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Boat Names


Ok so, all this talk of baby name consultants makes me wonder about the boat-naming industry.

Video games with a dash of irony

Ransom Riggs

I confess: I used to play video games. Lots of video games. But I was young, and there was some peer pressure, and let's face it, I didn't have that much to do when I was 14.

5 Cars That Became Metaphors (deserved or not)

Miss Cellania

1. Edsel=

The Monty Hall Problem

David K. Israel

Some months ago, I had the honor of interviewing Monty Hall for a story I was writing.

Harry Potter Spoiler Contest!

Mangesh Hattikudur

Believe it or not, we're begging you to spoil the book for us. Heck, we'll even give you a prize for it!

The glorious world of keytars


"Keytar" is just about my favorite portmanteau (shout-out to "cybernetics" and "ginormous"--which i must also welcome to the dictionary).

5 Things I Learned At the End of the Oregon Trail

Chris Higgins

When my parents are in town (Portland, Oregon), I finally get around to seeing local areas of interest.

The Analogist Redux

Jason English

I used to have two cats, until one disappeared. Ever since this happened, my other cat has been wandering aimlessly around the house, pretty much useless.

The world's most expensive homes

Ransom Riggs

Who says the real estate market is cooling off?

Predators and Pray?

Mangesh Hattikudur

If you're looking to put a little Jesus in your paintball routine, make sure to visit Wisconsin's Promised Land, the nation's largest Christian paintball park.

The Priceless Potty, the Jiffy Boob Job and the Squid/Octopus Hybrid

Jason Plautz

The $19 million toilet Okay, we never really expect the government to be too fiscally responsible, but it's still hard to fathom this.

Flight of the Conchords

David K. Israel

Confession time: My wife and I are totally and hopelessly enamored of Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement of the new HBO series, Flight of the Conchords. If you haven't seen the show, it's

The Sun Also Rises on a House Full of Cats


If you haven't heard--or didn't read when we first reported--"about 50" cats live in Ernest Hemingway's former Key West home.

The Word Detective

Chris Higgins

Have you ever wondered about the origin of an unusual word or phrase?

How To: Get Stranded on A Desert Island

Maggie Koerth-Baker