12 College Classes We Wish Our Schools Had Offered

Stacy Conradt

I took a course last semester called "Research Methods and Theory." It was as exciting as it sounds. I would much rather have been taking one of these 12 classes.

Time To Give Away Some Books

Jason English

The responses to last week's call for Presidential trivia have been outstanding. But we're contractually obligated to pick our three favorites (that we hadn't heard before).

The Plague: One of Five Infamous Epidemics We Hope We Never See

Chris Weber

OH RATS!: THE PLAGUE "¢ The greatest plague of the fourteenth century was known as the Great Mortality.

Who's watching 'The War'?

Ransom Riggs

Hey, is anybody watching Ken Burns' new 14-hour documentary, The War?

Blade Runner: The Final Cut

Chris Higgins

I'm a huge Blade Runner fan, and have been anticipating Blade Runner: The Final Cut for years.

Feel Art Again: Albrecht Dürer's "Self-Portrait at 26"

Andréa Fernandes

Albrecht Dürer was a master of self-promotion, as he began his artistic career at age 13 with a self-portrait.

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 bits of information "turn-up." In the spirit of our cool Ex-P

October Getaways

Miss Cellania

October is a wonderful month for just about anything, including travel. The temperatures are pleasant, the rates are off-peak, roads are less crowded, and there are lots of special events happening.

October 2, 2007

Miss Cellania

The truth about Sputnik.

Never a Doll Moment: Re-headed Brazilian dolls, and beheaded historical ones


Lampião (1898-1938), born Virgulino Ferreira da Silva, was a bandit considered a Robin Hood of Northeast Brazil by his apologists (though isn't the job of all apologists to liken their bad boys

Frankenfoods: Six Snacks Prepared In The Lab

Stacy Conradt

1. Carbonated Fruit While enjoying a nice, crisp apple or a ripe, juicy pear, do you ever think to yourself, "This would be so much better with a little carbon dioxide"?

Syphilis: One of Five Infamous Epidemics We Hope We Never See

Chris Weber

I first approached Jason and Mangesh because I wanted to write an article about rare skin diseases.


Chris Higgins

Watching Layer Tennis last Friday, commentator John Gruber compared the competition to Calvinball, which brought me back to my childhood, reading the Sunday funnies. Remember Calvinball?

The First Time News Was Fit To Print, IX

Jason English

More old news from the Times archives.

Songs to get you motivated!

Ransom Riggs

"You can do it!" "Reach for the stars!" "Never give up!" These and other motivational platitudes echo endlessly through the cubicles and classrooms of modern-day Ameri