X Is the New Y


X Is the New Y


Amazing Facts, 140 Characters at a Time

Jason English

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How Did You Know FLIPS Out!

David K. Israel

If you're not a regular HDYK gamer, you're going to want to be sure you try our 5-day trivia hunt this week, starting tomorrow, because the first 20 with all the correct answers will automat

Musical Roads

Ransom Riggs

Now I've heard everything: if you're a driver so musically deprived that you have neither a radio, CD player or iPod hookup in your car, there's still one more way to get yourself hummi

The Orb Bluetooth Headset

Miss Cellania

How do you feel about bluetooth headsets? On the one hand, having a lightweight portable hands-free device for phone calls is downright handy in certain situations, most especially while driving.

Brain Game: Heebies!

Today's Brain Game consists of puzzles that I call heebies.

Morning Cup of Links: Creative Excuses

Miss Cellania

A story about a homeless man in California found its way to his children in Texas. Now after 12 years, he is finally home. * How many ladybugs are necessary for a swarm?

The Stories Behind Curiously Named Products

Kara Kovalchik

John Barry, the CEO of WD-40 Company, Inc., passed away recently at the age of 84. He didn't invent the degreaser/rust preventative, but he turned it into a household name.

Last Week's Most Popular Stories

Jason English

1. Really Weird Bird Anatomy, by Miss Cellania 2. 7 Secondary Football Leagues, by Ethan Trex 3. Not Fooling Anybody: Bizarre Retail Conversions, by Jason English 4.

Lunchtime Quiz Leftovers

Jason English

The Weekend Links

Allison Keene

A great find from my friend Ryan - hysterical Cleveland tourism videos. If the first take doesn't have you loving Cleveland, than the second definitely will.

A Sound-Breaking Work of Staggering Genius: How Chuck Yeager Reached Supersonic Speed

the mag

By Mark Fischetti "When we weren't flying, we zipped on our leather flight jackets, crowded around the blackjack tables of the Tonopah Club, drank ourselves blind on rotgut, then staggere

Yo Comments Are Whack!

David K. Israel

In case you haven't seen this hilarious rap parody by Sister Salad, it's definitely worth three minutes of your time.

Was Moore's Law Inevitable?

Chris Higgins

Moore's Law is a popular axiom in computing that effectively says: every two years, the number of transistors on an integrated circuit doubles.

The 5pm Quiz: '80s Cartoons

Brett Savage

For today's 5pm Quiz, here's one that originally ran last November. Let's find out how much He-Man and Care Bears knowledge you've retained. Take the Quiz: '80s

The Stories Behind 6 Safety Precautions

Kara Kovalchik

Safety precautions such as childproof caps and doors that open outward are so commonplace today that we rarely give them a second thought "“ they're just facts of life.