The drought in Philly

David K. Israel

Despite that I spent almost 15 years in New York City, despite that I've now lived in Los Angeles for nearly two years, despite that I spent four years in New England, my sports allegiances are s

Pizza and your face: is there a connection?

Ransom Riggs

Hey, Pizzaface! You've heard it before, though it's long been assumed to be an urban legend: junk food makes your face break out.

Mr. Wizard


Very sad to learn about the passing of Don Herbert, most famously known as Mr. Wizard. He died yesterday at the age of 89. He was part Mr.

Spare Change

Jason English

Here's something random for you. I've been tossing my change into this old pretzel container for years. On Saturday, I will head to the bank for the official counting.

Photosynth Demo: the Future of Pictures?

Chris Higgins

We've mentioned TED Talks before, and a new video from TED 2007 has surfaced, showing Blaise Aguera y Arcas giving a demo of Sea Dragon and Photosynth technology recently acquired by Microsoft.

Viral meme all your friends already know about, #12: Evolution

Ransom Riggs

I'm dusting off one of blogger Mary's old columns -- hey Newsweek, quit stealing our writers!

Nuts for toffee

David K. Israel

Lately I've been going through a toffee phase.

Unplugged: Revisited (The Quiz)

Jason English

Last week, if you asked me what year MTV Unplugged was canceled, I'd have guessed 1999.

It's just that name generators are so much fun...


They just are! Smurf name generators, Mafia name generators, anagram generators, palindrome generators, et al.

The Yip Yips

Chris Higgins

I don't know how I managed to miss this as a child, but this video of the Sesame Street Yip Yips meeting a telephone has been stuck in my head for two weeks now: If you like that, check ou

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 "gas prices by

The coolest exoplanets

Ransom Riggs

You may not realize it from reading the news, but so many extrasolar planets are being discovered now that most aren't even reported.

Internet Bacon

Miss Cellania

The prevailing lore is that once you discount spam (which we all try to ignore), 98% of the internet is composed of cats, pornography, MySpace, and bacon. Bacon? Yeah, bacon is all over the internet.

Time Capsules


We're nearing the 50th anniversary of the interment of a certain famous '57 Plymouth.

Who needs batteries?

Ransom Riggs

Heavy, clumsy, expensive and toxic, batteries are a royal pain.