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Library Porn?

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Library Porn?

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Happy Birthday, Blue Jeans!

Matt Soniak

In 1853, with the California Gold Rush in full swing, a 24-year-old German-Jewish immigrant named Levi Strauss arrived in San Francisco.

The 5 Scariest Buildings in America

Ransom Riggs

What makes a building scary? Its design has something to do with it, certainly.

Dietribes: I Can't Believe It's Butter!

Allison Keene

"¢ Butter has enjoyed a long history all over the world, from Middle Age Parisians being denied the coloration of butter (in the case of it not being yellow enough) to American Pioneers multi-tas

Brain Game: Hit me! I'm open!

Like some of you, I first saw this three or four years ago on the Internet, but it's worth a spot in the Brain Game library (and should fascinate those of you that missed it the first time

The Leica Freedom Train

David K. Israel

It's no secret that the camera business has been good to Jews, especially in New York City, where many religious Jews own and operate some of the biggest photo stores in the world, like B&H.

Morning Cup of Links: Cat Yodeling

Miss Cellania

40 years ago, the Apollo X lunar mission crew named its modules Charlie Brown and Snoopy. Charles Schultz considered his NASA connection one of the highlights of his life. * Advanced Cat Yodeling.

Most Expensive Living Artist: Jasper Johns

Andréa Fernandes

On Friday, Jasper Johns celebrated his 79th birthday.

The Best 42 Second Film You'll See Today

Ransom Riggs

Some directors can't seem to get their point across in two full hours.

The Late Movies: Animal Races

Mario Marsicano

Last week, I took a look at 10 Great American Animal Races. Today, I provide the video footage. We'll start with Camel Racing. All the fun without the tar and

The 5pm Quiz: Name That Language

David K. Israel

Anyone can pick out Spanish from French, or German from Italian. But what about Mandarin from Thai, or Danish from Norwegian? Turn up those speakers and let's find out!

The Quick 10: 10 Questionable Patents

Stacy Conradt

With the millions of patents out there, there are bound to be a few nutso ones, right? Or maybe a LOT of them. Here are 10 of the more curious patents out there.

Origins of the Specious Contest Winners

Jason English

Last May, we welcomed grammar legend Patricia T. O'Conner as a guest blogger.

Dan Ariely: We're Irrational Decision Makers

Chris Higgins

Dan Ariely is back with another killer TED Talk about his research! Back in March I wrote Dan Ariely: Why People Cheat, pointing to Ariely's TED Talk about his research on cheating.

4 Famous Cases of Plagiarism

Floss books

With New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd's plagiarism scandal making headlines, we figured it was a good time to revisit a few other famous cases of word borrowing. 1.

Prehistoric Porn

David K. Israel

There are certain things about the Old Stone Age you learn in high school—like the distinctions between Lower Paleolithic, Middle Paleolithic, and Upper Paleolithic periods.

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