Old Man Viking had a farm


Punkinsmom notes that something seems weird about this report of a fantastic archaeological find -- the funeral pyre of a Viking farmer, buried with a fancy set of weapons, some horse teeth, and a bel

Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Scientist: Hwang Woo-Suk


This week's mad scientist really is. You know him already as the guy who claimed to have cloned a human embryo for its stem cells but lied about key aspects of the work.

Show Off Your Smarts!

Will Pearson

We've had a blast getting so much great feedback from you guys on a few of our recent posts. The Big Idea and Lady Macbeth responses were especially helpful.

Rogue waves are no fish tale

Ransom Riggs

In honor of the Tres Pescadores' some-would-say-heroic fight to survive during nine months adrift at sea, we're taking a gander at another cause of bizarre oceanic disasters (besides "r

8 Things you might not believe about Bob Barker

Mangesh Hattikudur

Since news of Bob Barker's retirement has no doubt sent the world into a state of shock, I decided to cull some "facts" about the legendary Price Is Right game show host from wikipedia.

The world's first and only koala sperm bank


Forgive us if we seem a little dirty-minded today, what with the anatomically-correct baby doll and all, but we had to share this breakthrough in reproductive technology -- if only because the picture

Song stumper: "Rich Girl," but correct, girl?

David K. Israel

Today's song stumper is multi-tiered. In order to win bragging rights, you must answer each tier correctly. Question #1: Gwen Stefani released the single "Rich Girl" in 2005.

Special of the Day for Blog Readers

Will Pearson

We want to say THANK YOU to all of our blog readers by offering a SPECIAL OF THE DAY every day through the holidays. So, here's today's.

Mayor accidentally endorses sex line door-to-door

Mangesh Hattikudur

In one of the saddest headlines I've seen today (and by sad, I mean funny), Reuters is reporting that Oklahoma Mayor Saundra Naifeh spent her "Make a Difference Day" going door-to-door

Music's Greatest Golfers

Jason English

I was listening to "Back in Time" this morning, the Back to the Future anthem made moderately famous by Huey Lewis, The News, and nostalgic 80s radio stations.

Nine months at sea, and all they got was this lousy movie deal

Ransom Riggs

The last guy to famously survive at sea for months on end was a Chinese sailor named Poon Lim, who climbed aboard a life raft after his British merchant ship was torpedoed by German U-boats in 1942.

Doll in the Family


Reader Susan Thomas was out antiquing and stumbled across what may be our favorite toy of all time -- the anatomically correct "Archie Bunker's Grandson"

Contest: Be our "People's Tribune!"


The mid-term elections are almost upon us, and much as we hate campaign ads around here, we thought we ought to express our own support for democracy -- so for this week's contest, we're ele

The NFL and next week's elections

Jason English

+Lynn Swann, former Steeler and owner of four Super Bowl rings, is running for Governor of Pennsylvania against political powerhouse and Democratic incumbent Ed Rendell. Swann is a long

Greg Veis, YouTube Hunter: The Jobs/Gates War


Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. Oh, the outrage they incite.