Yes, Virginia, There Was a Merlin

Stacy Conradt

With all the hoopla about Harry Potter this week, it seems as if people have forgotten about the OG wizard: Merlin.

Plus: Camouflaged

David K. Israel

Continuing with our plus theme this week, above is a fun little camouflage puzzle. There are eight words hiding in the puzzle, one on each line. Each is a synonym of the word plus.

25 Words You Might Not Know Are Trademarked

Lauren Harrell

Many of the items we use every day, like zippers and escalators, were once brand names. Even heroin, which no one should use any day, was a brand name.

Remembering the Old Man of the Mountain

Sarah Prial

New Hampshire is a pretty nifty state. Aside from having one of the most gleefully in-your-face mottos, it also was home to the Old Man of the Mountain.

The Enduring Legacy of Li'l Abner

Miss Cellania

Li'l Abner was a comic strip drawn by Al Capp that appeared in newspapers from 1934 to 1977.

Brain Game: Really, Really Bad Rebus #27

Think Thursday is upon us, and with it, a new Brain Game.

Morning Cup of Links: State Flags

Miss Cellania

Why do some Americanisms irritate people? Meaning people from other countries, that is, so it would behoove us to find out what they're talking about.

Stunning but Deadly Carnivorous Plants

Jill Harness

I'm fascinated by carnivorous plants.

Art Made From Cans

Jill Harness

If you thought tin and aluminum cans were only good for storing food and recycling, then you've never seen the art of David Wasserman, aka Tincanman.

The Quick 10: The Strangest Record to Make the Top 10

Eddie Deezen

In 1966, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, the Beach Boys, the Supremes, and the artists at Motown were all competing for top spots on the charts.

The Late Movies: Carl Sagan Interviewed By Ted Turner (!)

Chris Higgins

In this 1989 CNN interview, Ted Turner interviews Carl Sagan on the environment, nuclear warfare, space, time travel, SETI, and other topics.

Plus: The Macintosh Plus

David K. Israel

From Google+ monday to plus-size models yesterday, we move to the Macintosh Plus computer, which came out in 1986.

20 Obscure Words to Describe Collectors

Ethan Trex

You probably know that numismatists study and collect coins and currency, and you may even know that philatelists study and collect stamps.

Damn Fine "Twin Peaks" Coffee Ads from Japan

Chris Higgins

I'm a Twin Peaks fan, and like to think I know a little trivia about the show.

What 3-D Looked Like 150 Years Ago

Ransom Riggs

3-D technology has been around in one form or another for a very long time.