Judging a Facebook by its Cover

Mangesh Hattikudur

According to this article from the CBC, the city of Toronto is banning its 23,000 employees from using FaceBook.

How to memorize the whole periodic table

Ransom Riggs

Just as some math geeks strive to memorize pi to 1,000 places (or in the case of British savant and mental_floss bloggee Daniel Tammet, several thousand places), there are science geeks who strive to

An Ill-conceived Design

Mangesh Hattikudur

I have two of the least green thumbs around, so when I saw these hilarious I.V.'s for self-feeding planters, I had to laugh. At least until I saw the price tag (about $316?!).

Great Literary Titles

Jason English

Here was the shortlist: How Green Were the Nazis? Proceedings of the Eighteenth International Seaweed Symposium Better Never To Have Been: The Harm of Coming Into Existence D.

Stress Toys


Oh, the joys of stress relief toys. When I was a kid, my friends and I used to get together at recess and fill balloons with all-purpose flour. Those were good times.

Swords into ploughshares

Ransom Riggs

Or in this case, cannons into children's swings. The cannon in question was left behind by Nazi troops retreating from a Soviet village during WWII. From the ever-fascinating site

Office Fest

Jason English

If you live between the Pocono and Endless Mountains and you're not busy May 19, here's something.

Reviewing The Reviews

Jason English

"A few intuitive, sensitive visionaries may understand and comprehend Ulysses, James Joyce's new and mammoth volume, without going through a course of training or instruction, but the averag

Birds of a Feather, Flocking Together! (granted, unhappily)

Mangesh Hattikudur

Neatorama has a link to Kevin Kelly's crazy piece on the various ways live chickens are carried to the market in different areas of the world.

The Internet Archive Part 5 - Texts and Education

Chris Higgins

We've spent the week browsing through the Internet Archive, highlighting the best bits. Today we wrap up by looking at a few final collections of goodies. First up: the Text Archive.

Recruitment posters (for a fictional war)

Ransom Riggs

Perhaps the most profound upheaval in recent California history, the bloody, cataclysmic, and ultimately inconclusive civil war between Los Angeles and San Francisco produced massive urban devastation

Weekend Word Wrap: words in the shower

David K. Israel

I've never met anyone who doesn't like to cut loose in the shower.

Roadkill art: not quite necromancy, but...


If you're driving any of the more trafficked roads in Illinois, you might come across some of Jessica May's art.

Updating the 'Divine Comedy'

Ransom Riggs

Few works of art can claim to be as ambitious, as inspired or as influential as Dante Alighieri's towering fourteenth-century trilogy The Divine Comedy.

C'mon CNN...

Mangesh Hattikudur

Check out the heading on this screenshot from Kind of funny, but a little misleading considering the text below, right? Seems like a throwaway line in a speech that really wasn't about