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Hey, how'd he do that?

Ransom Riggs

Film director Michel Gondry sports a well-earned reputation for being a cinematic trickster, as well as a lover of puzzles and games.

Found Objects

David K. Israel

It's been a very long time since I dropped some objects in the blog. You guys seemed to enjoy them, so I thought it high time for a revival.

Viral meme all your friends already know about, #4: Loituma Girl


Do not, repeat, do NOT click on this link if you actually have something even slightly, vaguely important to do today, or if you are at all worried about maintaining your sanity. Okay, fine, click.

Pun of the week

Ransom Riggs

I saw this along the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu and had to pull out my camera.

Greg Veis, YouTube Hunter: From the Annals of Dumb Criminalia


Along with playing chess and watching my friends have sex, I derive endless enjoyment from Dumb Criminal videos.

How To: Change Your Name

Maggie Koerth-Baker

Because the Government's Making You Naming your baby Brooklynn, America, or Lindsee might be acceptable (if mockable) in the good ol' US of A, but don't try a stunt like that in Denmar

If you love those Mac ads in English"¦

Mangesh Hattikudur

chances are you're going to love "˜em in Japanese! Or maybe not.

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 "Einstein quotes&qu

Born to be rude

Ransom Riggs

Scientists discover the darndest things -- especially by accident.

Allah vs. God


There's an interesting debate going on at the Guardian about why English-speakers use the word Allah to refer to the Muslim version of God: There is no logical reason for this.

I'm not sure what's more troubling...



Be nice, and your brain will grow

Ransom Riggs

Or maybe it's the other way around: if your brain grows -- a specific region of the brain which scientists have recently linked to altruistic behavior, that is -- you'll be nice.

7 Gadgets You Don't Want to Admit Owning

Will Pearson

From the USB-powered butt cooler to the earwax remover with a camera attached, here are 7 gadgets you had no idea you needed so badly.

Memories of Action Park

Jason English

"You know you're from New Jersey," the chain email I receive roughly twice a year keeps telling me, "if you remember Action Park and were seriously injured there." I assume e

Small things bright and beautiful

Mangesh Hattikudur

I'm not really into insects, but I found this image at ettf, and was so stunned by the colors that I had to look it up. Apparently, the pic is of a caterpillar cecropia moth.