Tuesday Turnip

David K. Israel

In case you're not familiar with the Turnip, it's a whimsical Google search, wherein I type a random phrase and we see what kind of interesting pages "turn-up." As always with thi

22 Fictional Characters Whose Names You Don't Know

Jason English

You know the characters, but you might not know their full names. Store these away for future trivia

Strange Geographies: Freaks in Mayberry

Ransom Riggs

Mount Airy, North Carolina is known to most tourists as the birthplace of Andy Griffith and the inspiration for Mayberry, where his titular sitcom was set -- and indeed, if you walk down its main stre

11 Ways We Used Radiation in Everyday Life

Miss Cellania

Radiation as a medical cure has valid uses and definite dangers to the human body.

Symphony of Science: "The Case for Mars"

Chris Higgins

John Boswell has done it again -- he's created another Symphony of Science music video, this time called "The Case for Mars." The video lays out the reasons why scientists think we sho

Brain Game: Corpus Callosum

John, a college English instructor friend, introduced me to a book that recently became available in paperback: Damp Squid: The English Language Laid Bare by Jeremy Butterfield.

Morning Cup of Links: Dumb, Blind Luck

Miss Cellania

Financier Bernie Madoff was sentenced to 150 years for scamming investors out of over a billion dollars.

The Late Movies: What the Dramatic Squirrel Begat

Ransom Riggs

You're probably all familiar with the dramatic squirrel, a meme that began a few years ago when someone added some over-the-top music to a clip from a Japanese game show, and created this:

And They Walked Away: The Stories of 5 Strange Injuries

Rob Lammle

Take any high school psychology course and you'll hear the story of Phineas Gage, a man whose skull was pierced by a tamping iron while working on the railroad in 1848.

Hollywood Obituaries

Kara Kovalchik

Sadly, the funeral directors to the stars have been busy the past two weeks. Here's a quick tribute to some of the celebrities we've lost recently.

The Most Terrifying Sim City of Them All

Chris Higgins

Architecture student Vincent Ocasla decided that Sim City could be a platform for intense experimentation in regimentation, control, and efficiency.

18 Social Media Icons You Need to Know

David K. Israel

Sure, you know what those Twitter, Facebook, reddit and Digg icons mean at the bottom of most blog posts these days, but what about all those other funny-looking ones?

How Do You Listen to Music?

Ransom Riggs

When was the last time you sat down in front of a stereo -- especially a real stereo, not just an iPod dock with the speakers six inches apart -- and did nothing but listen to music?

Brain Game: Math Square #28

The nine white squares inside the main red grid should be filled with the digits 1 through 9. Each digit should appear only once in this main grid. Two of these numbers are already provided for you.

The Pigeon Posts His Fan Mail

Jason English

In last week's edition of At the Libraries, Miss Kathleen linked to the blog of beloved children's book author Mo Willems.