The Origins of 7 Department Store Chains

Ethan Trex

You can't set foot in a mall without hearing one of their names, but the stories behind the men and women who founded department stores aren't often part of our food court conversations.

Rainbows in Extreme Storms

Jill Harness

We may be used to seeing rainbows during drizzles, but rainbows paired with lightening or tornadoes are a whole different story.

The Sherlock Holmes Handbook: How to Fake Your Own Death

Ransom Riggs

All week I'll be posting excerpts from my new book, The Sherlock Holmes Handbook, available at Amazon and at bookstores everywhere.

Brain Game: R.I.P. Pluto

The astronomy instructor offered to give extra credit to eight students - Jack, Jane, Jeff, Jess, Jill, Jodi, John, and Judy - if they'd help the rest of the class learn about the Solar System

Morning Cup of Links: Ghost Ships

Miss Cellania

Norman Rockwell: The Original King of the Photoshop.

The Late Movies: the Many Faces of Sherlock Holmes

Ransom Riggs

One of pop culture's most beloved characters -- and some say the most famous fictional character of all time -- Sherlock Holmes has been portrayed on screens both large and small by dozens of men

All About Anne (of Green Gables)

Linda Rodriguez McRobbie

Last year marked the 100th anniversary of the publication of Anne of Green Gables, Lucy Maud Montgomery's first book about Anne, the redheaded orphan of Canada's Prince Edward Island, and he

Klinginem - Rapping Eminem Songs in Klingon (Seriously)

Chris Higgins

So here's a guy who goes by the name Klinginem, rapping the Eminem jam "Without Me" in Klingon (I'm sorry, tlhIngan Hol for you native speakers).

Help eradicate hunger, win prizes!

David K. Israel

Everyone knows that hunger is a big problem world-wide. But did you know right here in the U.S. we've got our own serious problem?

When Art Imitates Toys

Jill Harness

Artist Adam Beane uses his big talent on a small scale. He makes action-figure sized creations of real-life people.

Dyson Air Multiplier

Miss Cellania

Dyson calls it an "air multiplier", but everywhere you see this, it's called a bladeless fan. A fan with no blades? Where does the air come from?

Brain Game: Really, Really Bad Rebus #14

It's been a while (not long enough for some) since we've done a Really, Really Bad Rebus for the Brain Game, so enjoy this one.

The Sherlock Holmes Handbook: Opium Dens and Narcotics in the Victorian Era

Ransom Riggs

It's been well over a century since the first Sherlock Holmes adventure was published, and yet the master detective remains as popular as ever; witness the upcoming release of Holmes, starring Ro

Morning Cup of Links: Internet Laws

Miss Cellania

Ze Frank tells the history of Afghanistan in three minutes. Just an overview, but more than most Americans know about a country we're fighting in. * The Top Ten Internet Rules and Laws.

Wolfgang's Vault

David K. Israel

Like live music? Of course you do. Know where to listen to thousands of legal concerts for free?