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Friday Happy Hour: I Have a (Recurring) Dream

Jason English

Every Friday, I post a series of unrelated questions meant to spark conversation in the comments. Answer one, answer all, respond to someone else's reply, whatever you want. Very casual.

11 Famous Actors and the Big TV Roles They Turned Down

Kara Kovalchik

Dana Delany as Carrie Bradshaw? Cosmo Kramer as Monk? Here's a look at 11 actors who passed on some of TV's most popular shows. 1. Bridget Fonda as Ally

Morning Cup of Links: Abandoned Subway Stations

Mario Marsicano

Happy National Comic Book Day, everyone! Hope it's a great one for you. * Speaking of comic books, is there a superhero that Hollywood ISN'T making a movie about?

"Cosmos" Documentary, Auto-Tuned Vocals by Carl Sagan, ft. Stephen Hawking (Seriously)

Chris Higgins

I hereby present the most awesome thing I've seen all year: an autotuned remix of an episode of Carl Sagan's Cosmos.

Microscopic Artwork by Willard Wigan

Jill Harness

Willard Wigan is not your average sculptor and the photo above is not Photoshopped. His tools consist of a microscope and fibers to sculpt miniature figures on the head of pins.

Brain Game: Produce

To end the Brain Game week, here's a logic puzzle. Adept solvers might get this one without a grid, but it'll be necessary for most of us.

The Late Movies: Windows 7 Parties (And Other Awful Infomercials)

Mark Arminio

The latest OS offering from Microsoft is Windows 7 and the company has been running a mad media blitz, with a slew of commercials showing its ease of use.  However, I came across a gem the other day&

The Quick 9: Nine Capitals of the United States

Stacy Conradt

Washington, D.C., hasn't always been the political center of the United States.

No Signal: When Movies Use Cell Phone Signal Loss to Heighten Drama

Chris Higgins

No Signal is a YouTube "supercut" of various movie moments in which the protagonists find themselves without a cell phone signal -- you can bet a murderer/terrorist/alien is right around the

5 Things You Didn't Know About Mikhail Prokhorov

Ethan Trex

It looks like Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov has reached a deal to buy the floundering New Jersey Nets. What's Prokhorov's story, though?

Ransom Riggs' Strange Geographies

Jason English

One of our most popular regular features is Ransom Riggs' "Strange Geographies." In case you're new to the site or weren't able to stop by every day this summer, here's t

Treating Brain Injuries With Booze?

Meghan Holohan

The word "whiskey" comes from the Gaelic word usquebaugh, which means "water of life" (anyone know how you get "whiskey" from usquebaugh?) A recent study by Ali Salim at

5 Brazen Examples of Price Fixing

Ethan Trex

After Steven Soderbergh's adaptation of Kurt Eichenwald's nonfiction book The Informant debuted to largely positive reviews last weekend, price fixing is all the conversational rage again.

Morning Cup of Links: Terrible Restaurant Names

Mario Marsicano

Did you know they're making a Monopoly movie? Here's a list of all the boardgame-based movies about to hit the big screen. * Anyone planning to see the Fame remake this weekend?

What Does an Actuary Do?

David K. Israel

A good friend of mine is an actuary. I've known him for nearly 20 years, but have never really understood what he does at the office.

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