Brain Game: Four Forefathers

And now, in living color and stereo (where available), the Brain Game presents: Think Thursday! NOTE: I rephrased the text of this quiz after several comments, so please ignore comm

Morning Cup of Links: Old Globes

Miss Cellania

When the American West was settled, railroads and farmers put up barbed wire fences, and ranchers tore them down.

The Late Movies: Daniel Johnston, Beautiful Singer of Broken Dreams

Chris Higgins

Daniel Johnston is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, pianist, and visual artist...who happens to suffer from crippling bipolar disorder.

7 Hilarious Garfield Variants

Chris Higgins

The comic strip Garfield has endured since 1978, when Jim Davis invented the lovable triad of Garfield, Odie, and their owner Jon Arbuckle.

How the Humble Bar Changed American History

Jill Harness

If you ask Christine Sismondo about prohibition, she'll tell you it didn't have nearly as much to do with alcohol as it did with trying to close down the saloon.

The Number of the Day: 1 in 11

Jason English

At your typical American shopping mall, one in every 11 stores is currently empty — the highest vacancy rate in a decade. Related Link: The stories behind 20 mall staples. [Sources: The Week and

Why Does Muammar Qaddafi Own a Mansion in New Jersey?

Haley Sweetland Edwards

Image credit: As General Muammar Qaddafi continues to evade the Libyan rebels who chased him out of Tripoli last week, there has been some tongue-in-cheek speculation about the poss

How Web Ads Work

David K. Israel

You visit this blog every day (and if you don't, why the heck not?!). Sometimes you notice the ads on the page, sometimes you don't.

How To Make Websites

Chris Higgins

Do you want to make a website, but don't know how to do all the techie stuff...or know just enough to make a super-crappy site?

Brain Game: Filling Station #7

Wednesday Wordplay is the challenge for today's Brain Game. Today, the seventh entry in our popular new Filling Station puzzle series.

Morning Cup of Links: The Coffee Dance

Miss Cellania

Six years later, a Katrina survivor talks about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Her experience led her to a project involving veterans and their experiences.

The Personal Items 6 Famous Dictators Left Behind

Kara Kovalchik

The recent Libyan uprising has resulted in many serious consequences for Muammar Qaddafi — including the revelation of the various tchotchkes found stashed away in his private compound.

The Origins of Weird State Park Names (Part Four)

Miss Cellania

In part one of this series on the origin of state park names, we had park names with stories behind them. In part two, we found out why some names are scary or depressing.


David K. Israel

Today, I'd like to introduce you to a fascinating, new-ish site/app called Trover, the next great collection of User Generate Content (UGC). If you go to their Web site, you'll find the most

Star Trek Bloopers

Chris Higgins

I love bloopers, and I love Star Trek. Below, I've collected some classic and more recent Trek bloopers. Prepare to board the Starship Enterbloop! (Blooperprise?