Refusing to Let Sleeping Dogs Lie

Mangesh Hattikudur

If you're worried about Fido and Sport lazing on your fancy furniture while you're busy at the office, Sofa Guard can help.

Backpack to the Future

Mangesh Hattikudur

According to NewScientist, UPenn Professor Larry Rome has designed a new style of backpack that puts considerably less strain on your body.

The Death of a President-for-Life

Jason English

They say things happen in threes,* and this holiday season was no different.

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." Today I typed in "new year celebrati

The diplomat-parking-violation corruption index

Ransom Riggs

This was in the Times a few weeks ago, and after it was printed ignited a minor firestorm of angry emails from consulates around the world to a meek statistician from Columbia University, Raymond Fism

It's only fitting that we start the new year with some hangover facts

Will Pearson

Happy New Year flossers!

The 12 Days of Quizzes

Three years ago, Kara and I ran a "Twelve Days of Christmas" quiz series on from December 25 until January 5.

Say an African word for "Cheese!"

Mangesh Hattikudur

I don't know what book these bada** photos of African monarchs come from (I found them through ettf), but they looked so amazing I figured they needed to be posted immediately. Check 'em

50 Greatest Cartoons

Will Pearson

PopCandy linked to this collection of The 50 Greatest Cartoons. The list was created by voters in the animation industry in 1994. There are actually clips from 44 of the 50 cartoons

From the Archives: Smooth Criminals


Today's second archival tidbit comes from our current issue, on stands now.

From the Archives: Now, you too can be a diamond! And we're dead serious.


Today's first archival tidbit comes from Scatterbrained: Diamonds are forever, the saying goes—and now you can be a diamond forever, too.

A much more fun way to look at the stock market

Will Pearson

Here's what the data from the NYSE looks like as 3-D art.

It's just like MySpace ...

Ransom Riggs

... except instead of making friends and scoring dates, Westerners with a little extra cash (and a philanthropic bent) meet needy third-worlders looking for low-interest microloans.

Oodles of holiday droodles (well, six of them, anyway)

To celebrate the holidays, here are six "holiday" droodles for you to decipher. Answers appear below the break. Happy holidays,

Everything you ever wanted to know about the Tsukiji Fish Market


I'm currently traveling in Japan, and since I've subjected you to seven Armchair Field Trips in the last two weeks, I think instead I'll let you see for yourselves what I've been