Weekend Links: How to Read a Victorian Novel

Allison Keene

Sadly I don't read as many books as I used to. I grew up an incorrigible bookworm, but so much time now is taken up with TV and internet (forsooth!).

Permission to Sin: Why The 7 Deadlies Aren't So Terrible After All

Judy Dutton

Scientists have found that the seven deadly sins aren't all bad. Consider this your official permission to give in to

World War I Centennial: France Tells Russia England Will Fight Germany

Erik Sass

Installment #31: After the Russian and French general staffs met in Paris in July 1912, French Prime Minister Raymond Poincaré (above, at right) followed up with a trip of his own to St.

The Late Movies: Oh, Those Clever Octopi

Andréa Fernandes

Octopi are pretty clever creatures with a whole wealth of skills; some people believe their intelligence levels are on par with those of cats and dogs.

The Missing Links: The Anthropology of Comedy

Colin Patrick

It’s Casual Dress Friday It’s Friday, so you may be at your office right now wearing jeans. If so, your office is one of many with a relaxed end-of-week dress code.

16 Old-Timey Slang Terms to Describe Being Drunk

Jason English

As I continue flipping through my copy of the Dictionary of American Slang (1967), it seems like every page has a new term for "drunk." We've discussed "on a toot" (a drunken

Rest in Peace, Baby Beluga

Lucas Reilly

The whale that sparked decades of elementary school sing-alongs has swum to the big ocean in the sky.

If You'd Been Born 50 Years Earlier, Where Would You Have Worked?

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.

24 Library-Centric Sites We Love

Miss Kathleen

Each week I provide links to stories about libraries, authors, and books. Today we're going to do something different!

Crime Doesn't Pay (Well): The Economics of Bank Robberies

Matt Soniak

Hollywood always makes bank robberies look so easy (with some notable exceptions).

The Best Photos of Mars Since Curiosity's Landing

Jason English

It's been 11 days since an inebriated Chris Higgins live-blogged Curiosity's landing. What's the rover been up to? Here's a round-up of the best photos of Mars since the

6 Unusual Members of Mother Nature's Bomb Squad

Rob Lammle

Police, military, and security personnel have used dogs for years to locate explosives.

Brain Game: Dance Away

It's time to don your thinking cap and tackle today's Brain Game Free-for-all Friday challenge.

Morning Cup of Links: Save Tesla's Lab

Andréa Fernandes

Miss Cellania is on vacation, so I’ll be filling in this week. Enjoy! Big news: Ecuador has granted Julian Assange political asylum...

The New Single-Medal Countries (and Two That Left the List)

Jason Plautz

A few weeks ago, we gave you 21 countries that have only won a single Olympic medal.