A Rube Goldberg-inspired post about Rube Goldberg-inspired contraptions

Jason English

Under the guise of conducting important research for a project, a co-worker and I have been watching Rube Goldberg-inspired videos on YouTube. Before I pass along a few of the clips we've been

On Music: Bob Dorough

David K. Israel

You think you don't know the brilliant jazz musician, pianist and songwriter, Bob Dorough, but you're wrong. Remember all those funky School House Rock songs?

The "best" of cable access

Ransom Riggs

Remember public access television?

Spacesuits Go Spandex, Harry Potter Goes Green and Checkers Gets Solved!

Jason Plautz

Who'll Stop the Rain? Countries go to great lengths of make sure the Olympics are perfect- Athens officials took unconventional steps to clear away stray dogs and prostitutes.

Niche Dating Sites

Miss Cellania

Online dating was once regarded as a bit strange, and possibly a last resort of the lonely. Now, online dating sites and social networking are downright commonplace!

When maps get flack


When I was in elementary school, it seemed every other homework project involved making a map--either filling one in (capitals, always capitals), or creating one from scratch.

Survival Tips From Popular Mechanics

Chris Higgins

The August issue of Popular Mechanics is all about survival. While much of the content is available only for subscribers, PM provides some key tidbits free via the web.

Caffeine is everywhere

Ransom Riggs

Has our nation become caffeine-obsessed?

The Great Rock Removal

Jason English

I am not a scientist or particularly handy.

Five Ballpark Promotions That Went Wrong

Jason Plautz

I may be a die-hard Cleveland Indians fan, but that doesn't mean I'll go to the ballpark just for the games. I often choose what tickets I buy based on the promotions.

The First Time News Was Fit To Print, III

Jason English

I'm back with the third installment of our series exploring the first time The New York Times mentioned a particular subject. See the previous volumes here and here. John F.

Tuesday Turnip

David K. Israel

It's time for another Tuesday Turnip wherein I type a random phrase and we see what kind of interesting factoids "turn-up." Today I typed in "longest prison sentence" unear

Driving truck, and then just driving


When I used to look for summer jobs, I always thought it would be instructive, if not entirely profound, to drive truck.

Accio Harry Potter Audiobook

Chris Higgins

(Note: NO SPOILERS in this

Savion Glover: the best on tap

Ransom Riggs

Okay, now I'm a believer.