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Will Pearson

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Who the *&^% is Jackson Pollock?

Ransom Riggs

That was what Teri Horton, a now-retired truck driver from California, said when a friend suggested that a painting Horton had bought at a garage sale looked like the work of the uber-famous artist.

Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Scientist: Lisa Randall


While doing research for an upcoming article on string theory (a "big idea" if we ever saw one), I ran across this interview with Lisa Randall.

Emmitt Smith vs. A.C. Slater

Jason English

When I was 13, Emmitt Smith was the greatest player in the NFL. The biggest name in high school football that year was Albert Clifford "A.C." Slater.

Well, they do both start with "tri"


Y'know, now that the election season is over and we're recovering from the caustic effects of all those horrid political ads, we're feeling kinda touchy-feely.

Bond (James Bond) Week: Our Contest!


Assuming "Casino Royale" doesn't flop a la "The Adventures of Pluto Nash" this weekend (and we think that's a pretty safe assumption), the next Bond movie is slated for N

Eggshell, Burnt Sienna and Prison Pink?

Mangesh Hattikudur

While you might be able to find the soothing Pepto-Bismol shade at your local paint shop, chances are that after this Monday, you won't see the color lining any Kansas City prison walls anymore.

Famous authors' beach party

Ransom Riggs

While visiting Hawaii, both Jack London and Mark Twain both tried surfing. London hung ten in 1907 -- pictured below, sometime afterwards -- and fell in love with it,

Pixels of Perfection!

Mangesh Hattikudur

Oh, man... I know I'm probably not supposed to be promoting other t-shirts on this site, but as a lover of all things Atari, I just couldn't help myself.

Greg Veis, YouTube Hunter: The Walken Chronicles


The YouTube Hunter is as pleased as any pampered coastal elite to see the Borat movie perform as well as it has.

How to Move a Whole Town

Maggie Koerth-Baker

According to the residents of Hibbing, Minnesota Hibbing, Minnesota was a mining town.

Bond (James Bond) Week: What to Eat


Here's the first in our four installments teaching you what to eat, what to drink, how to look, and how to travel if you want to be James Bond -- or, at least, if you wanted in 1965 to be James B

Hey, that tastes like someone I know

Ransom Riggs

For the benefit of all you cooking show fanatics out there -- and I live with one, so I know you're out there -- this is my humble contribution to the genre; a one-word crash-course in modern Ha

Special of the Day for Blog Readers

Will Pearson

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IQ-tips timewarp trip: Ice Breakers

David K. Israel

If you missed yesterday's installment, we're on an IQ-tips timewarp trip this week, dipping into Amy Vanderbilt's classic book from the 1950s, The Complete Book of Etiquette, looking at