The White House Gift Guide: 13 Unique Presidential Gifts

Scott Allen

President Barack Obama turns 48 on Tuesday.

How Hard Is it to Convert Seawater Into Fresh Drinking Water?

Ethan Trex

It's tough, but definitely possible. The idea of desalinating seawater to make it suitable for human consumption dates back so far that Aristotle even wrote on the topic.

Solar Robot Kit

Miss Cellania

Several years ago I switched over to rechargeable batteries because kids are battery gluttons. They still manage to run through them like water, and occasionally lose them.

Brain Game: Too Easy

Last week, one particular Brain Game was called "too easy" by a handful of players. So we're going to start Monday with a bang.

Morning Cup of Links: Feral Houses

Miss Cellania

Feral Houses of Detroit. An estimated 10,000 homes are empty and Mother Nature is claiming many of them.

Last Week's Most Popular Stories

Jason English

1. 12 Pickle Facts Everyone Should Immediately Commit to Memory, by Shannon Cothran 2. The Original Names of 7 Famous TV Characters, by Kara Kovalchik 3.

Lunchtime Quiz: Name the Original MTV VJs

David K. Israel

It was 28 years ago yesterday that MTV launched with The Buggles "Video Killed the Radio Star," and the world changed forever.

5 Times Crayola Fired Their Crayons

Special Guest Star

By Paul

The Late Movie: Gary Coleman Roasts Mr. T

Jason English

I'm putting together a quiz on celebrity roasts for next week—I give you the comedian and the joke, you tell me who the target is.

The Weekend Links

Allison Keene

Happy August! Let's kick things off with the simply amazing.

Stop! Grammar Time

the mag

by Ransom Riggs 1. It was good enough for

Lunchtime Quiz Leftovers

Jason English

5 Things You Didn't Know About Robert Todd Lincoln

Ethan Trex

Saturday is the 166th birthday of Robert Todd Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln's oldest son and the only Lincoln child to survive into adulthood.

Apollo Robbins Will Steal Your Wallet: A Conversation with the World's Best Pickpocket

Chetan Nandakumar

Apollo Robbins is good at stealing stuff. For years, this renown pickpocket entertained Vegas audiences by stealing their hearts-- generally by stealing their wristwatches and money clips.

Bugs Under a Street Light: Beautiful

Chris Higgins

By combining a series of still-camera shots into a video, photographer Charlie McCarthy has made something amazing.