19 Wildly Dangerous Home Remedies From 100 Years Ago

Adrienne Crezo

It's hard to understand just how far medical science has progressed over the last hundred years ... until you look at what passed for standard, advisable treatment back then.

Who's the Best Tetris Player in the World?

Chris Higgins

In the new documentary Ecstasy of Order: The Tetris Masters, we get to see the top Tetris players in the world duke it out, to discover who is truly the master of the game.

Schlock the Vote: 22 Ridiculous Convention-Themed Items

Matthew J.X. Malady

This week in Tampa, those attending the 2012 Republican National Convention will exchange far more than plans for adjusting the tax code and adjective-laden riffs relating to the hairstyles of Romney

That Time the U.S. and Britain Nearly Went to War Over a Pig

Dan Lewis

Dan Lewis runs the wildly popular daily newsletter Now I Know (“Learn Something New Every Day, By Email”). To subscribe to his daily email, click

Brain Game: Blue, Brown, and Red

The 2010 U.S. Census has provided source data for many of our puzzles, and today's Brain Game Tuesday Test Time challenge is a prime example.

Morning Cup of Links: Naptime!

Miss Cellania

California experienced 300 earthquakes in one day. None were all that powerful, but what might come next? * The Best Of The Internet's Reaction To The Botched "Ecce Homo" Painting.

How Nixon's Trip to China Inspired a Great American Opera

the mag

by Seth Colter Walls Just 13 years after President Richard Nixon’s resignation, a heroic opera about him seemed like a sure flop. Today, it’s part of the global

The Late Movies: Celebrating Moldova's Independence

Andréa Fernandes

Today marks the 21st anniversary of Moldova's declaration of independence from the Soviet Union. What better way to celebrate independence than with pop music and rock 'n' roll?

The Missing Links: Weird Wikis

Colin Patrick

Happy 60th Birthday to Pee-wee Herman Paul Reubens, the man who plays everyone’s favorite eternal child Pee-wee Herman, is turning 60 years old today.

Curiosity's Landing - Best Video Yet

Chris Higgins

In this stunning video, we see the best view yet available of NASA's Discovery lander speeding towards the surface of Mars.

The Great Chicago Fire Wasn't Even the Biggest Fire That Day

Jill Harness

You've surely heard the story of the Great Chicago Fire (which wasn't really started by a cow).

8 Lovely Libraries in Australia and New Zealand

Jill Harness

We’ve covered Europe's, Asia's, Africa's, North America's and South America’s most beautiful libraries; now it’s time to take a look at Australia and, while it isn’t technically a

Brain Game: Math Square #135

Today's Brain Game Monday Math Square challenge follows: Place the digits 1 through 9 in the white blanks so that the mathematical equations work both across and down.

Morning Cup of Links: Spider-Man at 50

Miss Cellania

Tropical storm Isaac is scheduled to hit Louisiana on the seventh anniversary of Katrina.

The 1927 U.S. Plan to Invade Canada

Dan Lewis

While the United States and Canada are friendly neighbors, things can change. And in 1927, the U.S. planned for just such a scenario.