Tuesday Turnip


Tuesday Turnip


10 Reasons Why the Quidditch World Cup is the Best College Sporting Event

Andréa Fernandes

There are a lot of college sporting events out there—tournaments, championships, bowl games"¦ But the best intercollegiate sporting event is the Quidditch World Cup.

Bookcases as Interesting as Their Contents

Jill Harness

Books may be vessels into new worlds of excitement, but bookcases tend to be no more than utilitarian furniture designed with the sole purpose of holding our paged treasures when they aren't bein

A Brief History of Swedish Fish

Linda Rodriguez McRobbie

The friendly Swedish Fish are a staple of the US candy scene, a denizen of nearly every movie theater counter and convenience store. But where did they come from? And why fish? presents: HDYK? - {day 2}

David K. Israel

It's an all-new 5-day trivia hunt, with an all-new set of puzzles, prizes, and now, a major sponsor! Co-puzzle Master Josh Halbur and I are thrilled to announce that How Did You Know?

When Playgrounds Were Dangerously Fun

Jill Harness

Ridiculous, frivolous lawsuits aside, litigation does, to some extent help keep our society safer. But at what cost?

"The Botany of Desire" Documentary, TONIGHT at 8pm on PBS

Chris Higgins

Update: the entire documentary is now available online for free! A new PBS* documentary, The Botany of Desire, premieres Wednesday night (tonight!) at 8pm on PBS stations throughout the US.

Watercooler Ammo, 140 Characters at a Time

Jason English

If you like random facts and micro-blogging, do we have something for you! Over on Twitter, we're pumping out amazing facts, 140 characters at a time.

The New Issue is Out (and it's twice as shiny as before!)

Mangesh & Jason

The new issue is finally (FINALLY!) on newsstands, and we're so excited to talk about it.

The Sherlock Holmes Handbook: How to Keep Your Mind Sharp

Ransom Riggs

It's been well over a century since the first Sherlock Holmes adventure was published, and yet the master detective remains as popular as ever; witness the upcoming release of Holmes, starring Ro

Brain Game: Ceramic Dog

Wheel of Fortune was one of my favorite game shows for years; I remember watching it back in the 1970s, when Chuck Woolery was the host (and one of the regular prizes was a large ceramic dog).

Morning Cup of Links: Ossuaries and Other Creepy Places

Miss Cellania

How Do Vaccines Work and Are They Dangerous?

Scandalous Academician: Mary Moser

Andréa Fernandes

Mary Moser (1744-1819) was "one of the most celebrated women artists of 18th-century Britain," yet today she's mostly overlooked.

The Origins of All 30 NBA Team Names

Scott Allen

The Hornets were supposed to be the Spirit, while the Grizzlies were almost named the Mounties.

Who Invented the Phillie Phanatic?

Ethan Trex

In the late 1970s, the Phillies' mascots were two 18th-century siblings named Philadelphia Phil and Philadelphia Phyllis, but the duo did little to attract families wary of Veterans' Stadium

Turn of the Century: Old Photos

Chris Higgins

Here's a lovely blog consisting simply of old photos, advertisements, paintings, and such: Turn of the Century.