Armchair Field Trip: Baker, CA

David K. Israel

Today we take a short trip to Baker, California, a small rural town located in the Mojave Desert at the junction of I-15 and CA-127.

The not-so-Mini event of the summer

David K. Israel

So did you know that this past Monday marked the official kick-off of "MINI Takes the States"?

Watercooler Ammo: And about that 19th Amendment...


I really shouldn't be blogging about this -- after all, there's cleaning to be done, babies to be borne, kitchens to be barefoot in -- but Forbes has just published an article with a premise

Armchair Field Trip: The Ringling Museum


Ah, Sarasota -- home to dead fish, American Idol toothpaste, and, on the plus side, the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art.

A possible end to the stem cell debate?

Will Pearson

Although I doubt this will bring an end to the debate on federal funding for stem cell research, scientists have now proven that it's possible to derive stem cells from an embryo without killing

Let the spirit move you -- but not too much

Ransom Riggs

What do ghetto-blasting superfreaks who retrofit their hoopties with massive subwoofers have in common with the most avid of churchgoers?

Sarasota sea life massacre


According to this story, the red tide currently floating off the coast of Sarasota "has not killed fish or caused respiratory problems on Siesta Public Beach, Sarasota County's biggest touri

IQ-tips: Free 411 calls?

David K. Israel

Before I cough up the IQ-tip, I thought I'd pass this along first: According to an item over at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Drivers who cause a wreck while yakking on a cellphone will face

How Fiber Works its Magic

Will Pearson

Nothing makes good morning office chat like fiber talk.

The Weighing Game

Jason English

During a bleak period in the summer of 2001, I ballooned to 227 pounds before swearing off weighing myself. An era of minimal exercise.

Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Scientist: Tom Lehrer


This week we've got another mad scientist who isn't really mad, although, if you go around singing some of his lesser-known songs, people might think you are.

Colorful blob #3 (and an early contest favorite)


You know what to do. By the way, we'd like to challenge Jarred: we'll buy that this is the Predator checking his wristwatch, but what's he doing here? For everybody else: we all k

Moving car, no driver, what could go wrong?


Apparently what all the kids are doing now is ghostriding. I am stunned that no one entered this in our stupid-sports

Dark side of the moon landing


Since we seem to be on a rock n' roll kick today, I thought I should share this, via YesButNoButYes: A reel of film held for 20 years in a Sydney vault could unlock the mystery of what happene

On That Date

Jason English

The Yankees completed the rare five-game sweep in Boston yesterday, giving the Bronx Bombers a 6.5 game lead over their longtime rivals.