DIY Nuke Detector

Ransom Riggs

if your only source of news is the Daily Show or the occasional CNN bottom-of-screen headline crawl, you're probably aware that terrorists want to kill you, your grandpa and quite possibly

The return of the slideshow!

Mangesh Hattikudur

The Raw Feed is reporting today that German researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems in Dresden have figured out a way to turn your phone into a projector, meaning you'll

Public Service Announcement


The toupees are coming! The toupees are coming!

Affection signals?

David K. Israel

There was an interesting article in The New York Times last week about a new book called Two in a Bed: The Social System of Couple Bed Sharing, written by University of Minnesota sociology professor,

Armchair Field Trip: Down by the Shores of Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg


There are actually two Gs on the end of the 45-letter name for this lake in beautiful Webster, Massachusetts, but don't blame us for it not fitting in the subject line -- we never expected to ha

Tuesday Turnip

David K. Israel

It's time for another whimsical Tuesday Turnip Google search wherein I type a random phrase and we see what kind of interesting factoids "turn-up." Today I typed in "more women

Superdome Lives

Jason English

The Louisiana Superdome reopens tonight, a year after the stadium, the city and its people were ravaged by Hurricane Katrina.

The Internet has been around since 1850?

David K. Israel

Some of you might recall this post I did some time ago on English language mishaps found in operating manuals, instructions, and the like.

Contest: They Shoot Idiots, Don't They?


Last week, we announced our new campaign to reduce idiocy across America -- and to kick it off, we asked for examples of stupidity in everyday life.

Banned in the U.S.A: A Bookish Quiz


In honor of Banned Books Week, our well-read research editor Sandy put together the following 12-question cultural-literacy test. The correct answers are after the jump -- how bookish are you? 1.

Spam poetry

Ransom Riggs

Sometimes, random is beautiful.

The Moonwalk Mating Dance

Mangesh Hattikudur

I've seen guys attract women by doing Michael Jackson moonwalks in clubs, but I had no idea the dance-move worked on chicks across the Animal Kingdom.

Tall Women More Likely to Have Twins

Will Pearson

LiveScience reports on a study that shows a link between the height of mothers and the likelihood that they will have twins.

Hail to the Artist-in-Chief

Mangesh Hattikudur

I don't know about you guys, but I'm a compulsive doodler. Even when I'm listening at meetings, my pen has to be drawing something.

Double Jeopardy! An Interview with Ken Jennings


Earlier today we heard from quiz-show whiz Bob Harris -- now we've got Ken Jennings, who is famous for giving our favorite Jeopardy!