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My wife was just out of town for a week, visiting her family in Florida. Suddenly I found I had a lot more time on my hands, so I hunkered down to work. I checked off everything on my to-do list, and the house was suddenly cleaner than it had been in recent memory. But according to Floyd Kinney, Jr., a man currently on trial in Pennsylvania for molesting two girls, my wife's absence could've led to activities much more sinister than just scrubbing the bathtub. Like, for instance, molesting people.

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My wife was just out of town for a week, visiting her family in Florida. Suddenly I found I had a lot more time on my hands, so I hunkered down to work. I checked off everything on my to-do list, and the house was suddenly cleaner than it had been in recent memory. But according to Floyd Kinney, Jr., a man currently on trial in Pennsylvania for molesting two girls, my wife's absence could've led to activities much more sinister than just scrubbing the bathtub. Like, for instance, molesting people.

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Rules for Time Travelers

Chris Higgins

Discover Magazine's Cosmic Variance blog brings us Rules for Time Travelers, a set of eleven rules that help to explain (or contradict) various time-travel scenarios in pop culture.

Amazing Facts, 140 Characters at a Time

Jason English

Our growing posse hit 4,000 last night. I'd like to see us get over 5,000 by the end of the month.

Happy Birthday, Blue Jeans!

Matt Soniak

In 1853, with the California Gold Rush in full swing, a 24-year-old German-Jewish immigrant named Levi Strauss arrived in San Francisco.

The 5 Scariest Buildings in America

Ransom Riggs

What makes a building scary? Its design has something to do with it, certainly.

Dietribes: I Can't Believe It's Butter!

Allison Keene

"¢ Butter has enjoyed a long history all over the world, from Middle Age Parisians being denied the coloration of butter (in the case of it not being yellow enough) to American Pioneers multi-tas

Brain Game: Hit me! I'm open!

Like some of you, I first saw this three or four years ago on the Internet, but it's worth a spot in the Brain Game library (and should fascinate those of you that missed it the first time

The Leica Freedom Train

David K. Israel

It's no secret that the camera business has been good to Jews, especially in New York City, where many religious Jews own and operate some of the biggest photo stores in the world, like B&H.

Morning Cup of Links: Cat Yodeling

Miss Cellania

40 years ago, the Apollo X lunar mission crew named its modules Charlie Brown and Snoopy. Charles Schultz considered his NASA connection one of the highlights of his life. * Advanced Cat Yodeling.

Most Expensive Living Artist: Jasper Johns

Andréa Fernandes

On Friday, Jasper Johns celebrated his 79th birthday.

The Best 42 Second Film You'll See Today

Ransom Riggs

Some directors can't seem to get their point across in two full hours.

The Late Movies: Animal Races

Mario Marsicano

Last week, I took a look at 10 Great American Animal Races. Today, I provide the video footage. We'll start with Camel Racing. All the fun without the tar and

The 5pm Quiz: Name That Language

David K. Israel

Anyone can pick out Spanish from French, or German from Italian. But what about Mandarin from Thai, or Danish from Norwegian? Turn up those speakers and let's find out!

The Quick 10: 10 Questionable Patents

Stacy Conradt

With the millions of patents out there, there are bound to be a few nutso ones, right? Or maybe a LOT of them. Here are 10 of the more curious patents out there.

Origins of the Specious Contest Winners

Jason English

Last May, we welcomed grammar legend Patricia T. O'Conner as a guest blogger.

Dan Ariely: We're Irrational Decision Makers

Chris Higgins

Dan Ariely is back with another killer TED Talk about his research! Back in March I wrote Dan Ariely: Why People Cheat, pointing to Ariely's TED Talk about his research on cheating.

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