Funding for niche scholars...


Financing one's education can be a frustrating nexus of half and full nelsons. If you're lucky, you'll graduate hungover and delivered into the patient, staid lap of Ms. Sallie Mae.

Bee Karaoke, Green Blood, and why Global Warming is causing kittens!

Jason Plautz

Holy Alternative Energy Sources!: According to the BBC, Pope Benedict XVI is on his way to becoming the most eco-friendly pope ever by replacing the roof of the Paul VI auditorium with solar cells.

Etch-a-sketch art

Ransom Riggs

Now this is what I call outsider art: no pencils, brushes or paints of any kind necessary, just that famously frustrating kiddie toy, the Etch-a-Sketch, on which it's a feat of coordination to ev

Top 50 Most Expensive Cities

David K. Israel

A comprehensive cost of living survey was recently conducted by Mercer Human Resource Consulting and, for the second year in a row, Moscow topped the list. I've been to Moscow.

The Sorted Books Project

Chris Higgins

Artist Nina Katchadourian creates narratives by arranging books on shelves.

Drinking bleach: the details


Drinking bleach used to be a much-beloved threat I'd whip at my parents or caretakers.

Are You Color Blind?

Chris Higgins

Last week's Tone Deafness Test was popular, so this week let's talk Color Blindness.

Disgusting Flavors We Never Got a Chance to Love

Mangesh Hattikudur

We're not sure what flavor you like your laxatives, PEZ and tortilla chips, but we're guessing these aren't them.

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 first nonprofi

Famous last words: the quiz

Ransom Riggs

Whether they be witty, poetic, heart-wrenching or just "Aaagh!," you only get one shot at making a last impression. Can you match the historical figure to his famous last words? Take the

Renegade, Evergreen Battle for Nomination

Jason English

My friend Rody Perez "“ the self-proclaimed Huguenot and presumptive Democratic nominee in 2024 "“ sent me this Washington Post article about Secret Service Code Names.

Killer Home Decor

Miss Cellania

Have you ever had visions of living like The Addams Family? Or maybe you just want to make your family and friends wonder about you.

Meditation can change your mind, literally

Ransom Riggs

It was one of those things that in retrospect seemed like a no-brainer (pun intended): neuroscientists studying Tibetan monks discovered that thousands of hours of serious meditation can physically ch

Roller Pigeons

Chris Higgins

Last week I discussed Homing Pigeons; now it's time for an introduction to the strange world of Roller Pigeons.

Airlines That Never Reached Their Cruising Altitude

Jason English

PEOPLExpress Airlines (1981-1987). Here's how Homer Simpson put it: "It all happened during the magical summer of 1985.