World War I Centennial: Imagining the Demise of France

Erik Sass

Installment #26: One of the big questions facing historians of the First World War is the role played by popular nationalism in the outbreak of hostilities.

5 Disorders Caused by the Internet, TV, Magazines and Movies

Adrienne Crezo

Blame the media!

The Late Movies: Shows Within Shows

Erica Palan

Last week, I shared six fictional bands—and many loyal commenters reminded me of awesomely overlooked fake band Spinal Tap. This week, I've been thinking about fake TV shows.

The Missing Links: Pee-wee Herman Has A Tron Light Cycle*

Colin Patrick

Golf Detroit. Not On A Detroit Golf Course. Just Detroit Itself. Charlie Leduff attempts to better understand the Motor City by grabbing his golf clubs and hitting a ball across the entire city.

AC/DC: The Tesla–Edison Feud

Maggie Ryan Sandford

You’ve probably heard about the famous rivalry between Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison—both giants of electrical engineering whose innovations changed history.

Vi Hart Makes a Video About Making a Video About Making a Video

Chris Higgins

Vi Hart makes videos primarily about math (we've written about her before). But how does she make the videos?

Why Were CD Boxes So Big in the Early 1990s?

Bill DeMain

Image credit: Daniel R. Tobias/Wikimedia CommonsI was working at Tower Records back in the late 1980s, when the compact disc started replacing the vinyl LP. Beyond the arguments over the analog vs.

Ice Cream or Not Ice Cream?

Miss Cellania

As we plod through the heat wave of the summer, few things are more refreshing than an ice cream treat. The biggest problem is getting it from the store to the house before it melts!

17 Famous Literary Characters Almost Named Something Else

Stacy Conradt

Here’s the story of famous characters who experienced an identity change before publication.

Brain Game: Hey, Nineteen

America's states are favorite subjects for the Brain Game Tuesday Test Time challenge. Good luck! Which non-coastal U.S.

Morning Cup of Links: Levitating Light

Miss Cellania

Is the Web Driving Us Mad?

World War I Centennial: Confusion Reigns in Constantinople

Erik Sass

Installment #25: Turkish fortunes took a sharp turn for the worse in 1911-1912, as the ailing multinational Ottoman Empire was first attacked by Italy, then assailed by an Albanian uprising, while the

A Brief History of the Wife Carrying World Championships

Julia Davis

EPA/MARKKU OJALA/LANDOV It’s probably the most painstaking, heart wrenching, and stress inducing test of dedication a marriage can face.

Watch People Buy Guns N' Roses CDs and Tapes at Midnight in 1991

Jason English

This is how we acquired new music in 1991. Lines at midnight! Comically oversized CD packaging! Actual stores!

The Missing Links: Fantastic Non-Fiction Names

Colin Patrick

Taking Lincoln Liberties Let’s get a few things straight about our 16th president. Abe Lincoln was never abducted by two time-traveling California teenagers for a school report.