Deipnophobia is the fear of dinner party conversations.
When it comes to isms, Ferris Bueller, not Trotsky, probably has the most memorable line: "-Ism's in my opinion," he said, "are not good.
North America's newest dinosaur had the makings of a monster: razor-sharp claws, a runner's body, and similarities with the Velociraptor of Jurassic Park infamy.
Yesterday marked the 109th anniversary of the death of Sir Frederick William Burton (1816-1900).
(2) William Shakespeare
You may remember Shakespeare as arguably the greatest and most influential author. That should about do it. What, you want more?
(7) General Douglas MacArthur
MacArthur had the sort of brilliant military career new recruits can only dream of.
When it comes to medication, what you don't know could kill you. Or cause eyelid droop, amnesia and decreased sweating. We've scoured the warning labels for possible side effects.
While a fair number of celebrities come from classic rags-to-riches stories, or at least Gap-to-Gucci stories, there are also some who were born into wealth and success.
Clay Shirky is an adjunct professor of New Media at NYU. He writes about technology (okay, pretty much just the internet) and its effects on relationships and culture.
(6) Walt Disney
Disney turned an animated steamboat-driving mouse into an industry that completely legitimized cartoons and gave him a massive fortune.
We're so excited to have author, journalist, and Brown University senior (he's still a senior!) Kevin Roose blogging with us this week.
(3) Louis Pasteur
Pasteur was microbiology's one-man wrecking crew.
Every year, the NCAA men's basketball tournament field features at least a handful of teams that leaves casual fans puzzled as they start to fill out their brackets.
(5) James Joyce
Joyce's mastery of language and inventiveness with new literary forms made him possibly the most critically acclaimed and influential novelist of the 20th century.
Slave, traveler, evangelist, abolitionist, and saint.
We'll yield the floor to the Encyclopedia Britannica on this one: "Widely regarded as the greatest composer who ever lived, Ludwig van Beethoven dominates a period of musical