Schott's Vocab: Smart Writing About Words

Chris Higgins

I've been enjoying Schott's Vocab, a new blog from the New York Times. It's about words and word usement (sorry, LA Story reference).

Catching Up With The Flu: 20th Century Pandemics

Linda Rodriguez McRobbie

As panic mounts over the increasing number of swine flu cases, it looks like the world is ending, with a sniffle and sneeze.

Photographers in Focus: Natalie Obermaier

Ransom Riggs

I've focused on a few other photographers here on the blog, including Troy Paiva and his amazing night photography, and Garry Winogrand's legendary street work.

2 Odd Things I Just Learned About Fish

Matt Soniak

When I'm not blogging for mental_floss, I can usually be found wearing bright orange rubber pants and gutting, cutting and selling fish at the local Whole Foods.

Who Approved That? 7 Food Promotions Gone Horribly Wrong

Mario Marsicano

Have you heard about Burger King's new Texican Whopper? The taste of Texas and a little, spicy Mexican "“ and they do mean little.

Brain Game: More Bad Poetry

It's Wednesday, and time for a new entry in the "Poems Wot I Writ" series. Can you decipher this rhyming riddle?

5 Other Photo Sharing Sites Worth Knowing

David K. Israel

To follow up on yesterday's Picasa VS Flickr post, I present five other sites that offer photo sharing.

Morning Cup of Links: Wax Museum Auction

Mario Marsicano

Astronauts who hope to go to Gliese 581d will now need to wear swim trunks under their spacesuits. * Mad Magazine published their 500th issue this week, and the writers have focused their attention

Dreaming of Peace: Diego Rivera

Andréa Fernandes

Tomorrow is the little-known holiday National Dance Day, which coincides with this week's observance of National Dance Week.

The 5pm Quiz: Famous Initials

Jason English

We know a good number of famous middle initials. But how many of us actually know the less famous, oftentimes strange names they stand for? Let's find out.

Photos: Our Readers' Tattoos

Mangesh & Jason

Stacy Conradt asked for photos of your tattoos, and boy did you deliver! Andréa Fernandes sorted through your submissions and has assembled this gallery.

Crimes Perpetrated by Ferris Bueller (and Accomplices) During His Day Off

Chris Higgins

Ask Metafilter has an awesomely nerdy thread on "Crimes committed by Ferris Bueller during his Day off." Here are a few of my favorites: Violation of 720 ILCS 5/32-5.1: False Personati

8 Obscure Rules From the World of Sports

Ethan Trex

After reading Sandy's great Brain Game last week about the MLB rule governing what happens if a player catches a ball with his hat or mask or throws his glove at a ball (the batter is awarded thr

Is There Really an E Street?

Matt Soniak

Editor's Note: Matt Soniak is going to see The Boss in Philadelphia tonight. (And probably tomorrow, too.) Here's a look back at the Springsteen FAQ that Matt put together last

The World of Auto-Tune

Ransom Riggs

Even if you've never heard of auto-tune, you've heard it -- it's that slightly robot-like vocal processing effect that's used in every other pop song these days.