.kplu.org Five Men Agree To Stand Directly Under An Exploding Nuclear Bomb Woman On Street Attacked By Giant Snail, It Seems http://www.kplu.org/post/woman-street-attacked-giant-snail-3d <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Mo-TFkukuM</p> Tue, 10 Jul 2012 21:31:47 +0000 Robert Krulwich 5563 at http://www.kplu.org Woman On Street Attacked By Giant Snail, It Seems KABOOM! San Diego's Entire Fireworks Show Ignites At Once http://www.kplu.org/post/kaboom-san-diegos-entire-fireworks-show-ignites-once <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JuJHfkXEI-o</p> Thu, 05 Jul 2012 14:25:39 +0000 Mark Memmott 5505 at http://www.kplu.org KABOOM! San Diego's Entire Fireworks Show Ignites At Once Sure it's sunny there, but great white sharks seen off Atlantic, Pacific beaches http://www.kplu.org/post/sure-its-sunny-there-great-white-sharks-seen-atlantic-pacific-beaches <p>Maybe you&#39;re planning your summer vacation and want something totally impractical to worry about (just to keep your mind off of real problems ... like money, say). And, we&#39;ve still got more than a month to go to Discovery Channel&#39;s &#39;Shark Week&#39;, but ...</p><p>Great white sharks have been seen off the coast of Cape Cod, Mass; and on e off the coast near San Diego.</p><p> Tue, 03 Jul 2012 20:04:17 +0000 Korva Coleman 5486 at http://www.kplu.org Sure it's sunny there, but great white sharks seen off Atlantic, Pacific beaches Fans Restore Luke Skywalker's Boyhood Home http://www.kplu.org/post/fans-save-luke-skywalkers-tunisia-home-star-wars Mark Dermul is a serious <em>Star Wars</em> fan. He was just 7 years old in 1977 when the original movie hit the theaters. As soon as the huge Star Destroyer flew across the opening scene, he was hooked.<p>"It hasn't left me," he says. At 42, Dermul now guides tours throughout North Africa, visiting sites that were featured in the blockbuster films.<p>On one 2010 trip back to planet Tatooine — OK, Tunisia — he and his tour group noticed that Luke Skywalker's boyhood home was decaying. Sun, 01 Jul 2012 17:54:02 +0000 Laura Sullivan 5461 at http://www.kplu.org Fans Restore Luke Skywalker's Boyhood Home