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10 Lesser-Known Members of the British Royal Family

You know all the top royals—the Queen, of course, and then kings-in-waiting Princes Charles, William and George. And don’t forget the wildly popular Prince Harry, fourth in line to become king. They’re the A-listers of the royal family, and we’re fascinated by them in large part because of their proximity to the throne. If you […]

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Top Gear Thursday: James May Tackles the ‘Monty Hall Problem’

On this week’s James May’s Man Lab, James takes on game theory. Or, really, game show theory. James sets out to explain the famous “Monty Hall Problem,” the counter-intuitive probability puzzle that sprang from the show Let’s Make a Deal. As you’ll remember, host Monty Hall would tell contestants to select from three doors, behind […]

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Top Gear Thursday: James May Tries Herding Cats

The phrase “herding cats” is commonly used to describe endeavors in which leaders or managers try to organize or coordinate individuals (like felines) who are inherently unable to be coerced into any sort of group activity. So it shouldn’t surprise anyone that herding cats is exactly what James May attempts to do in next week’s […]

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Top Gear Thursday: The Stig – Won’t Dance, Can’t Make Him

“Some say he hates Morris dancers with a dark and all-consuming passion,” writes TopGear.com of, you guessed it, The Stig. “And they would appear to be right,” our overseas friends continue, “if this footage taken yesterday in London is anything to go by.” The footage is of our favorite white-suited driver arriving at a publicity […]

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Top Gear Thursday: ‘Family Guy’ Meets ‘Top Gear’

There appears to be one overarching theme for Top Gear this week, and it can be summed up in one word: cartoon. Top Gear magazine has reached across the Atlantic to the fictional town of Quahog, Rhode Island to interview Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane in character as Peter Griffin, the star of the animated […]

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Top Gear Thursday: Adele Dreams of Being Star in a Reasonably Priced Car

So you’re a celebrity superstar, and you don’t know how to drive—what’s your biggest motivation to learn? Chances are, you don’t drive yourself to work, and you probably have drivers for all sorts of other mundane tasks that the rest of us perform ourselves. But here’s something the rest of us non-celebrities can’t use our […]

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Top Gear Thursday: ‘Rush’ to Your Local Movie Theater

If you saw the movie Rush in one of the “select cities” it opened in last weekend, or if you’re going to see it when it enters wide release this weekend, you’ll likely want to know more about the true life rivalry of Formula 1 racers James Hunt and Niki Lauda. The Ron Howard-directed film […]

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