Why Do We Say “Pardon My French” When We Curse?

Matt Soniak

My dad always used to preface the dropping of an F-bomb or a tangent of creative profanity with a request that listeners “pardon his French.” Surely you’ve known people who do this too or seen it in m

The White House of Horrors: 4 Ghosts Haunting 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue

Lauren Hansen

Wikimedia Commons Sure, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue isn't exactly the Amityville house, but that big, drafty mansion is one of the most haunted of houses in America.

What's the New "He Can't Even Set the Clock on His VCR"?

Jason English

On Fridays, I post a series of unrelated questions meant to spark conversation in the comments. Answer one, answer all, respond to someone else's reply, whatever you want.

Brain Game: Meet Jill

Say "hi" to young Jill, whose likes and dislikes will help you solve today's Brain Game Free-for-all Friday challenge.

Morning Cup of Links: Frankenstorm

Miss Cellania

Hurricane Sandy is headed for the U.S. and Arctic air may bring in snow from the west.

This Weekend, We're Letting College Kids Take Over

Erin McCarthy

* You might remember that request Jason posted a couple of weeks ago—the one asking college students to pitch us ideas for a little thing we call College Weekend.

World War I Centennial: Turks Defeated at Kirk Kilisse and Kumanovo

Erik Sass

Installment #41: After Montenegro declared war on the Ottoman Empire on October 8, 1912, the situation began to unravel rapidly for the beleaguered Turks.

The Late Movies: Guess The Theme 74

Mark Arminio

It's Thursday, it's late, it's time once again for the game that's sweeping the nation: GUESS THE THEME! All the clips below have something in common.

14 Delightfully Geeky Wedding Cake Toppers

Jill Harness

We’ve seen geeky wedding invitations, wedding rings and wedding gowns, but now it’s time to look at the geeky sculptures resting on the top tier of the cake. 1.

The Missing Links: It's Raining Sharks

Colin Patrick

Search For Bobby Fischer At Your Own

10 Legendary Monsters of North America: Part One

Miss Cellania

Legendary monsters "exist," if only in legend, all over the world. The series of monsters continues with a look at a few strange stories from North America. 1.

Very Rare Air Raid Atari Cartridge Found

Rob Lammle

Back in 2010, I wrote a story about some very rare and very expensive video games.

The Time That Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis Opened Competing Restaurants on the Sunset Strip

Bill DeMain

From 1946 to 1956, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis were show business supernovas.

Trivia Contest With Pat Kiernan Starts Now!

Pat Kiernan

UPDATE: Congratulations to Drew Scheeler, who was the first person to submit all the correct answers, and thanks to everyone for participating! You may have heard that I'm teaming up with

Making Dinosaur Sounds for Jurassic Park

Chris Higgins

How do you make a dinosaur roar, when we have no idea what dinosaurs actually sounded like? The sound designers for Jurassic Park recorded living animals and combined them.