Act III: Retirement

Jason English

It's never too early to start planning for retirement. And I don't just mean 401(k) and IRA and ATOFA (All Those Other Financial Acronyms).

Attack of the killer toads

Ransom Riggs

"Huge poisonous monster" -- it's Australian for "toad." Coming to a Downunder metro area near you: poison-skinned toads that weigh nearly two pounds and are as big as a small

No Photoshop Necessary

David K. Israel

Honestly people, the only thing I added are the highlighter boxes! Now tell me: who in their right mind would want to rent from these loons living down the block from

It's BACK!

David K. Israel

Who's ready for Part

Planetary Nebulae: Our Galactic Pallbearers


There's nothing planetary about these nebulae. They were named by William Herschel in the late 18th century; he linked their romantic green hue to those of the methane-shrouded Neptune and

Sick Myths

Jason English

My grandmother has renewed our subscription to Bottom Line Personal, a little magazine perfect for both upper-middle aged people and the average trivia magazine blogger.

What I learned in traffic school

Ransom Riggs

OK, I admit it: I was bad.

On Frivolous Lawsuits

Jason English

A friend of mine is currently on the receiving end of a ridiculously frivolous lawsuit. I'd love to write all about it here, but that's probably not going to help his case.

My Life in the Bush of Ghosts

Chris Higgins

The classic 1981 album "My Life in the Bush of Ghosts," by Brian Eno and David Byrne, has an impressive web site, including a section where you can download the original twenty-four-track ma

Tuesday Turnip

David K. Israel

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

How To: Train A Cat

Maggie Koerth-Baker

YOU WILL NEED To Give Your Cat Some Good Role Models, Such As"¦ --Humphrey, the cat who launched a political scandal Named the Prime Minister's Official Mouser in 1988, former stray H

Scary Little Girls: a quiz for fans of horror movies, or girls

Ransom Riggs

It may be one of cinema's most time-worn psychological horror tropes, but let's face it: little girls can be pretty frightening.

Heaps of Peeps

Miss Cellania

People love Peeps! The marshmallow chicks and bunnys (and other characters for other holidays) are made by Just Born to fill Easter baskets. But Peeps are not just for eating.

Instead of Cutting Her Off, Take Her Out


Oh, boy. Do we really need more interaction while in freeway transit? Isn't it enough when passengers hang out windows & pull vigorously whenever a semi passes?

More Detroit desolation

Ransom Riggs

In part 12 of our continuing photo/video essay on abandonment (no, we don't have issues), we wanted to share some of the most haunting photos on Flickr from inside the wreckage of Detroit buildin