Britney's hair: not exactly the Gift of the Magi

Ransom Riggs

Unlike O'Henry's classic short story, in which a woman who sells her hair to buy a gold watch chain for her husband only to find that he has sold his watch to buy her a set of combs, the tal

Three Things I Didn't Know About the National Hockey League

Jason English

"¢ After struggling through the 1976-77 and 1977-78 seasons in Cleveland, the Barons merged with the Minnesota North Stars. Nothing like this has happened since in the four major sports.

Year of the...

Jason English

If you were born in 1982, you tend to be cold emotionally and sometimes distant at parties. If you're turning 30 this year, you're probably good-looking and might have marital problems, b

"As is painting, so is poetry"


This morning I discovered a flyer in my mailbox advertising "Wordsworth and Keats Fine Interior Housepainting: special attention paid to metre and rhyme." Part of me wanted to believe this w

February: Also National Canned Food Month


That's right. Can it.

How To: Get Detained By Airport Security

Maggie Koerth-Baker

Dangerous Item: Comedians Don't Bring "˜Em To: Myanmar The citizens of this country just want to avoid trouble—the kind that starts with a capital "T" and that rhymes

The Mother of All Demos

Chris Higgins

In 1968, Doug Engelbart led the most famous computer demo of all time.

News flash: young people are obsessed with their appearance

Ransom Riggs

We're not sure we needed the BBC news to tell us this, but according to a recent survey, kids today are hung up on their looks.

Parade Time in New Orleans

Miss Cellania

New Orleans has dozens of parades during Carnival season, culminating in the biggest day of celebration today for Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday.

The World's Geekiest Crossword Puzzle

Will Pearson

In order to solve this crossword puzzle, you'll need to know a bit of Klingon, Elvish, Furbish, Esperanto and a handful of other constructed languages.

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 factoids "turn-up." Today I typed in "the proper pronunc

The Single Life: Single-Celled Organisms


It was a rainy night in LA, and I woke up this morning to find all my plants stretching their necks into the windowpane to try and cash in...Which got me on an anthropomorphic kick & thinking abo

Slamming the Dunk Contest

Jason English

"Everything that's worth inventing has already been invented." So said one of my dad's teachers in the early 1970s, more than thirty years before the Wii.

The Open Letter-Off of '07

Chris Higgins

Over the past few weeks, the web has been buzzing with competing open letters about Digital Rights Management, all starting from a post on February 6 by Steve Jobs.

Killer asteroids are no joke

Ransom Riggs

NASA, who has until now been charged with finding and cataloging NEOs (AKA Near-Earth Objects) larger than 2,300 feet in diameter -- of which there are about 127 -- has had their mission changed.