She's fallen and she definitely can't get up

Mangesh Hattikudur

Check out this smart ad I saw at TheCellar.

Spy Versus Spy: American Revolution Edition


Say a little prayer for Nathan Hale, America's first spy, who gave his famous "I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country" speech 230 years ago today before being han

Weekend Word Wrap: Euphemisms

David K. Israel

In the beginning there was the word"¦ you just couldn't say it.

Obscure Policy Wonk

Jason English

I took this picture during Game 3 of the 2002 NBA Finals. The New Jersey Nets were hanging with the superior Lakers, and I was cruising for snacks. The no-cap policy struck me strange.

Afterward, the winner feasted on foie gras


From the Sydney Morning Herald comes news of yet another bizarre festival soon to be protested by PETA: "As part of the Basque San Antolin festival, a contestant in the 'Antzar Eguna' (

The Jetsons were originally a flop

Will Pearson

This Saturday marks the 44th anniversary of "The Jetsons" debut on television.

Yes, Virginia, we're writing about this in September


The most frequently reprinted editorial column in American history -- the famous "Yes, Virginia" paean to childhood wonder and belief in Santa Claus -- was published 109 years ago today in t

You asked: Why do I need a haircut?


A reader named Brooks wanted to know: "Why does the hair on your head constantly grow while the hair on your body has a limit?" Technically, the hair on your head has a limit too -- like

Shameful Animation

Mangesh Hattikudur

Years ago, I went to go see Spike Lee talk about his then-new movie Bamboozled at a campus forum, and I was stunned to hear about how he had planned on using animation in the film.

Healthy as a horse, but without a pulse

Mangesh Hattikudur

The Tech Review has a great article that I don't fully understand, about a new type of artificial heart that doesn't beat.

Finally, some truly Happy Meals

Mangesh Hattikudur

It's kind of embarrassing to admit that, while I'm no fast-food junkie, I am pretty fond of McDonald's breakfasts.

... but do they offer turndown service?

Ransom Riggs

If the trend-setting Hiltons are involved, the Next Big Thing can't be far.

Celluloid-stumper: Paprikash

David K. Israel

Today's the first day of Autumn [ed. note: actually it's the 23rd!

Hot Wheels

David K. Israel

Next time you're bored at work, and have grown (momentarily) tired with our groovy blog, swing on over to The Old Car Manual Project "“ it's quite possibly the most fun I've had on

Watercooler Ammo: "Lucy's baby"


A 3.3-million-year-old skull of a juvenile Australopithecus afarensis -- you know the species as "Lucy," the fine fossil specimen named after the Beatles' ode to LSD -- has been found i