Cool Photos from Around the World

Will Pearson

Check out the New Scientist Photographic

Should someone report this to the Humane Society?

Mangesh Hattikudur

Man. As if figuring out your own stellar Halloween costume wasn't difficult enough, apparently there's a lot of pressure now to help man's best friend(s) get into the act.

Celluloid-stumper: Going to 11

David K. Israel

Everyone has his or her favorite Spinal Tap moment: Derek Smalls getting stuck in the plastic pod, David St.

Happy 300 Million America!

David K. Israel

This is a huge week in American history, folks! Sometime either today, tomorrow, or early the next day, our population will hit 300 million, according to the U.S. Bureau of the Census.

Logo know... or no?

Click on the [more...] link and/or scroll further down for the answers. Send us your scores by commenting to this post. (Be

Week in Review: Our own little Idea Festival


Will, Mangesh and I are currently in Louisville for the Idea Festival, which features speeches, presentations, and panels from "a dizzying array of extraordinary thinkers" and also me.

Quiz of the Day: It's Over There ->

Thanks to some keen recoding by our buddy Winslow (thanks!), the Quiz of the Day has returned to its regular spot on this site, in the right-hand column under "Brain Busting Time Killers." T


Ransom Riggs


Found Objects

David K. Israel

In case you missed the first couple editions of Found Objects, the idea of this feature is pretty simple: I'll be posting some sort of visual representation of an object, equation, theory or idea

Thinking way outside the box


Yes, Halloween is coming, and yes, these are what you think they

Wheel in the cage keeps on turnin'


Sometimes I think I just can't please you people. I put up one post, and five seconds later it's "where's the next one? We're bored! Update!

Fun collection of Tongue Twisters

Will Pearson

"Rubber baby buggy bumpers" is child's play compared to this collection of tongue twisters from around the world.

Idiot of the Day: Me

Jason English

While our Reduce Idiocy contest is over, idiocy has not been eradicated. As an example, I submit myself, at a recent physical. My doctor asked me to turn my head and cough.

A genius who had plenty of sex


One thing I've learned in the short time I've been blogging is that you can learn things almost anywhere -- for instance, on the packaging for Stila eyeshadow.

Weekend Word Wrap: obscure and obsolete words

David K. Israel

Though today's Word Wrap is on obscure or obsolete words, I have to start by sending you over to a related site called, created by Jonathan Harris in conjunction with the FABRICA st