On Quitting


On Quitting


Brain Game: Player!

Some recent letter-crunching revealed something special about the word PLAYER: According to my dictionary, no fewer than 66 different words of three or more letters can be formed from its letters.

Behind the Music: the Flossiest Band in the World

Ransom Riggs

I'm sure we could have a nice long discussion about what the world's flossiest band is -- They Might Be Giants would certainly be a strong contender -- but I'm gonna go a little more ol

Morning Cup of Links: Pizza Passion

Miss Cellania

A New York pizza chef in Atlanta shares his passion for pizza and everything to do with pizza making.

The Late Movies: Twin Peaks

Chris Higgins

Twenty years ago last week, Twin Peaks made its TV debut. Often described as eerie, creepy, or just plain weird, Twin Peaks is now considered a landmark in TV history.

The Quick 10: Curious George Gets _flossy

Stacy Conradt

Curious George and The Man in the Yellow Hat have been around for nearly 70 years, and yet the little monkey has the same appeal to kids today as he did back in 1941.

Introducing 'At the Libraries'

Miss Kathleen

Every Wednesday, Miss Kathleen will provide links to a variety of things happening at libraries across the country.

The First Fade-Out

David K. Israel

The Neptune movement from Gustav Holst's The Planets is generally considered the first piece of music to use the fade-out.

How Historians Will Use the Twitter Archives

Chris Higgins

Last week the Library of Congress announced that it would archive all public tweets (Twitter messages).

Dietribes: Almond Joy

Allison Keene

"¢Â Almonds have a long history of importance, even getting a mention in the Bible's Book of Numbers as a symbol of divinity. Romans also used almonds as a fertility charm.

Arcade Game Propaganda Posters

Jill Harness

It seems that so many video games are about wars (be it intergalactic, historical or fantasy), it only makes sense to start recruiting for the cause.

Does Counting Sheep Really Help You Fall Asleep?

Matt Soniak

As far as we can tell, the idea of counting sheep to get to sleep might go back to ancient shepherds, who had to literally count their sheep every night before turning in, to make sure they were all t

Brain Game: Movies Turning 10

Today's Brain Game offers the initials of the titles of seven of the top 25 highest-grossing motion pictures released in the year 2000.

Morning Cup of Links: Millihelens and Megafonzies

Miss Cellania

Prohibition was largely the work of one man: Wayne B. Wheeler.

The Late Movies: Stadium Demolitions

Erica Palan

Last week, after Texas Stadium was demolished, I emailed blog overlord Jason English to pitch this Late Movies about demolished stadiums.

The Quick 10: The Scrumdidlyumptious Roald Dahl

Stacy Conradt

Is there a kid out there who doesn't delight in the made-up words and fantastical worlds Roald Dahl created over the years?