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The Hardest Word to Guess in Hangman

Jill Harness

Next time you want to trip someone up in hangman, try using the word "jazz." Mathematician Jon McLoone used a computer simulation that helped him uncover that "jazz" is the hardest

How to Write Movie Scenes

Ransom Riggs

Ever wondered how screenwriters do their thing? Lots of people have, and there's a whole genre of books out there devoted to helping up-and-comers understand the arcane art of movie-writing.

Brain Game: On Broadway

September is here, and right on schedule. When the month arrived, my trivial brain got right to work, wondering why September is the only month with two common abbreviations (Sep. and Sept.).

The Number of the Day: 23:59:60

Colin Patrick

A "leap second" is a single second of time which is sometimes added into the Coordinated Universal Time in order to make it more accurately sync up with astronomical time.

Morning Cup of Links: Chem Lab Accidents

Miss Cellania

You've heard moderate drinking is good for your health. Now evidence shows that heavy drinkers also outlive teetotalers. * Chemistry Lab Horror Stories.

The Late Movies: Simon's Cat

Chris Higgins

If you've been checking out web videos in the past two years, it's a good bet that you've seen Simon's Cat, a video series by animator Simon Tofield featuring the adventures of a m

The Quick 10: 10 of the Biggest Movie Failures Ever

Stacy Conradt

Giving a movie a blockbuster-sized budget doesn't always guarantee a blockbuster at the box office. Here are a few big-budget flops that left theatergoers cold. 1. Town and Country.

A Crash Course in Wikipedia Vandalism

Matt Soniak

Reader Johnny Cat wrote in to ask about which Wikipedia entries have the highest incidences of false information in them.

Fire + Tornado = Oh Jeez

Chris Higgins

So I've seen a tornado form, and, like an idiot, just stood there staring at it -- until it started moving towards me, at which point I ran, and felt the wind pushing at my back, until I was abou

At the Libraries: Cakes Inspired by Children's Books

Miss Kathleen

Every week, Miss Kathleen provides links to a variety of library-related items. If there's something fun going on in your local library, leave us a

What's in a Nickname? The Origins of All 32 NFL Team Names

Scott Allen

What do newspaper headline type and the New Deal have to do with the Oakland Raiders and Philadelphia Eagles?

Are drugstores taking over the world?

David K. Israel

A friend named Stacey, who I grew up with, recently snail-mailed me the map you see above. She documented 8.76 miles of Rte 130 in New Jersey, from our hometown of Cinnaminson to Burlington.

Brain Game: Sandy's Square Dance #4

Happy September, everyone. Sandy's Square Dance involves "word pictures," which use a square as a point of reference. The contents of each square is a clue to an answer, and all three a

Why SNL Will Be Funny Next Season

Ransom Riggs

This keeps happening! A couple of years ago, my very funny pal Michaela Watkins joined the cast of Saturday Night Live.

Morning Cup of Links: Fighting the HOA

Miss Cellania

King Tut’s Family Secrets.

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