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Talking Trash: the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Ransom Riggs

It's like something you'd expect to see in a now-classic post-apocalyptic novel by J.G.

7 Things You Should Know About The Kentucky Derby

Ethan Trex

I was born and raised in Kentucky, a background that usually doesn't offer much in the way of conversation fodder.

One More PSA: Swine Flu Shots (1976)

Jason English

On the heels of Kara's round-up of classic public service announcements, the always entertaining Johnny Wright from YesButNoButYes points us to this series of swine flu PSAs from 1976 (via Adfrea

Morning Cup of Links: Presidential Nicknames

Mario Marsicano

Happy Friday! The weekend's here...why so tense? Here are 52 ways to conquer stress. * Maybe you can get some home repairs done over the weekend.

Brain Game: Seventy-Six Inches

I recently heard the song "Big Bad John" by Jimmy Dean, and sang along with the lyrics that described John as "six-foot-six" and weighing "245." It prompted me to think a

Sargent's Successor: Philip Alexius de László

Andréa Fernandes

One hundred and forty years ago today, Philip Alexius de László (1869-1937) was born in Hungary as Laub Fülöp Elek.

The 5pm Quiz: Thursday Night TV

Jason English

Take the Quiz: The Office Take the Quiz: Jack Donaghy [Sorry, we don't have a Parks and Recreation quiz just

The Quick 10: Pluto, We Never Knew Ye

Stacy Conradt

It was a mere 79 years ago that we discovered Pluto and embraced it as one of our nine planets. "Pluto!" we said. "We love you!

Andy Warhol Paints Debbie Harry on an Amiga Computer

Chris Higgins

So this is nerdy. Here's a video from 1985 in which Andy Warhol digitally paints over a photo of Debbie Harry, at an Amiga computer launch.

The Ad Council's Greatest Hits

Kara Kovalchik

A mind is a terrible thing to waste. Only you can prevent forest fires. Take a bite out of crime. What do these slogans have in common?

"Innocent" Ideas That Prompted Mass Hysteria

Linda Rodriguez McRobbie

On Monday, buildings throughout Manhattan's financial district were evacuated, emergency responders were inundated with panicked phone calls, and one pregnant woman had to go to the hospital afte

YouTube: What's Fair Use?

Ransom Riggs

When I was just ten months old, my father was killed in an accident.

10 More Politicians Who Changed Parties

Ethan Trex

When longtime Republican senator Arlen Spector announced earlier this week that he was ditching the GOP to become a Democrat, the news set Washington atwitter.

Creatively Speaking: Jimmy Pardo

David K. Israel

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