All the presidents' hairstyles


First we were all about executive-branch doodles; now it's about the hair.

Durham, N.C. is smokin' -- no bull!


Here's another fantastic item from an unlikely source -- the DukeMedAlumniNews bulletin.

Thingamajig Thursday: audio plugs

David K. Israel

Whelp, it's Thursday folks. And you know what that means! One more day until the weekend? Nahhh. Try time for another Thingamajig Thursday.

Don't Shoot the Messenger (he just wants to be friends)

Mangesh Hattikudur

According to the BBC, a 52-year old German man named Bernd Dressler has started a "separation agency" to help make breaking up easier.


Mangesh Hattikudur

I stumbled across "The Twisted Films of PES" yesterday, and I was completely mesmerized.

Weird city rankings

Ransom Riggs

Inspired by David's (admittedly bizarre) claim that Missouri is "the" place to live, I decided to get to the bottom of this.

Use the Force "¦ (and also, the soap and washcloth)

Mangesh Hattikudur

I'm not sure which demographic this appeals to, but has the perfect gift for people who a) love Star Wars knock-offs, b) love taking baths, and c) love thinking about their St

I feel so unclean


I've been looking into hospital hygiene for a freelance article I'm working on, and this article from the Times magazine had a doozy of a historical anecdote on the topic.

Idiot of the Day: I spy with my orbicularis oculi...


Oh, how I chortled when I read this submission to our Reduce Idiocy campaign!

Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Scientist: Amy Smith


This week we bring you another mad (and by "mad," we mean "brilliant") scientist who turned up in the research for our upcoming cover story on "The Future" -- Amy Smith,

Missouri: the place to live! (unless you're a baby scarer)

David K. Israel

A couple weeks back we gave you some tips for saving money at the pump in our IQ-tips, mentioning as the best website to find the best prices in your town. Don't ask me why, but I

How to Win at Rock-Paper-Scissors (and also how to cheat)

Jason English

Earlier this month, our YouTube Hunter found some riveting rock-paper-scissors footage.

Idiot of the Day: Who wood-a thunk it?


Reader Maddy nominated a classmate as today's example of what not to say when trying to impress science buffs (or for that matter, anyone else): From the mewling spastic who sits in front of m

The Senate: Even cockier than usual


My friend Fred just wrote a story about a bill stiffening the penalties for animal fighting that made me want to taunt the opposing Congressmen a la Spaceballs: "What's the matter, sir?

When it comes to endowments, size matters

Ransom Riggs

My alma mater made the news last week when Star Wars impresario and fellow graduate George Lucas gifted it -- the USC school of Cinema -- a whopping $175 million.