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You probably won't shoot your eye out, after all

Ransom Riggs

... but you just might suffer a fatal car accident, have a heart attack or fall to your death (though probably not all at the same time), according to a recent study by National Geographic.

Graham Crackers

David K. Israel

I saw this ad in a magazine recently and my heart sank. Could it be that people really don't know who Martha Graham is? The most significant pioneer of modern dance in this country?

How to outwit a sasquatch

Ransom Riggs

Yes, more everyday, practical advice from your friends at Mental_Floss.

On my Christmas list #3: Mid-century scientific stuff


I collect educational Atomic Age gewgaws "“ so far my menagerie includes a complete electric microscope set similar to the one at left, the famous "Piltdown Man" plastic skeleton, four

Show Off Your Smarts!

Will Pearson

You guys sent in some great responses to last week's challenge on myths and urban legends. For this week's challenge, I'd like to see winter holiday-related facts.

Best explanation of art history, ever


This one's for my friend Becky, the art history grad student -- I saw it Overheard in New York: Kid: Mommy, why are there so many pictures of naked people? Mother: Because lots of people we

From the Archives: Burn, Beowulf, Burn


This week's archival tidbits come from Cocktail Party Cheat Sheets: Only a single original manuscript of Beowulf survives, and it was severely damaged in a fire in 1731 while in storage at a p

This just in: being a Neanderthal sucked

Ransom Riggs

... or, as it were, bit. This according to studies performed on Neanderthal bones found in a Spanish cave in 1994, which seem to indicate that many Neanderthals practiced cannibalism.

How To Get Out of Jury Duty

Maggie Koerth-Baker

The Easy Way: Be Famous Hey, we didn't say anything about this being the easily accessible way.

On the 15th day of Xmas, my true love gave to me"¦

Mangesh Hattikudur

I'm not sure what gifting or hanging Christmas-inspired toilet paper says about you, but if you're looking for a way to get the holiday spirit into your bathroom, look no further.

Elvis has left the Health Food Aisle

Mangesh Hattikudur

Anyone who's toured Graceland knows that Elvis the Pelvis loved downing fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches by the fistful.

Good Sports

Jason English

Congratulations to Dwyane Wade of the NBA champion Miami Heat, your 2006 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year. But sportsmanship isn't the first word that comes to mind for a few previous

Matching game: The song remains the same

Ransom Riggs

Hey, fellas and fellettes: matching game time! The following are songs the titles of which also constitute their entire lyrics.

Crazy Chinese Roller Coaster Shopping

Will Pearson

Apparently there's a new supermarket in China where you shop while riding a roller coaster. Is this real? Seems kinda fun but not if you're really hoping to shop.

On my Christmas list #2: A photo by Elinor Carucci


I'm sure this is out of my price range, but I love Carucci's photographs "“ something about her use of deep colors contrasted with very pale skin really speaks to me.