Brain Game: Spelling Numbers

The Brain Game enters Think Thursday. Everyone should be able to solve today's challenge, provided you take a few moments to work it out.

Morning Cup of Links: Bike Hazards

Miss Cellania

Germans obsessively listing all their possessions for hundreds of years may sound like the set-up for a joke.

Who Was the Unknown Rebel?

Stacy Conradt

This month marks the anniversary of an amazing act of nonviolent protest by a man whose name we still don’t know.

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