Gag Me with a Gag: Practical Jokes

Kara Kovalchik

In 1609, Galileo invented the telescope. Five minutes later, someone invented the shoe-polish-on-the-eyepiece gag.

(6) Pythagoras vs. (2) Plato

Tournament of Genius

The Breakdown Someone's getting his chiton ripped up in this matchup. These two ancient Greek heavyweights both have a lot going for them.

Brain Game: Fool Wars

Here's a screen capture from the opening of Fool Wars.

Win a copy of The Reader!!

David K. Israel

If you check in with our blog often, you know we love giving books, CDs and DVDs away before they become available to the general public.

Morning Cup of Links: April Fool Pranks

Miss Cellania

A slide show of Google's April Fool pranks. How are they going to top themselves this year? (via J-Walk Blog) * AskMen ranks The Top 29 Cities to Live In.

The Purest Surrealist: Max Ernst

Andréa Fernandes

Max Ernst was born on April 2, 1891, and died just one day short of his 85th birthday, on April 1, 1976.

The 5pm Quiz: Bird Watching

Allison Keene

Have you ever strolled along outside, serenaded by a lovely song, only to look up and not know to whom you owe thanks for such a sweet sound? Is that a nuthatch you see, or a chickadee?

What is the G20 and why is everyone so angry about it?

Linda Rodriguez McRobbie

This week's G20 summit meeting has put London on alert.

The Quick 10: 10 Broadway Musicals Based on Books

Sara Newton

Broadway in Chicago recently held a conference on the topic of transforming books into Broadway Musicals, partially due to the success of "Wicked," the longest running Broadway Musical in C

Games and Their Overvalued Points

Chris Higgins

Carl Bialik of the Wall Street Journal brings us a smart article on overvalued points in games.

(1) Isaac Newton vs. (4) Beethoven

Tournament of Genius

The Breakdown Newton's résumé is certainly more diverse; he's got the gravity thing, calculus, his contributions to optics, and his laws of motion.

Lambs that Head-butt Eagles (and other strange animal attacks)

Linda Rodriguez McRobbie

Sporting toxic saliva and shark-like razor sharp teeth, the Komodo dragon is one fierce predator. But they rarely attack humans.

How Did You Know? - {day 5}

David K. Israel

We apologize for the site going down last night. You've heard of the famous half-time toilet bowl flush?

Why Do Clothes Shrink in the Wash?

Matt Soniak

It's an everyday tragedy of the modern world: you have a favorite piece of clothing that fits just so, but when it comes out of the wash, it's shrunk.

The Two-handed Bowl and other Revolutionary Sports Techniques

Ethan Trex

We'll always remember the first time we saw sports' greatest stars pull off their signature tricks, like Michael Jordan dunking or Wayne Gretzky making a seemingly impossible shot.