I feel so unclean


I've been looking into hospital hygiene for a freelance article I'm working on, and this article from the Times magazine had a doozy of a historical anecdote on the topic.

Idiot of the Day: I spy with my orbicularis oculi...


Oh, how I chortled when I read this submission to our Reduce Idiocy campaign!

Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Scientist: Amy Smith


This week we bring you another mad (and by "mad," we mean "brilliant") scientist who turned up in the research for our upcoming cover story on "The Future" -- Amy Smith,

Missouri: the place to live! (unless you're a baby scarer)

David K. Israel

A couple weeks back we gave you some tips for saving money at the pump in our IQ-tips, mentioning as the best website to find the best prices in your town. Don't ask me why, but I

How to Win at Rock-Paper-Scissors (and also how to cheat)

Jason English

Earlier this month, our YouTube Hunter found some riveting rock-paper-scissors footage.

Idiot of the Day: Who wood-a thunk it?


Reader Maddy nominated a classmate as today's example of what not to say when trying to impress science buffs (or for that matter, anyone else): From the mewling spastic who sits in front of m

The Senate: Even cockier than usual


My friend Fred just wrote a story about a bill stiffening the penalties for animal fighting that made me want to taunt the opposing Congressmen a la Spaceballs: "What's the matter, sir?

When it comes to endowments, size matters

Ransom Riggs

My alma mater made the news last week when Star Wars impresario and fellow graduate George Lucas gifted it -- the USC school of Cinema -- a whopping $175 million.

The Madden Curse strikes again


You've probably heard of the Sports Illustrated Curse, which hangs over the heads of many pro athletes featured on the mag's cover -- but if you aren't completely obsessed with sports-r

Pimp My Casket

Mangesh Hattikudur

The Cellar's Image of the Day has another pic I simply had to share with you guys.

One more thing you might not know about death


This article on 20 Things You Didn't Know About Death (woo hoo!

Popcorn Secret

Jason English

Dog ownership has taught me many lessons, most of them profound. But not all of them. Soon after we brought Bailey home, I started to notice a distinct popcorn aroma.


David K. Israel

What's the coolest thing about the Internet? Ask ten people and you're likely to get ten different answers.

Hitler's Paintings for Sale

Mangesh Hattikudur

Speaking of strange art happenings, I saw this on CNN, and was kind of amazed/disturbed.

Oh, baby: Mona Lisa's Smirk Revealed!

Mangesh Hattikudur

While I can't claim to understand the technology, CNN is reporting that French and Canadian art experts have uncovered the reason for the Mona Lisa's half-smile"¦ apparently, she'd