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6 Pop songs that rip off classical music

David K. Israel

Musicians have always lifted tunes from each other.

Morning Cup of Links: Dyscalculia

Miss Cellania

Change is happening already.

Explaining the Chinese Zodiac (Just in Time for Chinese New Year)

Matt Soniak

According to legend, the celebration of the Chinese New Year began with a monster called Nian. The beast would arrive on the first day of the new year and devour crops, livestock and people.

$50 Challenge

Andréa Fernandes

The

Getting Close to Chuck

Andréa Fernandes

Chuck Close (born 1940) is one of the most requested artists for "Feel Art Again." Referred to by some as the "rock star of contemporary art," Close is one of the most well-known

Lunchtime Quiz Leftovers

Jason English

Upcoming: $50 Challenge!

Andréa Fernandes

Get your magazines (Jan/Feb '09 issue) handy and come back at 1:30 p.m. (EST) on Sunday for our $50 challenge.

Goldberg Contest Winner

Andréa Fernandes

Last Saturday, we announced our first-ever "Feel Art Again" contest, challenging our readers to design Rube Goldberg devices.

The Weekend Links

Allison Keene

From Flossy Friend Dail, an intriguing article on how to "hack your brain" and create sensory illusions.

Time Stands Still: The Psychology of Casinos

Linda Rodriguez McRobbie

On the face of it, it seems like a hard sell to get millions of people to part with vast amounts of their hard-earned cash with just a hint of ever getting any of it back.

Timed Quiz Roundup

Jason English

We've been getting lots of great reader suggestions for timed quizzes (you can pitch us ideas under this post). Some of your ideas were so brilliant we'd already used them. Here are a few

The Quick 10: 10 Extinct Languages of the U.S.

Stacy Conradt

I read an article about the extinction of the Eyak language a couple of days ago (see #1 on the list below) and it really intrigued me.

Friday Happy Hour: 4 Books to Give Away

Jason English

Because I failed to post a new book giveaway last night, today's Friday Happy Hour will be a complete overcompensation. (My mother-in-law had surgery yesterday, and Dr.

Titillating Placenames

Ransom Riggs

The New York Times ran a delightful article today about dirty-sounding towns and streets in Britain.

Besides Handing Out Oscars, What Does the Academy Do?

Ethan Trex

Although the Academy Awards are far and away the most visible of all of the Academy's endeavors, the group is involved in numerous other missions in the field of film study.

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