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While “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” ruled at our box office “Cloudy with a Chance of Falafel” reigned in Israel. This got us thinking: What movie titles didn’t have such artful equivalents?

Lost In Translation: The Funniest Foreign Titles Of American Films

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First, the chess board once lacked a queen altogether: in India, Persia and the Arab crescent, early chess included only male figures, the closest thing to the queen being the “vizier.” Yalom argues…

The Duck of Minerva: "In Chess, Why is the Queen More Powerful Than the King?"

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Moreover, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s mother is a Seyyede. This is a title given to women whose family are believed to be direct bloodline descendants of Prophet Muhammad. Male members are given the…

The Daily Dish | By Andrew Sullivan

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That said, I am surprised you did not highlight what me andmy colleagues agreed was the single most horrifying passage from the Court’sdecision.  It was the Court’s quotation of something an…

The Daily Dish | By Andrew Sullivan

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Seven. Someone from technical support is going to call me back within “8 business hours”

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Researchers at the University of Utah say that the way radiosignals vary in a wireless network can reveal the movement of peoplebehind closed doors. Joey Wilson and Neal Patwari have developed…

Technology Review: Blogs: arXiv blog: Wireless network modded to see through walls