A Telephone Explains the Meaning of Life

Chris Higgins

Reporter Joshua Topolsky at This is My Next decided to ask the new iPhone's voice assistant some unusual questions.

A Tree Grows in Los Angeles

David K. Israel

This is a double post, rolled into one. What I mean is, first I'm going to announce the winner of the Boss box contest and then I'm going to launch a new contest with another cool prize.

The Late Movies: Guess The Theme XXV

Mark Arminio

It's Thursday, it's late, it's time for GUESS THE THEME! All the clips below have something in common. Leave you best guesses in the comments.

Ten Terrific or Terrifying Treats for Halloween

Miss Cellania

All year long, we try to make food that is appetizing and pleasing to the eye. Then for Halloween, we reverse that and serve food that is ugly, scary, or otherwise appropriate for the holiday.

Brain Game: Buy a Pen, Will Ya?

Today's Brain Game Think Thursday challenge is one of my favorite old puzzles, because (for most of us) it makes you think more than you'll think you have to think.

Morning Cup of Links: Die Hardest

Miss Cellania

The challenge is to define what a "sandwich" is without running into logical exceptions.

This Guy Holds More than 100 Guinness World Records

Stacy Conradt

Trying to set the Guinness World Record for the fastest time to Hula Hoop 10k? You’re going to have to beat Ashrita Furman. Most jelly eaten in one minute, blindfolded with no hands?

The Late Movies: The Sagan Series

Chris Higgins

Reid Gower has been assembling videos featuring Carl Sagan, primarily using Sagan's narration from Pale Blue Dot and assorted documentary footage.

Is Superman a Democrat? On Politics and Superheroes

Haley Sweetland Edwards

Is Superman a Democrat? Is Batman a Republican? And more to the point, what’s up with spandex-clad superheroes dabbling in real-life politics? The short answer is it’s nothing new.

Pictures of People With Everything They Own

Jill Harness

We always hear about how materialistic Americans are, but how do we compare on a global scale—say, in contrast to a family from Kuwait or China or Mali?

The Troops Need More Coke

Chris Higgins

In this fun letter of note, the 55th Infantry Exchange at Camp MacArthur in Waco, Texas informs the Coca Cola [sic] Bottling Works about a desperate problem: the troops need more Coke.

Smart Aleck

David K. Israel

When I tell people some of the hilarious things my son Jack has done or said over his barely-four years, they often think I'm making it up. Truth is, you just can't make this stuff up.

Why Do We Call the President's Wife “First Lady”?

Stacy Conradt

We may have Zachary Taylor to thank for coining the term, but it’s a journalist who popularized it nearly 30 years later. As I’m sure many of you know, Dolley Madison was one of the most beloved fi

Brain Game: Short Spell #2

I offered our first Short Spell puzzle two weeks ago, so here's a second go-round for today's Wednesday Wordplay challenge.

Morning Cup of Links: Megavirus

Miss Cellania

The Mars Rover Opportunity has been exploring the red planet for seven years now.