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

15% off the Brain Teaser. This package includes any one of our t-shirts and any 6 of our back issues. Just use the discount code "teaser" while checking

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

Best of Bobby Knight

Jason English

Bob Knight was at it again last night, giving one of his players a little shot to the chin. Now, Knight's bashers are surely going to call for his head.

Because you can't spell "scientists" without "scents"


This month's Scientific American has a hilarious piece on perfumes inspired by great minds, including: J.

Celluloid Stumper: Bond Week. James Bond Week.


Seeing as how it's T minus four days to Casino Royale, we'll be bringing you excerpts all week from The Book of Bond, a snappy, hard-to-find instruction manual from 1965 that promises to mak

So Uncool It's Cool: The Corduroy Club


I was in Georgia this weekend, so tragically, I missed the second annual meeting of the Corduroy Club, an organization so ridiculous and Dave Eggers-ish that I'm sure it actually does exist.

And then there was the Leaf Personal Light


Even more awesome gadgetry! These two lamps are both on American Inventor Spot's new list of great office supplies.

Special of the Day for Blog Readers

Will Pearson

15% off our 2007 "Spot The Big Fat Lie" Desk Calendar. When checking out, you'll have the opportunity to put in the discount code "desk" and the discount will be applied.

Just the thing for your favorite tapeworm enthusiast!


Since Mangesh is all about the wacky inventions today, I thought I'd put this one up too -- because I need a verdict: Is this incredibly cool, or is it Hypercolor in a science-y (and somewhat gr