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Brain Game: Meet Barbara

Apologies for my absence yesterday; the Thursday Brain Game was eaten by the monster that's been wreaking havoc on our site. (The last month's worth should reappear on the site...

Morning Cup of Links: A Makeup List

Miss Cellania

Atlas Obscura is hosting their second annual International Obscura Day on April 9, 2011.

Something's Missing...

Jason English

You might be wondering what the heck is going on over here. Why do we think it's February 11th?

Light Heart, Dark Humor: The Man Behind The Addams Family

Linda Rodriguez McRobbie

Cartoonist Charles Addams was almost as bizarre as the characters he drew.

What 11 Pairs of Eyeballs Watching a Movie Looks Like

Ransom Riggs

This is not only really cool, but it has striking implications for makers of film and TV.

Little Engines That Could: A Brief History of Slot Cars

Rob Lammle

For many kids growing up in the 1960s, slot cars were a regular part of Saturday afternoons.

Time Machine

Jason English

Either our site mistakenly thinks today is February 11th or I mistakenly think today is March 10th. We're working on sorting this

The Origins of 12 Supermarket Chains

Scott Allen

From the days of home delivery to streamlined self-service stores, here are the stories behind 12 supermarket chains.1.

Who Exactly Is J.D. Power?

Ethan Trex

It feels like every car commercial you see touts the vehicle’s sterling showing in a J.D. Power and Associates survey. The awards are bandied about as if their origins are common knowledge.

The Late Movies: Kinetic Typography

Chris Higgins

Kinetic Typography (“moving text”) has been around for at least half a century — movie title sequences often feature some form of moving text, and there are tons of famous examples.

The Quick 10: Happy Birthday, Barbie!

Stacy Conradt

Your Favorite Villain Strikes Back


Our favorite martian, Ray William Johnson, just put out a new music video featuring all your favorite villains. See how many you know in the funny video

Forget Printing Money, Let’s Print Kidneys

Chris Higgins

In a recent TED Talk, surgeon Anthony Atala printed a prototype human kidney, using living cells and an 3D inkjet printer, onstage. When this happened, TED attendees took note.

The Number of the Day: $140,000


Brain Game: That’s Weird


The Wednesday Word Ladder is now Wednesday Wordplay, which will offer other word-related puzzles in addition to ladders.