The Greatest Basketball Team You've Never Heard Of

Scott Allen

In the opening chapter of his book, On the Shoulders of Giants: My Journey Through the Harlem Renaissance, NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar recounts the time a reporter asked him what profession he woul

The Late Movies: Book Trailers, This Year's Winners and Losers

Chris Higgins

The same week I enjoyed Ransom's beautiful book trailer, I heard about the Moby Awards -- which, in addition to recognizing great book trailers, points out awful book trailers.

BlöödHag: Seattle's Edu-Core Death Metal Library Rockers

Chris Higgins

BlöödHag is a death metal band from Seattle who perform, among other places, in libraries.

Hyper-Realistic Paintings

Jill Harness

I've already posted a few works of amazingly realistic art, but since many of you seem to enjoy the medium, I figured you might enjoy a few more seen in this new WebUrbanist

The Number of the Day: 175

Colin Patrick

Take that, color wheel! Pantone recently added 175 new entries to its already robust color system – bringing the total number of hues to 2,100.

Miss Peregrine Book Trailer: Director's Cut!

Ransom Riggs

I've been thinking about and working on various aspects of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children for so long that it feels like the book came out a long time ago -- but it was only yes

Brain Game: Filling Station

Please read the instructions to today's Wednesday Wordplay carefully so you don't spin your wheels trying to come up with answers.

Morning Cup of Links: Weird History

Miss Cellania

What Are Little Boys Made Of? A case study made famous in the world of anti-homosexual therapy had a real boy and an entirely more complicated story behind it.

Going Out With a Bang: Janis Joplin's Hard-Partying Wake

Ethan Trex

When Janis Joplin died of a heroin overdose on October 4, 1970, she left behind a will that included an offbeat stipulation: $2,500 to fund a hard-partying wake in her memory.

Hakeem Olajuwon's Phantom Quadruple-Double

Ethan Trex

The quadruple-double is one of basketball’s most elusive feats.

How Cryptic: 4 Famous Unsolved Ciphers and Codes

Adrienne Crezo

People love a good mystery, and few things are more mysterious than a long-unsolved code. Here are the stories of four ciphers and codes we've been unable to crack. 1. The Shugborough

The Skinny on Your Favorite Cocktail Treats

Stacy Conradt

Can Ants Count?

Chris Higgins

In this science video from NPR, Robert Krulwich (of Radiolab fame) describes an experiment in which scientists demonstrated that ants were somehow counting their steps.

Amazing Works of Art Made From Paper

Jill Harness

It's hard to believe, but these stunning animal sculptures are made from nothing more than cotton paper, paint and a bit of thread. They were created by Sydney-based artist Anna-Wii Highfield.

12 Impressive Sci-Fi Quilts

Miss Cellania

Science fiction fans are a creative bunch, which only makes sense if you think about it.