Fifth Caption Contest Finalists!

David K. Israel

[We're still accepting votes!] Thanks to all who entered our 5th Caption Contest. Now the fun really begins: it's up to YOU to pick the winner.

Lights, camera...painful auditions


It's Thursday, just one day closer to opening night of the American Idol, Season 7! Will there be a Sanjaya redux? Will Seattle be crowned the worst audition city yet again?

How a Mohammad Statue Ended up at the Supreme Court

Matt Soniak

The other day, Will and Jason told me about a Mohammad statue at the Supreme Court they heard about on This American Life.

130-Year-Old Pun Still Makes Us Chortle

Ransom Riggs

It's not every day that a 130-year-old joke makes me laugh for five minutes.

The Weird Week ending January 11th.

Miss Cellania

Where's the Beef? A truck carrying $100,000 worth of prizewinning bulls headed for a professional bullriding show was hijacked in Nashville last Friday.

Why Can't You Be President?

Jason English

I would never survive a presidential campaign. My oration lacks charisma. I'm not a fan of business travel.

Notable People Named Louis

Jason English

We kicked off this series last Friday by listing Notable People Named Karen. Today, let's create the definitive list of people named Louis. (Or

A Mean Chocolate Chip Cookie

Chris Higgins

Food writer Meg Hourihan went on a quest for the best chocolate chip cookie recipe, and ended up with 26 recipes after just 24 hours.

Weekend Word Wrap: Mental Jotto

David K. Israel

For those word game lovers out there who've had the privileged of knowing Leonard Bernstein (or any of his friends or family) or, alternatively, read my novel Behind Everyman, you already know ho

January 11th, 2008

Miss Cellania

The Placebo Effect in Weight Loss. Hotel maids lost weight only after they were told their jobs made them adequately active. * Are self-help books just moneymaking scams?

Top headlines in your hometown


Even though I no longer live in the town where I was raised, I have its local newspaper saved in my bookmarks.

Feel Art Again: "The Roses of Heliogabalus"

Andréa Fernandes

Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema's "The Roses of Heliogabalus" is one of his most famous paintings, and also a representation of one of the most well-known stories about the Roman Emperor Heli

5 Winter Sports The Olympics Are Missing

Ethan Trex

Winter sports fall into three convenient categories: Hockey, Things That Claim to Not Be Hockey But Aren't Fooling Anyone (bandy, ringette, broomball, etc.) and Things That are Not Hockey.

6 Tyrannical Bosses Far Worse Than Yours

Stacy Conradt

We've all had those days (weeks"¦ months"¦) at work. Nothing seems to go right. Anything that can possibly go wrong does go wrong.

6 Less-Than-Helpful Infographics

Ransom Riggs

Just as we once preferred picture books to boring word-only books, we as a society like our information doled out in bite-sized, highly graphic form.