Category Archives: Popular Culture

Did Homer Simpson Solve Fermat’s Last Theorem?

In an episode of The Simpson’s called The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace, Homer appears to write a valid solution to defeat Fermat’s Last Theorem on a blackboard. But given that Fermat’s last theorem is proven, is it real? Well, obviously not–but in this video mathematician and author Simon Singh explains why he wasn’t actually too… Read More »

Elton John: “I’m lucky to be alive after operation”

Elton John has said he is “lucky to be alive” after an operation that stopped appendicitis from killing him. The singer said his appendicitis, which was initially misdiagnosed, stopped him from performing at several concerts last summer. He told The Mail on Sunday’s Event magazine: “I’m lucky I’m still alive. I started feeling ill 14… Read More »

Ben Affleck to play Batman in next Superman movie

Rumors about who will star as the Caped Crusader in the yet-to-be-named film have been swirling ever since “Man of Steel” director Zack Snyder announced at Comic-Con last monththat the two superheroes would appear together in the sequel – their first pairing on the big screen.Affleck’s name wasn’t even on The Hollywood Reporter’s list of… Read More »

Steel yourselves, movie fanboys, for Superman/Batman

Perhaps the ultimate superhero buddy movie will be coming to theaters in the next few years, as Warner Brothers announces plans for a Superman/Batman flick. Image: The new Superman/Batman logo unveiled at San Diego Comic-Con. … Nothing quite says “tease” like reading from a mega-popular, fan-favorite comic book at the end of a movie panel.… Read More »

Practice makes perfect? Not so much

Jason Mraz, world famous performer with “perfect pitch”. €  Turns out, that old “practice makes perfect” adage may be overblown. New research led by Michigan State University’s Zach Hambrick finds that a copious amount of practice is not enough to explain why people differ in level of skill in two widely studied activities, chess and… Read More »

Divinyls singer Chrissy Amphlett dies at 53

Australian rocker Chrissy Amphlett, the Divinyls lead singer whose group scored an international hit with the sexually charged “I Touch Myself” in the early 1990s, died Sunday after a battle with breast cancer and multiple sclerosis, her husband said. She was 53. “Chrissy’s light burns so very brightly,” her husband, former Divinyls drummer Charley Drayton,… Read More »

Congressman says ‘Lincoln’ depicts Connecticut vote erroneously

Watching the movie “Lincoln” on Saturday, Rep. Joe Courtney was perplexed during the climactic scene. Two of his predecessors from nearly 150 years ago, lawmakers representing the state of Connecticut in 1865, are seen voting against the constitutional amendment to end slavery. Courtney asked the Congressional Research Service for the records, and sure enough, all… Read More »

Dear Abby columnist dead at 94

Pauline Friedman Phillips who, under the name Abigail Van Buren, wrote the long-running “Dear Abby” advice column followed by millions of newspaper readers throughout the world, has died. She was 94. Publicist Gene Willis of Universal Uclick said Phillips died Wednesday after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Phillips’ column competed for decades with the… Read More »