March 4th, 2008

Miss Cellania

An Amazon tribe initiates boys into manhood by subjecting them to ant stings that are many times more painful than bee stings.


Jason English

"¢ Our second College Weekend is rapidly approaching (March 15-16). If you're currently seeking a degree and have one good story in you, pitch it to College Weekend Editor Stacy Conradt.

The Most Amazing Fact Has Been Crowned

Matt Soniak

The space race is over, folks.

The First Time News Was Fit To Print: Volume XXX

Jason English

Every Monday, we venture into the archives of The New York Times to find the first time the paper covered various topics.

Pictures of our Readers' Junk

Ransom Riggs

Thanks to everybody who participated in our third photo challenge: "Show Us Your Junk!" Weird items were found and photographed (if not purchased); you almost get a musty whiff of that sig

One For the Kids: Storyline Online

Chris Higgins

Story time has long been a completely analog process -- employing good old-fashioned print books, read together with a child.

Aerogel You Can Use

Miss Cellania

Is there an end to the wonderful things aerogel can do?

On Music: Björn Türoque: air guitar legend

David K. Israel

Malcolm Gladwell, author of Blink and The Tipping Point says, "Björn Türoque is so good that people with real guitars now have contests to see who can do the best imitation of his air guitar im

March 3rd, 2008

Miss Cellania

Scientists have discovered a gene that is able to block HIV assembly and replication.

The Story of Stuff

David K. Israel

It's possible that we've posted about this before, but in case I'm wrong, or in case you missed it: check out this amazing short called The Story of Stuff. You'll learn a pantload,

10 Celebrity Tombstones Worth a Laugh

Stacy Conradt

You don't really even know there's a cemetery hidden amongst all of the big buildings until you're practically inside Westwood Village Memorial Park.

How Did You Know Neil Konouchi??!

David K. Israel

Congrats to the winner of my first How Did You Know? Trivia Hunt!

Photo Challenge #3: Show Us Your Junk

Chris Higgins

I'm taking a page from Ransom's blog and issuing a new photo challenge!

Weekend Genius Challenge #22: Vowel Movements

Welcome to March... spring is just around the corner! To celebrate, the new Weekend Genius Challenge turns musical.

Weekend Genius Challenge #21 Winner

In our most recent Weekend Genius Challenge, we asked readers to fill us in on odd birthdates, and a few dozen of them obliged.