What's a MacGuffin?

Ransom Riggs

It's a key plot element of probably every thriller ever made, and a lot of other movies, as well.

Morning Cup of Links: Real Sea Monsters

Miss Cellania

What should medicine do when it can't save your life? Providing quality time for dying patients requires medical professionals to get past facing defeat.

The Number of the Day: 2,510

Will Treece

The world record for the number of people dressed as Smurfs is 2,510. The record was set in Wales in 2009. Related Fact: The previous record? A mere 1,253. [Source: The Daily Telegraph.

The Late Movies: Ridiculous Instructional Videos

Ransom Riggs

Note: This post originally appeared last year.

The Quick 10: 10 Bizarre Name Changes

Stacy Conradt

Most of us cringe when we hear some of the names celebrities inflict on their kids - Moxie Crimefighter, Audio Science. But what about people who do it to themselves?

A Minimalist Movie Tribute

Colin Patrick

35mm from Felix Meyer on Vimeo. 35MM is a creative and perplexing animated ramble through 35 famous movies in 2 minutes.

6 Epic At-Bats

David K. Israel

Major League batters see, on average, about four pitches per at-bat. So something like an 8-pitch at-bat is considered pretty long.

Brain Game: Math Square #34

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 square).

The Number of the Day: $568,106

Jason English

Canadian attorney Charles Millar died a childless bachelor, but he left $568,106 to the woman who gave birth to the most children in Toronto in the 10 years following his 1928 death. Related Fact:

Morning Cup of Links: Primping Possum

Miss Cellania

WikiLeaks gave 90,000 classified documents on the war in Afghanistan to the New York Times, The Guardian, and Der Spiegal.

Weekend Links: The Ruins of Dungeness

Allison Keene

Flossy Reader Joe's amazingly fun website Bad Cover Versions may make you run for cover (but laugh as you do). * Dating can be tough, but dating hipsters can be tougher.

Last Week's Most Popular Stories

Jason English

In case you weren't obsessively refreshing all week, here's what you

Now We Have Some Questions for You

Jason English

You guys give us lots of great story ideas—too many to answer them all. So I'm going to toss out some reader-submitted questions to the audience every now and again.

Lunchtime Quiz Leftovers

Jason English

Weekend Links: The Dark Side of Tetris

Allison Keene

Bikes can be awkward to carry around and tie up when they're not in use, which has brought about things like the folding bike.