The 1900 Olympics featured a live pigeon shooting event. The winner bagged 21 pigeons.
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
Like many media-saturated cinephiles my age, I grew up loving Blue Velvet, Eraserhead, the often-overlooked Elephant Man and the rest of David Lynch's bizarre canon.
If Magnetic Poetry and your kindergartener's refrigerator art work has lost its charm, perhaps it's time to invest in something that will put that geeky smile back on your face: Frigits Delu
Yahoo News is reporting today that Australian researchers have just developed a t-shirt that turns the sweet music of air guitar-ing into a reality.
You guys seemed to appreciate last week's IQ-tips on remote control etiquette so much, it gave me an idea: how about we take a journey through the etiquette of our past, an IQ-tips timewarp trip.
"The last big football game Rutgers played was the first college football game ever," the great Tony Kornheiser said last Thursday, referring to a 6-4 victory over Princeton in 1869.
For nearly 80 years, it was dismissed as a folktale. A budding journalist in a male-dominated field, Dorothy Lawrence was nineteen years old, British, and the year was 1915.
After watching the video of the Helsinki Complaints Choir a few dozen times (and having the song stuck in my head all week), I couldn't help but gripe this weekÂ about all the other stuff that wa
As you may recall, Will, Mangesh and I traveled to the Idea Festival a few weeks ago, and one of the speakers we had the privilege of hearing was Burt Rutan -- whoÂ believes you can fly, provided you
"It's the best thing since...you know what" has replaced its sliced bread predecessor as the go-to saying when praising innovation. This is lazy and this is a
Hello, I'm a volcano. (Well, almost -- I'm a volcanic cinder cone, the simplest kind of volcano.
Y'know, as fun as it is to give Alex Kuczynski a hard time, occasionally her shopping column in the Times provides some useful information.
"Real Texas cowboys started manufacturing somethi
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In Jim Wegryn's book, A Barrel Full of Words: A Treasury of Wordplay in his chapter on homophones, he introduces a fun concept he calls dittograms.
Some pretty disturbing cartoon ads from the Philippine Animal Welfare Society, particularly the Scooby Snack.