Sorry folks, but I’m sick as a dog today, so the Brain Game is a bit beyond me right now as I’m too fuzzy to focus. I’ll do my best to return tomorrow, or perhaps later in the week. I hope you all had a nice Valentine’s... READ ON
It’s nice that my oldest son is now at an age where his attention span allows for sitting him down in front of a children’s movie with the fair expectation that he will actually watch it.
This is especially nice because I can now show him the brilliant work of the Pixar studio – and pretend that I’m playing them solely for him. In reality, I was a huge fan of their short and feature-length films long before he arrived on the scene. So, I really enjoyed this behind the scenes look at the Pixar... READ ON
Albert Einstein spent the summer of 1939 vacationing at the beach. His quest for a sundial led to the later notoriety of a picture taken that summer.
Baba Yetu is the first song specifically written for a video to ever win a Grammy. But who needs the video game when you can just listen to the music?
The game Cheese or Font? gives you a word, and you decide whether it’s a cheese or font. How hard could this be? Surprise! There are way more of both in the world than I realized.
15 Things Kurt... READ ON
Do you have a puppy? Do you have a hat? We’d love to feature your dog (all dogs are puppies at heart, right?) in an upcoming “Puppies Wearing Hats Eating Bacon Sharing Facts” post. If you provide the puppy wearing a hat, we’ll provide the badly-Photoshopped bacon. Send your pics our way! This could be your pooch:
Can’t wait to see your stylish... READ ON
For the most part, the Best New Artist award has gone to people and bands that are still relevant (or at least known) today. Bette Midler won in 1974, Sade was the newcomer in 1986, Mariah Carey won in 1991, and a little band called the Beatles won in 1965. But it’s not necessarily an award that artists want to win – a handful of the winners lauded as the next big thing… well, weren’t. They slowly fizzled out at best or were one hit wonders at worst. Here are a few of those... READ ON
Welcome to the Monday Math Square, designed to get your noggin in gear to start the week. Enjoy!
NOTE: I made an error in an earlier version of this math square (completely my fault) but it has since been corrected. Apologies to anyone who spent time trying to solve an unsolvable puzzle. I’ll remain in the corner until I’ve learned my lesson.
The nine white squares inside the main red grid should be filled with the digits 1 through 9. Each digit should appear only once in this main grid (the red... READ ON
The Secrets Behind Your Flowers. Did your valentine bouquet do its part to supplant the cocaine trade in South America?
Tongue Wrestle Mania: The Art and Science of French Kissing. Don’t be one of the many kinds of kissers that could drive your kissee away!
National Geographic has assembled their online archives on Egypt into one index. You can brush up on what ancient artifacts tell us about Egyptian history and how they have been impacted by the revolution.
Back to the Future. Argentine... READ ON
Colorful flowers and expensive jewelry are nice. But nothing says true love like heart-warming sentiments conveyed in a fraction of a square-inch on a piece of candy.
This year, when you give your sweetheart a big box of everyone’s favorite chalk-like messaged confections, you can also dazzle him or her with some nifty knowledge of their history thanks to Smithsonian Magazine. Here’s an amusing anecdote about the candy hearts’ early days:
The treats became popular at weddings and were considerably... READ ON
At the Wife Carrying World Championships in Finland, first prize is the wife’s weight in beer.