The 5 Weirdest Patron Saints

Ransom Riggs

If you've been canonized and have some special proclivity or talent on your resume, you could be named a special protector or guardian of a particular illness, occupation, church, country or caus

On Music: the flute solo in Debussy's L'après-midi d'un faune

David K. Israel

Earlier this week, I introduced you to the woodwinds via a wonderful Mozart piece, yet one which didn't include one very important instrument: the flute.

Underground Wonders

Miss Cellania

More than just a hole in the ground, every cave has its own story. Caves are born in many different fashions, which leave them with different personalities. Lava

Other Holidays to Look Forward to

Mangesh Hattikudur

Since I'm single this Valentine's Day, I figured rather than mope about it, I should be more proactive and get my social calendar in order.

Where are you, Kevin Trudeau?


We all love the sound of our own names--Dale Carnegie and his ilk have been capitalizing on this vanity for decades--but is it really as special when the person invoking ours can remember everyone els

Three Things I Didn't Know About Calvin Coolidge

Jason English

"¢ While he didn't have much to say, this guy knew how to party.

Am I Missing Something, Or Is Google?

Jason English

Does that little green strawberry stem count as an "l"? I guess it doesn't matter. Valentine's Day is not the day to pick nits.

An unfortunate juxtaposition

Ransom Riggs

I noticed this driving down Venice Boulevard in Los Angeles the other day.

Visualizing the Blog "Echo Chamber"

Chris Higgins

Last week we looked at Ben Fry's Atari 2600 Cartridge Source Code project, which used game source code to make attractive, data-rich images. But Mr.

Lights, camera, squid attack

Ransom Riggs

The deep-sea squid is a strange beast, and the more we learn about it, the stranger it gets.


Try our Candy Hearts match-up and find out if your heart rules your head (or vice versa).   Thanks to the ACME Heart Maker for generating the

On Music: Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet

David K. Israel

Sergei Prokofiev was one of those precocious Mozartian geniuses, composing his first piece at the age of five and his first opera at the age of seven.

A Winter Dose of Toys


It's a prime month to be loving (or missing) New York--you can distract yourself from the windchill by attending Westminster, or V-day-induced power ballad parties, crashing the Toy F

The Power of Lava

Jason English

The only soap I ever begged my parents for was Lava. I can remember using it in science class after a particularly messy lab.

The world's least fresh fish

Ransom Riggs

Don't expect this guy to show up on your local fish market's list of daily specials -- he's over 380-million years old.