Sometimes there's nothing more apt or consoling than a monstrous clichÃ©. So, uh, life is like a roller... READ ON
There's just something about a man who's not afraid to take his facial hair to the next level. Reggie Jackson, John Oates, G. Gordon, Mr. Monopoly, the Selleck--all such mustachioed legends. This fall, members of Beard Team USA will travel to the UK to compete at the World Beard and Moustache championships. It's not too late to get on board--according to their site, Beard Team USA is currently recruiting:
The team is actively recruiting new members in the hope of fielding the strongest possible squad for... READ ON
Spring's here, and if you're already shooting here-we-go-again looks at your middling liquor cabinet, perhaps it's time to change things up a bit at your next gathering. True, Trader Joe's does have the best deals on drinkable sake, but it gets rather old floating your friends' drinks with lemon wedges and cucumber slices, no? Wouldn't it be more exhilarating for your guests to hold their drinks up to the light only to find a finely coiled habu snake at the bottom? Habus are pit vipers found throughout... READ ON
On this day in 1822, the regal (and rather woeful) face that stares you down from your fifty-dollar bills--Hiram (after his granddad) Ulysses Grant--was born in Point Pleasant, OH. The future Union powerhouse and 18th U.S president suffered the childhood nickname "Useless"--sloughing it off when he enrolled in West Point at seventeen, where he proved a peerless horseman (a skill that earned him some notoriety later in life when he was ticketed $20 for driving his horse too fast). After serving as a... READ ON
Caitlin Berrigan is an artist who's been receiving a lot of attention for a series called "Sentimental Objects in Attempts to Befriend a Virus." In one part of the series, "Viral Confections," she cast chocolate truffles from a mold of a hepatitis C virus (pictured). Caitlin contracted the virus during a blood transfusion she received when she was an infant. On her site she explains:
These designer chocolates illustrate the inventive protein structure of the hepatitis C virus. A plaster model of the virus... READ ON
Whenever myÂ parentsÂ are stressed,Â they'll head to the shooting range. My cousins will throw darts, and my brother and sister will lean their anxiety into endless rounds of World of Warcraft. I'd love to be able to say I shoot marbles into simulated lunar soil at 16k mph, like NASA scientist Bill Cooke, but I don't. Not yet, at least.
"We are simulating meteoroid impacts with the lunar surface," he explains. Cooke and others in the Space Environments Group at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center... READ ON
The next time you're drinking Campari, or certain kinds of fruit juices (cranberry, grapefruit, et al.), give some props to the cochineal bug.Â (And not, as some urban legends attest,... READ ON
When I wasÂ growing up, goldfish were the ultimate contraband. The easy-access packaging (a Ziplock bag, usually) was too tantalizing, and my mother was oftenÂ too exhaustedÂ to resist our solicitations. But few were the hours before my sister was crouched over the fishbowl, gingerly lifting the doomed thing out of its habitat and into herÂ Fritos-stained hands--"I'mÂ petting him!"Â The ones that weren't tortured this way were usually belly-up within weeks; however, if we'd been aware that many... READ ON
I've always secretly wanted to drive truck for a brief stint--or hey, maybe cabs. Reading all that Daniel HandlerÂ (while listening to Prince's "Lady Cab Driver")Â has romanticized the notion of the female cabbie for me. But I might want to keep those inclinations stateside, or at least just out of China. According to a recent "self-improvement list" issued by the Beijing Transportation Management Bureau in preparation for the '08 Olympic Games, cabbies must now adhere to stricter personal appearance... READ ON
I was recentlyÂ listening to anÂ interview with writer and historian Jennifer Price, and I was interested to hear her say that the current ratio in the U.S.Â for lawn ornament flamingos to real ones is 700 to... READ ON
TASER is an acronym for Thomas A. Swift's Electric Rifle.