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This month's Atlantic includes a fascinating article by Michael Hirschorn on what newspapers have to do to stay relevant in an increasingly diffuse, almost schizophrenic, media environment.

Stuff Andy Rooney Really Did Say

Jason English

Andy Rooney is in the news this week, distancing himself from a viral list of offensive statements attributed to him.

Beached snacks?

Mangesh Hattikudur

Apparently, a cargo container full of junk food washed up on shore in the Outer Banks in North Carolina.

Pencil Art

Mangesh Hattikudur

I stumbled across these earlier today, and I was thoroughly amazed.

The new prohibition?

David K. Israel

I remember the day NYC's smoking ban went into effect and bar owners from the Bronx to Brooklyn feared for their businesses.

You probably won't shoot your eye out, after all

Ransom Riggs

... but you just might suffer a fatal car accident, have a heart attack or fall to your death (though probably not all at the same time), according to a recent study by National Geographic.

Graham Crackers

David K. Israel

I saw this ad in a magazine recently and my heart sank. Could it be that people really don't know who Martha Graham is? The most significant pioneer of modern dance in this country?

How to outwit a sasquatch

Ransom Riggs

Yes, more everyday, practical advice from your friends at Mental_Floss.

On my Christmas list #3: Mid-century scientific stuff


I collect educational Atomic Age gewgaws "“ so far my menagerie includes a complete electric microscope set similar to the one at left, the famous "Piltdown Man" plastic skeleton, four

Show Off Your Smarts!

Will Pearson

You guys sent in some great responses to last week's challenge on myths and urban legends. For this week's challenge, I'd like to see winter holiday-related facts.

Best explanation of art history, ever


This one's for my friend Becky, the art history grad student -- I saw it Overheard in New York: Kid: Mommy, why are there so many pictures of naked people? Mother: Because lots of people we

From the Archives: Burn, Beowulf, Burn


This week's archival tidbits come from Cocktail Party Cheat Sheets: Only a single original manuscript of Beowulf survives, and it was severely damaged in a fire in 1731 while in storage at a p

This just in: being a Neanderthal sucked

Ransom Riggs

... or, as it were, bit. This according to studies performed on Neanderthal bones found in a Spanish cave in 1994, which seem to indicate that many Neanderthals practiced cannibalism.

How To Get Out of Jury Duty

Maggie Koerth-Baker

The Easy Way: Be Famous Hey, we didn't say anything about this being the easily accessible way.

On the 15th day of Xmas, my true love gave to me"¦

Mangesh Hattikudur

I'm not sure what gifting or hanging Christmas-inspired toilet paper says about you, but if you're looking for a way to get the holiday spirit into your bathroom, look no further.