In Tokyo, the President found ASIMO “a little scary.” (Carolyn Kaster/AP)

“Yeah, laugh it up, but this is how Skynet learns we are weak.”

@poniewozik reacts to President Barack Obama’s encounter Thursday with a 55-inch-tall humanoid robot named ASIMO during a tour of Tokyo’s National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation. Obama bowed to the robot when first meeting it, above, blocked a pass when ASIMO kicked him a soccer ball and watched the robot hop. “I have to say the robots were a little scary,” Obama said afterward. “They were too life-like.”


“If you want more Instagram likes, don’t take photos of spatulas, golf carts, or space heaters.”

Adrianne Jeffries at summarizes findings of an algorithm written by MIT Ph.D. candidate Aditya Khosla that crunched more than 2.3 million Flickr photos to determine what makes a photo popular online. A rudimentary form of the tool is available for anyone to use at Things that prove popular: pictures of miniskirts, bright colors and/or people.


“Sounds like this will be more comedy-based than horror-based … either way it’s probably going to be completely bonkers.”

Meredith Woerner at reports updates on the “Goosebumps” movie, slated for a March 2016 release: Jack Black will play original “Goosebumps” author R.L. Stine, above, Stine himself will have a role in the movie and the film will include all of the monsters of the classic book series.


“It’s a dumb novelty that is meant to trick customers into believing that their old, swivel-free razors are outmoded, and that they should pony up for the new model. And what’s worse is that it will probably work.

Kevin Roose at finds Gillette’s forthcoming ProGlide FlexBall razor — which will shave hairs 23 microns shorter, according to marketing materials obtained by The Wall Street Journal — an example of the modern dearth of American ingenuity. It’s especially bad when you consider Gillette’s parent company, Procter & Gamble, has revolutionary innovations such as laundry detergent under its belt.


“The town I live in, Oella, Md., was reliant on outhouses until 1984. And it’s smack in the middle of the Acela corridor, between Baltimore and Washington.”

Christopher Ingraham at doesn’t have a hard time believing that nearly 630,000 U.S. households lack complete plumbing facilities, according to a stat from the American Community Survey, which means they are without one or more of the following: a toilet, a tub or shower, or running water.