Brain Game: Spin the Tire

By changing one letter at a time to form different English words, and leaving all other letters in their original positions, convert SPIN into TIRE in seven (or fewer) steps.

Italy's Big Problem: the Camorra

Ransom Riggs

Until recently, whenever I thought of organized crime in Italy, I thought of Godfather II and its turn-of-the-century flashbacks.

Morning Cup of Links: BeetleCam

Miss Cellania

Soviet Sci-Fi Animation in the 1980's. These 'toons are based on stories from American authors so you may be able to follow along, and a couple even have subtitles.

The Late Movies: Happy Earth Day!

Mark Arminio

Today, fellow citizens of this planet, is Earth Day. First founded by Sen. Gaylord Nelson on April 22nd, 1970, Earth Day has become a massive global event.

A chat with Jeff Garlin

David K. Israel

Jeff Garlin co-stars and executive produces the HBO series Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Bud Shaw's Guide to the NFL Draft

Bud Shaw

The NFL draft is upon us.

The Quick 10: Clifford the Big Red Dog

Stacy Conradt

A reader suggested Clifford the Big Red Dog via Twitter the other day, and although I tend to lean more toward smaller dogs, I thought that was a great idea.

New $100 Bill: "Unveiling Video"

Chris Higgins

Okay, so there's a US government website called That's the first problem. We need a whole website with its own domain name to talk about updated currency?

The Things You're Missing Out On!

Mangesh Hattikudur

Last month, Jason and I started a side project called Watercooler Ammo.

6 Things You Should Know About Isaac Newton

Special Guest Star

by Brian Gottesman There are few areas of learning and scholarship that haven't been touched by Sir Isaac Newton (1643-1727).

Amazing Facts, 140 Characters at a Time

Jason English

Just a simple reminder of our Twitter account's

Toxic Towns: 6 Cases of Polluted Places

Miss Cellania

Every once in a while, an environmental disaster makes big news, but the effects remain years after the headlines have faded.

Brain Game: Player!

Some recent letter-crunching revealed something special about the word PLAYER: According to my dictionary, no fewer than 66 different words of three or more letters can be formed from its letters.

Behind the Music: the Flossiest Band in the World

Ransom Riggs

I'm sure we could have a nice long discussion about what the world's flossiest band is -- They Might Be Giants would certainly be a strong contender -- but I'm gonna go a little more ol

Morning Cup of Links: Pizza Passion

Miss Cellania

A New York pizza chef in Atlanta shares his passion for pizza and everything to do with pizza making.