A whole new kind of brotherhood

Ransom Riggs

That's right: it's Brotherhood 2.0.

Old Rumors About New Coke

Jason English

Did you know that New Coke is used as a punchline every eleven seconds? OK, that's not true.

Even more Japonalia


Good news for those of you who couldn't get enough of my constant posts about Japan (all two of you) -- a reader named "Professor Solomon" writes to tell us he also enjoys spouting off

Thingamajig Thursday: cartouche

David K. Israel

Ho hum, another Thursday, another thingamajig. I bet you guys wonder sometimes: "How many thingamajigs can there be already?" You know what? I wonder the same sometimes.

Imaginary field trip: City of the Apes

Ransom Riggs

Sure, I could blog about some of the actual places I've been recently, and provide some thought-provoking facts about them.

Downer of the day:

Ransom Riggs

Some call the pages moving tributes, others exploitative trash.

Teratomas: Terrible, but Maybe Also Terrific


I just wrote a piece about stem cells, and I'd like to take a moment to talk about one of the things I briefly mention in the article: teratomas, which, like most of the best things in medicine,

Take me out to the matzoball game

David K. Israel

Israel is getting its own baseball league this year "“ the IBL "“ and lots of jokes are going to be made, I'm sure, about the hotdogs being kosher and whether or not games will be playe

The Medical Background of Dr. Brown, Dr. Scholl, Dr. Martens and Dr Pepper

Will Pearson

Before you turn to any doc, it's good to know his/her credentials. Here's the scoop on a few: 

This is the way the world ends

Ransom Riggs

... with a fart, not a whimper. Or, if you prefer, a whammo, a flip or a flush!

Faster, polymers, kill kill kill!


Good news for OCD types who are scared to touch doorknobs (and toilet seats, and public bannisters, and...): Scientists at MIT have developed a type of paint that kills some particularly nasty types o

When it's all about image

Mangesh Hattikudur

As an awful programmer, an even worse web designer, and someone who owns a computer so slow my business partners refer to it as a Tandy, I've seen this icon far too often in the past few years.

Genius behind Ramen stops stirring

Mangesh Hattikudur

I know we're a couple of days behind on this, but I couldn't let the inventor of Ramen Noodles, Momofuku Ando's, passing go without a mention on the site.

Goats on a Tree

Mangesh Hattikudur

Check out these terrific photos from The Cellar.

Guess what these dresses are made of?


Or, if your preferences fall on the prudish end of the spectrum, you may not want