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Building a Urinal and Other Ways to Repurpose Old Video Game Cartridges

Colin Patrick

A lot of us have old video games lying around somewhere. Maybe some old Nintendo games in the attic. Boxes of Sega Genesis cartridges cluttering up the basement.

11 Fictional Family Trees

Miss Cellania

They say you can't tell the players without a program! When a story is an "epic saga" or a long-running series, some kind of guide will help immensely.

Brain Game: Sink or Swim

Last week's Think Thursday "reinterpret-the-photo" challenge received a nice response, so here's a new one for today's Brain Game.

Andrew Huang's Incredible Short Films

Ransom Riggs

My friend Andy was one of the most brilliant visual thinkers I knew in film school, and since graduation a few years ago he's been doing us all proud by making incredible short films and music vi

Morning Cup of Links: Atomic 'Toons

Miss Cellania

Tatiana and Krista Hogan 4-year-old craniopagus conjoined twins. The connection between their brains may allow them to feel each other's sensations, and possibly read each other's thoughts!

Not-So-Famous Firsts: Food Packaging Edition

Kara Kovalchik

Have you ever wondered why Chinese carry-out is packaged in those wire-handled boxes? Or who came up with the idea of squeezing a dollop of ketchup into a foil packet?

Five Words Worth $400 Million

Stacy Conradt

You might not know Michael Buffer by name, but trust me, you know his work: Buffer came up with the catchphrase "Let's Get Ready to Rumble" thanks to a little inspiration from

The Late Movies: Nike's Slo-Mo Golf Ball Videos

Chris Higgins

In 2008, Nike put together a series of slow-motion videos in which golf balls were shot through various objects.

The Last King of New Jersey: The Suburban Life of Napoleon’s Brother

Matt Soniak

Meet Jersey Joe Bonaparte.

Fresh Perspectives: GOP Candidates

David K. Israel

Time for another episode of Fresh Perspectives! These kids are adorable and soo smart. If you missed the earlier episodes, here's one on Libya and another on the death of Bin

How Did You Know? – Day 2 Level 3/Bonus Round

David K. Israel

YES! You can play this challenge/contest without knowing a thing about the weekly hunt! It's sort of a one-off - a stand-alone if you will.

Awesome Art/Science Installation: Six-Forty by Four-Eighty

Chris Higgins

You may know "Six-Forty by Four-Eighty" as the pixels dimensions of a VGA monitor.

Early Oprah

Sydney Beveridge

With the Oprah Winfrey Show ending today, here are some earlier clips of the media icon from before her epic television program took off. Teenage Oprah got her start in media as a part-time news re

How Does One Become a Life Coach?

Scott Allen

Few individuals have done more to promote the field of personal life coaching than Oprah Winfrey.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children: Chapter Three

Ransom Riggs

I'm beginning to feel like Charles Dickens, serializing my novel like this!