The Quick 10: 10 People Pronounced Dead a Bit Prematurely

Stacy Conradt

Pope Benedict XV died on January 22, 1922, which isn't all that notable by itself "“ after all, he was 67 and had been suffering from a pretty bad case of pneumonia all month.

Adventure Science: Kon-Tiki, 1950

Chris Higgins

Six Norwegians, a Swede, and a parrot hop onto a raft...and sail roughly 4,300 miles in 101 days. Not much of a punchline, is it? But it happened, and indeed, the resulting story is riveting.

8 Stories of Vicious Man-Eaters

Rob Lammle

With all we've accomplished, it's easy to forget that people aren't always the dominant species.

Is the Adverb Dying?

Ransom Riggs

For more than a century, a war has been waged against adverbs by advocates of good writing, by the likes of such literary luminaries as Mark Twain, who said -- I am dead to adverbs; they cannot ex

From the Year 2000: Conan on Success and Failure

Jason English

Many of you have probably already seen this—we may have even posted it before—but if you're looking to kill 20 minutes, here's Conan O'Brien's speech to Harvard

How much water does a fire truck hold?

David K. Israel

Ever wonder how many gallons of water the average fire truck holds? I didn't, until I witnessed a scary blaze last week in Brooklyn.

Inflatable Hospital

Miss Cellania

Amidst all the heartbreaking stories out of Haiti these past two weeks, I was impressed to see that Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres) was deploying an inflatable hospital.

Brain Game on Temporary Hiatus

A family matter requires a brief respite from the daily Brain Game; I apologize and promise to resume them as soon as is possible.

Dangerous Things Kids Should Do

Jill Harness

With today's paranoia of terrorists, child molesters and more, kids are missing more and more opportunities to go out, have fun and kids.  To fight this, a new parenting mentality has

Morning Cup of Links: Ink Pen Sex

Miss Cellania

The Late Night Wars have given us plenty to read about, but this sort of thing has been going on for decades. You probably don't know the story of the biggest network talk show bomb ever.

Creating Melodramas in Silhouettes: Kara Walker

Andréa Fernandes

(This post was a week in the making, due to the overabundance of articles, reviews, and critiques on Walker and her art.) The American artist Kara Walker had achieved "both notoriety and accla

How Did You Know ringorang?

David K. Israel

Tune in Tuesday at noon ET for a special collaborative 5-day trivia Hunt with Ringorang, the cool real-time trivia game.

The Weekend Links

Allison Keene

Flossy faithful Becca has sent in a rather crackerjack link this week - for fellow fans of Star Trek and Monty Python, you have indeed reached your Holy Grail of Geekdom: a mashup of the two.

This Week's Most Popular Stories

Jason English

In case you weren't obsessively refreshing all week, here's what you

Lunchtime Quiz Leftovers

Jason English