Robot Orders Scone, Leaves Big Tip

Chris Higgins

Today's completely true weirdness: a telepresence robot orders a scone from a coffee shop in Mountain View, California.

Car Cassette Decks: the End of an Era

Ransom Riggs

2011 marks the first year -- since I've been alive, at least -- that you can't buy a new car with a factory-installed cassette tape player.

Dietribes: Ginger

Allison Keene

• Ginger may not be the most attractive root, but it can certainly be delicious! Ginger is an herb whose root is used as a spice and, occasionally, as a medicine.

A Bump in the Night: When Sleepwalkers Turn Violent

Matt Soniak

In May 1987, Ken Parks was watching Saturday Night Live with trouble on his mind. In the morning, he and his wife would go to his in-laws' house to confess that he had a gambling problem.

Introducing the Vertical Amusement Park

Colin Patrick

Growing up in the middle of Ohio, we had two of the country’s best amusement parks just a few short hours away.

Nutmeg's Surprisingly Interesting History

Jill Harness

You probably already know that nutmeg is poisonous in large quantities, but did you know it can result in a psychedelic trip that was too intense for even William S. Burroughs?

Calculator Words

Chris Higgins

In my day, middle school math class was pretty boring, and led to some remarkable goofing off.

Brain Game: Yipyipyipyipyipyipyipyipyip

Our neighbor's dog barks in rapid succession, usually nine "yips" before she's done. Hence, this week's Wednesday Word Ladder.

Morning Cup of Links: Reel Wisdom

Miss Cellania

Images from the Secret STASI Archives. Simon Menner explains how these pictures are only sinister if you know the stories behind them.

The Quick 10: 10 Interesting Conversation Hearts

Stacy Conradt

I know lots of people think they’re chalky and taste like nothing, but I adore Conversation Hearts.

Livin’ on the Wedge: The Long, Strange History of a Disputed Border

Matt Soniak

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, my home sweet home, is home to its fair share of oddities (see exhibits A, B, C and D).

What's the Streisand Effect?

Ransom Riggs

"The Internet interprets censorship as damage and routes around it." - Internet pioneer John

Brain Game: Fraternal Twin Cities

Tuesday Test Time is back! In each entry below, you'll see the names of two U.S. states along with the first letter of the name of a larger-than-most city that is shared between them.

Morning Cup of Links: Veggie MRI

Miss Cellania

The Apostate: Paul Haggis vs. the Church of Scientology.

The Late Movies: Victor Borge, the Clown Prince of Denmark

Ransom Riggs

My grandmother thought Victor Borge was just about the funniest person alive.