October 2, 2007

Miss Cellania

The truth about Sputnik.

Never a Doll Moment: Re-headed Brazilian dolls, and beheaded historical ones


Lampião (1898-1938), born Virgulino Ferreira da Silva, was a bandit considered a Robin Hood of Northeast Brazil by his apologists (though isn't the job of all apologists to liken their bad boys

Frankenfoods: Six Snacks Prepared In The Lab

Stacy Conradt

1. Carbonated Fruit While enjoying a nice, crisp apple or a ripe, juicy pear, do you ever think to yourself, "This would be so much better with a little carbon dioxide"?

Syphilis: One of Five Infamous Epidemics We Hope We Never See

Chris Weber

I first approached Jason and Mangesh because I wanted to write an article about rare skin diseases.


Chris Higgins

Watching Layer Tennis last Friday, commentator John Gruber compared the competition to Calvinball, which brought me back to my childhood, reading the Sunday funnies. Remember Calvinball?

The First Time News Was Fit To Print, IX

Jason English

More old news from the Times archives.

Songs to get you motivated!

Ransom Riggs

"You can do it!" "Reach for the stars!" "Never give up!" These and other motivational platitudes echo endlessly through the cubicles and classrooms of modern-day Ameri

October 1, 2007

Miss Cellania

See what happens when you translate a phrase through several different languages.

Things considered a big deal in Europe but not in the States - Part 2: Nutella

David K. Israel

When last we checked in with this feature, Eurovision was on the brain. Today we're going to examine the phenomenon called Nutella.

Ex-Presidents Quiz/Book Giveaway Extended Through Monday

Jason English

Lots of great responses to our call for presidential trivia/book giveaway contest. We're enjoying the comments so much, we've extended the deadline to end-of-day Monday.

Marching to the Beat of a Different Slide Instrument

Jason English

As a companion piece to Jason Plautz's College Football Traditions quiz, Steven Clontz is here to make sure the marching band gets its due.

Renovating: if, when, and how DIY you keep it


Some friends of mine are going to be collapsing their garage soon; that'll be the first stage in a major renovation on the house they've lived in for ten years.

Live Online Today: Layer Tennis!

Chris Higgins

Are you a live sports fan? Are you a graphic design geek? Well, for the three of you who fit both descriptions, grab a drink and get ready for a new event guaranteed* to rock you.

Friday Happy Hour: Study Abroad Edition

Jason English

"I took this photo while studying in New Zealand my junior year" is not a sentence I can say. First, I didn't take this photo at all (these guys did).

Feel Art Again: Jean-Honoré Fragonard

Andréa Fernandes

Since today just happens to be Love Note Day, let's celebrate by talking about Jean-Honoré Fragonard's "The Love Letter" and "Love Letters." Some interesting tidbits: