A Brief History of the Etch A Sketch

Jason English

Everybody's been talking about the Etch A Sketch since Mitt Romney's communications director suggested the candidate would be resetting his campaign after the primaries: "Everything

Who Was Murphy and Why Is There a Bed Named After Him?

Matt Soniak

Image credit: Valet Custom Cabinets & ClosetsThe Murphy Bed, also known as a wall bed, fold down bed or pull down bed, is a bed that’s hinged at one end so it can be folded up and stored verticall

Dietribes: Vim and Vinegar

Allison Keene

• Vinegar is, essentially, fermented fruit, though it can be made from anything containing sugar.

Cabinet Secretary or Piece of Furniture?

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For political science majors. Or people who love furniture.

Every "Itchy & Scratchy Show" Ever

Chris Higgins

One of my favorite parts of The Simpsons is The Itchy & Scratchy Show, a cartoon within a live action show within a cartoon (Itchy & Scratchy is a cartoon on The Krusty the Clown Show,

Name Missouri's Most Populous Cities

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Previous "Name the Largest Cities" quizzes have visited such states as New York, Florida, and Washington. Today, we hit the nation's heartland: Missouri. This will be a tough one, for sure, since the lower part of the Top-10 dips into the 50,000-population range. (TWO HINTS: Three of the cities begin with the same prefix, and none of the 10 begins with the letter J.) A score of 5 or better (50 percent correct) should be considered a "win." Good luck!

5 Horror Movies Starring Inanimate Objects

Cole Gamble

The soul of a horror movie lies in the strength of the monster. Freddy Krueger, Hannibal Lecter—these icons endure because they got under our skin and stayed there long after the lights went up.

Brain Game: Seems Like July

It's the middle of March, but you couldn't tell it by the temperature here in Michigan.

Morning Cup of Links: Titanic Tales

Miss Cellania

Filmmaker James Cameron is planning a solo journey to Challenger Deep, seven miles below sea level.

5 Questions: Author, Author! Part 3

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The Late Movies: Sideways Stories From Wayside School

Erica Palan

Growing up, I couldn't get enough of the Wayside School books by Louis Sachar, who turned 58 years old today.

How 5 Super-Rich Places Got Such Fancy Names

Kathy Benjamin

1. Martha’s

Kid Game Rules With Piotr Kron

David K. Israel

Piotr Kron is an interesting fella living in Hannover, Germany (if his YouTube tags are correct) intent on bringing (what I hope is) humor to the subject of children's game rules.

Can Gay Discharged Soldiers Get Back Into the Army Now?

Matt Soniak

© James Berglie/ZUMA Press/Corbis"Don’t Ask, Don't Tell" was the official U.S. policy on homosexuals in the military for the last 18 years.

A Robot's Life

Chris Higgins

Have you worked in a warehouse? How about a warehouse filled with Roomba-like robots that crawl the floor looking for stuff?