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Brain Game: Here We Come...

Four Monkees walk into a bar - Davy, Micky, Mike, and Peter.

Batman's butler, Spider-Man's mentor, Superman's boyfriend

David K. Israel

In The Dark Knight, Michael Caine plays Alfred, Bruce Wayne's faithful butler. But Batman isn't the only superhero Caine has crossed paths with.

10 Big Uncle Sams

Miss Cellania

The USA's Uncle Sam is a big man. He's almost always depicted as larger than life. And you'll find him all over the

Morning Cup of Links: Laughing at the Dead

Miss Cellania

The first five minutes of The Dark Knight. If this doesn't pull you into the theaters, nothing will. * Before he was a noted author, Kurt Vonnegut was a POW in Nazi Germany.

The Quick 10: The Origins of 10 of Your Favorite Muppets

Stacy Conradt

I, like a lot of you, grew up on Sesame Street and the Muppets. But do you ever stop to wonder where they came from? Some of the characters we know and love today were recycled from other T.V.

The LOST Book Club

Chris Higgins

Okay, so I have a near-obsessive interest in the TV show LOST. I've read plenty of theories, and I even follow J. Wood's intensely literary blog about the show.

6 Television Firsts (from Canned Laughter to Dropping the "D" Word)

Kara Kovalchik

TV has been so ingrained into our culture for the past few decades that we tend to forget that every little detail of the medium was an innovation at one time.

What About Hybrid Airplanes?

Ransom Riggs

There's been so much hand-wringing lately about both the effects of carbon emissions on the atmosphere and the price of fuel, and nowhere are the effects of both more dramatic than the airline in

Bob Dylan Tickets: We Have a Winner!

Mangesh & Jason

Last week, we mentioned we had two tickets to American Eagle's Summer Festival in Pittsburgh, and said we'd trade them for your most interesting Pittsburgh trivia.

Baby Talk: Jean Liedloff's Continuum Concept

David K. Israel

Nearly four decades ago, during a diamond hunting expedition in the jungles of South America, author Jean Liedloff met an indigenous people named the Yequana, who were/are still living largely as they

Brain Game: Not Quite the World's Smallest Crossword #3

Today, the third Not-Quite-The-World's-Smallest-Crossword in our series. Three clues across, another three down, and you're done.

Why are there 9 Supreme Court Justices? (And why have a Supreme Court at all?)

David Holzel

With the Supreme Court ending its 2007-08 term last week, we thought now was a good time to answer some questions you probably weren't asking (but will nonetheless find interesting).

Morning Cup of Links: Cancer-fighting Sludge Eaters

Miss Cellania

The Gospel of Judas rocked the biblical world a couple of years ago, but the story behind the discovery, translation, and interpretation is as riveting as what the text itself says. * How to kill ti

The Power of Itch

Chris Higgins

In the most recent issue of The New Yorker, Dr. Atul Gawande delves into the mystery of itch, that most curious of sensations that rides the boundary between pain and nuisance.

The Quick 10: 10 Unconventional Scholarships

Sydney Beveridge

With the credit crisis continuing and tuition prices increasing, students scramble for more financial aid. A number of unconventional scholarships are available...

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