Friday the 13th: why is it unlucky and other facts about the worst day in the calendar Friday the 13th, considered by many as one of the unluckiest days of the year, is almost here again.
If you are worried about what’s in store this time, then you’re not alone. Psychologists have even come up with a word for how you’re feeling – paraskavedekatriaphobia, or fear of Friday the 13th.
Astronomers: Multiple Cosmic Collisions May Have Created Our Moon It looks so tranquil up there. So still. But we know space is neither tranquil nor still. Our own Moon is no exception. New research suggests the Moon was the product of some very, very violent moshing: Around 4.5 billion years ago, a rowdy gang of stellar objects smashed into our young planet, creating the debris that would one day become the Moon. The astronomers published their report in the journal Nature Geoscience.
Mysterious Stone Instruments Keep Being Discovered in Vietnam In April of 2015, farmer Pham Dinh Huyen of Quang Binh, Vietnam set to work on his new fishpond. He had barely started digging when his shovel hit a rock. He pried it out and put it aside, but then he hit another, and another. Eventually, he had 20—large, oblong slabs of various sizes, some of them pointed at the ends.
That’s No Alien Megastructure, It’s a Star Consuming a Planet Last year Tabetha Boyajian, an astronomer now working at Louisiana State University, published a paper about a star that had something strange blocking its light. The Kepler telescope had captured the star’s light in a pattern of flux that had no obvious explanation; Boyajian looked for one until she convinced herself that the star was “truly something that is unique,” she told Atlas Obscura.
Logan Director Shares Glimpse at Scoring Session In a year packed to the brim with exciting and unique superhero movies, it’s almost unexpected that the first film of the bunch to make its debut in 2017, is also one of, if not the, most anticipated out of them all. Director James Mangold’s Logan has garnered the kind of hype that most movie studios would pay a lot of money for, and the truly magnificent part of it all, is that the film has done it by releasing just one theatrical trailer, and a whole lot of moody, gorgeous images. Known widely for being Hugh Jackman’s last film as Logan/Wolverine, Logan‘s shaping up to be the somber, dramatic character piece that Jackman’s performance deserves to have as a send-off; though not many likely thought would something like it would actually get made.
Football Physics: Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers Got Tips from Astronaut Mark Kelly Advice from an astronaut might have helped Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers perfect his Hail Mary technique.
HARRY POTTER THEMED PASTA RESTAURANT APPARATES INTO NEW YORK Do you find terrible food puns delicious? Do you boil over with excitement for anything related to the Boy Who Lived? Well then this news is gonna macaroni your whole day, because a Harry Potter themed pasta restaurant has apparated into New York.
How Rogue One Brought Back Peter Cushing As Grand Moff Tarkin Through the magic of motion-capture technology, the 1977 Peter Cushing from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope was brought back to life in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Though it was only featuring the likeness of Cushing, who died in 1994, another actor was brought in to “act” as Imperial Grand Moff Tarkin’s stand-in. Enter: Guy Henry, best known for his work on the BBC and in classical theater, who would inhabit the boots (so to speak) of Cushing during the duration of his screentime in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Mysterious Light Pillars Captured in Stunning Photos “It looked like someone from Star Trek was trying to beam people up,” Elzinga told CBC News. “It was very bright in person, like nothing I’ve ever seen. It almost seemed supernatural.”
The Heart of What Was Lost by Tad Williams The Storm King has been defeated, his army of Norns driven off and peace returned to the lands of Osten Ard. King Seoman and Queen Miriamele have taken the throne in the Hayholt and a new age of peace beckons. But for Duke Isgrimnur of Rimmersgard the war is not entirely over. Along with the famed warrior Sludig, Isgrimnur has been given command of an army with orders to pursue the fleeing Norns back to Stormspike and ensure they are destroyed forever.
HBO’s ‘The Young Pope’ hasn’t got a prayer As quirky and eccentric as its title character, “The Young Pope” is an odd duck, starring Jude Law as the first American pontiff. If the goal is to join the ranks of prestige HBO dramas, this 10-part show hasn’t got a prayer.