The Height Gap


The Height Gap


Morning Cup of Links: DIY Eugenics

Miss Cellania

A beloved and successful racehorse dies under mysterious circumstances. After 78 years, science finds that it was, indeed, equicide. * Moonage Daydream: The Rock Album as Science Fiction.

My Favorite Planet is Named After A Child-Eating Cannibal

Ransom Riggs

I was unaware of the dark side of the myth of Saturn (AKA Titan Chronus in Greek mythology) until I ran across a post on Atlas Obscura about a disturbing fountain in the middle of Bern, Switzerland.

The Late Movies: Complaint Choirs

Chris Higgins

A "Complaints Choir" is a community project in which people sing their complaints, generally about local issues -- transit, weather, and politics seem to make it into every choir's song

Buy Your (Potential) Dream Home

Colin Patrick

As a child I often imagined my dream home and what sorts of mind-blowingly sweet (not a word I use now) amenities it would feature.

Got Talent?

David K. Israel

Can you lick your elbow? Can you belch a Lady Gaga song or juggle forks while doing acrobatics?

Happy Belated Captain Picard Day!

Chris Higgins

I'm embarrassed to admit that I missed this year's Captain Picard Day -- it was one week ago today, on June 16.

Wednesday Words: the origins of some well-known words and phrases

David K. Israel

I once had the good fortune of visiting with Lauren Bacall in her apartment in NYC.

Our Favorite Vampires

Miss Cellania

To celebrate our new "Team Edvard" shirt, we're re-running some of our favorite vampire stories this week.

A Brief and Incomplete Scouting Report on Algeria

Ethan Trex

With the U.S.-Algeria World Cup clash looming, we thought we'd take a few minutes to find some interesting facts about the North African nation.

At the Libraries: Your Weekly Round-Up

Miss Kathleen

Every Wednesday, Miss Kathleen provides links to a variety of things happening at libraries across the country. If there's something fun going on in your local library this week, leave us a

Brain Game: Glorious Rug Pies

Here are 12 anagrams with related solutions. If you solve one or two of them, you'll learn the theme, and the rest will likely come easier.

Morning Cup of Links: Smelling in Stereo

Miss Cellania

The Great Escape from Slavery of Ellen and William Craft. This took guts: the married couple snuck away in broad daylight with Ellen disguised as a white man. * The A (B and C) Team.

Introducing Our "Team Edvard" Shirt!

Mangesh & Jason

Unless you've been in a coma recently—and if so, welcome back!—you've been exposed to the marketing juggernaut that is the Twilight: Eclipse premiere.

The Late Movies: Animals in Sprinklers

Erica Palan

There's no better way to cool down on a hot day than a quick trip through the sprinkler.

Pale Blue Dot: More Beautiful Carl Sagan Video

Chris Higgins

In this touching video, Carl Sagan reads from his book Pale Blue Dot. Director Michael Marantz shot time-lapse video and composed beautiful music under Sagan's narration.