Reed Hastings was inspired to start Netflix after a $40 late fee on a VHS copy of Apollo 13.
The Boy Who Heard Too Much. Blind teenager Matthew Weigman used his "telephone superpowers" to run a crime spree from his bedroom.
How to defeat your toddler using karate techniques.
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Sometimes, people are just so creative and full of thoughts that a single outlet for creativity is simply not enough. This does not apply to me.
During a game of Scrabble in December of 1979, Canadian journalists Chris Haney and Scott Abbott decided to create their own board game.
When it comes to accommodations, there's good weird and there's bad weird.
As the economy sputters, everyone's looking for new ways to save on food. That's why, we askedÂ David Clark to collect a whole bunch of no-budget meal ideas for the new issue.
Picking only 20 was hard. Comedy is just something Jews do well.
What grabbed my attention this week is a low-tech, possibly even ancient gadget called a butter bell.
Welcome to a newÂ Brain Game for Monday!
School has just started, and high school studentÂ Harold isÂ getting accustomed toÂ hisÂ schedule for the fall semester.Â Harold isÂ taking six classes - En
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21 Oddly Named Places and the Stories Behind Them.
I didn't take any fancy or enlightening vacations this summer. My wife and I had four weddings to attend in a five-week stretch, plus our daughter's first birthday extravaganza.
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Songwriters have found inspiration in all sorts of places, from transvestites to team tennis titans.
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Babies are small and cute and cuddly ... except this baby.
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