Add cold water, make hot rice!

Mangesh Hattikudur

A Japanese consulting firm has just developed a genius product called "Hotto! Raisu" where you can make a bowl of hot, steaming rice simply by adding cold water to their clever packaging!

Taking Credit Where It's Due

Mangesh Hattikudur

I'm not sure what's stranger, the fact that the supposedly "classy" Kingfisher has made such a boastful response ad (shouldn't they be above that), or the fact that Kingfisher

Apocalypse Now: 'The Road'

Ransom Riggs

It's not often that a Pulitzer-winning novel's plot synopsis reads like that of a George Romero zombie flick.

Dungeons and Dollhouses

Miss Cellania

Livejournal user Obelia Medusa built this intricately detailed miniature recreation of Frodo's hobbit house, Tiny Bag End.

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." In honor of one of my favorite baseball t

You sure that bouquet means what you think?


It's May, and there's no shortage of occasions for which flowers are appropriate. This and that mother could use some, the graduating nieces, not to mention the wedding party cast.

Equal Time with Fred Thompson

Jason English

If you're lucky "“ and home sick, without TiVo "“ you can spend eight hours watching Law & Order reruns on TNT.

Mike the headless chicken

Ransom Riggs

As long as we're on the subject of surviving horrendous injuries (see our earlier post on Phineas Gage, and last week's list of strange things removed from the human body), we feel compelled

Where are they now? And who were they again?

Jason English

The year was 1999, and there were two groups of people. Those who'd made millions through internet ventures, and those just about to.

The Internet Archive Part 1 - The Wayback Machine

Chris Higgins

This week we'll explore the Internet Archive, a modern-day cabinet of wonders-slash-library that hosts tons of educational (and fun) materials online.

A head of his time: Phineas Gage's horrific accident

Ransom Riggs

It may be the most storied head injury in U.S. history -- that the victim survived, at least -- and frankly, I can't believe we haven't blogged about it yet.

Electrically sensitive?

David K. Israel

Daily Mail headlines and sub-headlines are always good for a chuckle. A few weeks back, this photo was accompanied by the following: No, she's NOT a beekeeper.

In Really Bad Taste

Mangesh Hattikudur

The Japanese site 3Yen has a photo of what they're dubbing "the worst beverage in the history of mankind"—a carbonated soda flavored to taste like Octopus Dumplings?!

How to Hack into a Beehive

Mangesh Hattikudur

New Scientist has an interesting bit today on how the small hive beetle has been able to penetrate beehives.

If James Bond wore flip-flops

Mangesh Hattikudur

While the universal bane of beachwear is figuring how best to tote your cash and keys, these new flip-flops from Spyder seem to have the problem covered.