When the founders of Blue Man Group decided to get bald and blue, they had no idea that shooting goo out of their chests and teaching fractal geometry would turn into two decades of fun and a multimillion-dollar show business enterprise. Today an average of 60,000 people a week attend Blue Man Group performances in six cities around the world -- not including the touring shows -- at an average ticket price of $59, or roughly $3.54 million in revenue a week from sellouts. Co-founders Matt Goldman, 51, Phil Stanton, 52, and Chris Wink, 51, continue to write and produce the shows, perform for special events -- and have no thoughts of retiring. Their story:
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Stars crowd together into galaxies, galaxies assemble into clusters, and clusters amass to form superclusters. Astronomers, probing ever-larger volumes of the cosmos, have been surprised again and again to find matter clustering on ever-larger scales. This Russian-nesting-doll-like distribution of matter has led them to wonder whether the universe is a fractal: a mathematical object that looks the same at any scale, whether you zoom in or out.
LEGO fans: start making movies with your superhero LEGO sets and your iOS device with the help of LEGO Super Hero Movie Maker, an app that lets you create stop-motion movies. Itís followed in todayís Fresh iPhone Apps list by TeleTweet, an app that lets you use Morse code to send updates to Twitter. Strategy title DOFUS: Battles 2 kicks off the dayís games, followed by mathy puzzler Trees of Life, in which users have to create fractal trees carefully in order to score points and climb the gameís leaderboards.
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