Morning Cup of Links: Judging Cats and Dogs

Miss Cellania

Why you should teach your kids to talk to strangers. Sometimes a stranger can be a lifesaver. * Can You Judge A Cat By Its Color?

Bill Cosby's "To Russell, My Brother, Whom I Slept With"

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The Late Movies: SimCity

Chris Higgins

A new version of SimCity is coming in March 2013.

The Missing Links: Soda Packs a Punch

Colin Patrick

Whatever Happened to Predictability? Allow two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks to fill you in.

7 Ancient Writing Systems That Haven't Been Deciphered Yet

Arika Okrent

Scholars at Oxford University recently asked for help from the public in deciphering an ancient writing system.

Gamera, the Human-Powered Helicopter from Maryland

Chris Higgins

The Sikorsky Prize has been unclaimed since its establishment in 1980.

A Brief History of Political Halloween Masks (and What They Tell Us About the Election)

Amanda Green

You can't visit a Halloween store without seeing the vinyl visages of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.

What’s the Origin of Jack-O’-Lanterns?

Matt Soniak

Erin emailed to ask how we started carving jack-o'-lanterns on Halloween. If you’ve got a question you want me to tackle, email me at

Brain Game: Boy or Girl?

Enjoy a new Word Ladder puzzle as today's Brain Game Wednesday Wordplay challenge.

Morning Cup of Links: Pumpkin Zombie

Miss Cellania

Frank Tanabe is a 93-year-old veteran with terminal cancer who considered it his patriotic duty to cast his absentee ballot.

25 Fun Size Facts About Classic Halloween Candy

Jason English

Yesterday we took an impromptu field trip to a magical place called Economy Candy on the Lower East Side. The place was packed with people, candy, and nostalgia.

The Late Movies: Watch 6 Full Episodes of The Smurfs

Erica Palan

The Smurfs—those lovable little blue imps from 1980s TV—began as a Belgian comic and television franchise.

The Missing Links: Ketchup Goes Kaboom

Colin Patrick

The Man That Cues the Laughter Wally Feresten has been holding up cue cards for cast members and nervous guest hosts on Saturday Night Live for 22 years. * Bullfighting: In Pictures No matter

On The Table With One of History’s Most Infamous Surgeons

Matt Soniak

Imagine lying on a table in a old-school operating room.

Ira Glass on How to Make Balloon Animals...and Relationships

Chris Higgins

So This American Life host Ira Glass made an eighteen-minute video about how to make balloon animals, contributing to Rookie Magazine.