Know Your Meme: Auto-Tune

Chris Higgins

The Know Your Meme Blog has a great introduction to the history and technology behind Auto-Tune, the audio effect first introduced in 1997 and made popular when Cher's single "Believe"

8 Not-So-Famous Firsts

Kara Kovalchik

Ever wondered who received the first Social Security Card? Who was involved in the first wet T-shirt contest? Today's your lucky day. 1. The First Hamburger

Praise From the United Kingdom

Jason English

Shameless self-promotion alert: The Daily Telegraph has named to their list of Best Websites, in the Education category.

Landscapes That Seem Out of This World

Jill Harness

Blood rivers, stone forests and perched pillars of chalk may sound like features of an alien planet dreamed up as a set for a new SyFy show, but our own Mother Earth is a lot stranger and less predict

A Sampling of Niche Blogs

Miss Cellania

Setting up a new blog is simple and free if you use public platforms like Blogger or Wordpress or Twitter.

Should you really put a steak on a shiner?

David K. Israel

A kid at my son's playground recently got a nasty shiner and I overheard a nanny telling the kid's mom that she should put a cold steak on the eye to help with the swelling.

Brain Game: This World or the Next

Welcome to the Thursday Brain Game.

Morning Cup of Links: Political Animals

Miss Cellania

8 Animals That Ran for Government Office.

The Late Movies: Ali G

Chris Higgins

Before Borat, before Brüno, there was Ali G, a character created by Sacha Baron Cohen to satirize various political and social issues through interviews with public figures.

The Visual Miscellaneum

David K. Israel

One of the best perks of blogging here is all the free stuff people send me. Like, today, for instance, I opened my mail and found one of the more attractive books I've ever laid eyes on.

The Quick 10: 10 Great Things That Originally Got Bad Reviews

Stacy Conradt

Works that we consider classics - or at the very least valuable contributions to society - haven't always been seen as such.

John Cleese: Create a Tortoise Enclosure for Your Mind

Chris Higgins

"I want to be as well-informed as I can possibly be before I die" -John Cleese, in a speech on creativity, sleeping on problems, rewrites, and creating "tortoise enclosures" for yo

The Photograph That Isn't as Romantic as You Might Think

Ransom Riggs

"V-J Day, Times Square, 1945," a.k.a. "The Kiss" Alfred Eisenstaedt,

6 Famous Veterans from TV

Kara Kovalchik

Here's a TV-Holic tribute to some familiar faces who served their country. Happy Veterans Day to all our men and women in uniform, then and now! 1. Bill

Amazing Butterfly Photos

Jill Harness

Butterflies are some of the only insects that are still adored by even the most squeamish people.