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Message in a Bottle

Rob Lammle

When Josh Baker was 10 years old, he dumped an entire bottle of his mother’s vanilla extract down the sink. He then wrote a quick note that said, “My name is Josh Baker. I’m 10.

The Dancing Plague of 1518

David K. Israel

Perhaps the very first authentic rave, the Dancing Plague of 1518 is one of the most bizarre incidents you'll ever read about.

Brain Game: Cash Poor

TGI Free-for-all Friday!


Ransom Riggs

As an American, sometimes it's tough to know which commonly-used words and phrases are particular to America, and sound strange in other parts of the world.

Morning Cup of Links: The Worst Call in MLB History

Brian Abrams

After 19 innings on Tuesday night, an umpire at home plate may have made the worst call in Major League Baseball history. * I'd much prefer to see Hollywood put its CGI efforts toward big-scree

Don't "Chai" and "Tea" Both Mean the Same Thing?

Haley Sweetland Edwards

Next time you order a chai tea from your corner coffee shop, take a moment and appreciate your killer multilingual skills.

10 Reasons Alex Trebek is Awesome

Stacy Conradt

Quick, if you could pick any game show host to have on your side during a fight, who would it be? Bob Barker? C’mon. Everyone picks Bob Barker.

The Late Movies: Guess the Theme XIV

Mark Arminio

It's Thursday, it's late, it's time for everyone's most beloved musical quiz game: GUESS THE THEME! All the clips below have something in common. Do you know what it is?

36 of the Geekiest Tattoos from Comic-Con 2011

Jill Harness

There are plenty of geeks at Comic-Con, but only a true fan would get a tattoo of his or her favorite comics, movies or other pop culture icons.

Even More Fun Finds from the 99¢ Store

David K. Israel

Welcome back to another installment! As you loyal readers know, each year I make a trip to the 99¢ store and bring my camera to bring you the best/funniest finds from my pilgrimage.

11 Prominent Authors Who Excelled in Sports

Conor McKeon

Some of the most important literary figures of the last century had previously made a name for themselves in athletics.

The Number of the Day: 72

Colin Patrick

The Keret House, a proposed single-occupancy office and residence in Warsaw, Poland, will be built between two existing buildings and feature an interior width of only 72 centimeters (28.3 inches) at

At the Libraries: Librarian Stereotypes

Miss Kathleen

Each week Miss Kathleen provides links to a variety of stories about libraries, authors, and books. If there's something fun going on in your local library, leave us a

That Time in 1979 When the U.S. Government Defaulted

Ethan Trex

© Kristoffer Tripplaar/Pool/Corbis As the Congressional debate over the debt ceiling rages on this week, more analysts are raising the question of what would happen if the country defaults on U.S.

An Evening With Ray Bradbury, 2001

Chris Higgins

In this hour-long video from 2001, sci-fi author Ray Bradbury gives the keynote address of The Sixth Annual Writer's Symposium by the Sea.