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Why Do We Love Fish and Chips? A Brief History of Britain’s National Dish

Humans have been eating fish and potatoes for millions of years, that much we know. But when was it decided that to be best served the two elements had to be soaked in batter and fried? Someone has declared today National Fish and Chips Day -- it must be, there's a hashtag being mentioned by Sainsbury's and The National Federation of Fish Friers -- so let's find out who first had the idea of making healthy things slightly less healthy yet substantially tastier by dunking them in oil. Read More >>

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Why Do We Turn Back Our Clocks For Winter?

In the UK, we have a man called William Willett to blame for the endless (well, twice a year) fiddling of our clocks, as it was Willett who convinced some MPs in the early 1900s that it might be a good idea to shift the day about to make better use of the seasonal changes in day length. Read More >>

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Why There Are 24 Hours in a Day

We live in a base-10 world. The decimal system governs everything from the binary functions of computers to the amount of change you get when you buy a Mashed Potato Slurpee. So why isn't the standard Earth day just 10 hours long? Credit the Egyptians for that one. Read More >>

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What the Hell Is a Leap Year and Why Do We Get an Extra Day Tomorrow?

Have you ever wondered why we have to have an extra day every four years? It seems baffling that we just shoehorn another 24-hours into February, but as CGP Grey so eloquently explains it’s all to do with trying to balance an imperfect calendar, something the Universe just won’t let us do. Read More >>

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Amazing Timelapse of 30-Story Building Constructed In Only 360 Hours

Gizmodo reader Xian Min Zhang just sent me this impressive timelapse video from his company's latest project: a 30-story tall, 183,000-square-foot hotel built in just 360 hours. Just 15 days! I kept watching it in disbelief. Read More >>