This week we're joined by a special guest blogger. Patricia T. O'Conner, a former editor at The New York Times Book Review, is the author of the national best-seller Woe Is I: The Grammarphobe's Guide to Better English in Plain English, as well as other books about language. She is a regular monthly guest on public radio station WNYC in New York. Learn more at her website, grammarphobia.com. Make her feel welcome!
1. I or Me?
The most common grammatical mistake in English is probably using I... READ ON
Being something of a middlebrow Scotch aficionado myself (if you're in the LA area, join the club!), I know something about spending money on liquor. When you first develop a taste for the stuff and start building a little home collection, you feel OK about anything that doesn't come in a plastic bottle. But it doesn't take long for your palate to graduate from bottom-shelf 10-year-olds to the older stuff, and that's when your little hobby can become a big pain! Absurdly old and rare wines have been... READ ON
The Dick Van Dyke Show may seem dated in some ways, but it broke so much TV ground in an otherwise staid era that it still remains fresh in my mind. Here are 6 things everyone ought to know about The Dick Van Dyke Show.
1. It was all Carl Reiner's Idea
From 1950-54, Carl Reiner cut his show business teeth as a writer/performer on Sid Caesar's Your Show of Shows. His fellow writers on the show included the famous (Mel Brooks) and not-so-famous (Selma Diamond, who would later portray bailiff... READ ON
We milk things for all they're worth in today's Brain Game. All you have to do is figure out what city's name is an anagram of the words below:
Click here for the answer.
Return to the puzzle.
Visit the home... READ ON
5 Psychological Experiments That Prove Humanity is Doomed. They do help us understand the craziness around us.
See how other Americans are spending their economic stimulus checks at the blog How I Spent My Stimulus. You can submit your own report, too!
How Boys Become Boys (and Sometimes Girls). New research explains how three proteins conspire to determine an embryo's sex.
Beyond Rape: A Survivor's Journey. An extensive and heart wrenching account of a victim, a rapist, and the many... READ ON
The CERN Large Hadron Collider made the news last month when a lawsuit was filed by Walter Wagner, over his concerns that the LHC's experiments might destroy the Earth. Wagner hypothesized that the LHC's experiments could create a planet-consuming miniature black hole. Long story short: most physicists think it's quite unlikely that the LHC will kill us all...but because they're scientists, they can't categorically predict what will and will not happen. (There's a good NPR Science Friday program... READ ON
Yesterday marked the 108th anniversary of the death of the Armenian painter Ivan Aivazovsky. Aivazovsky is most famous for his seascapes, which constitute more than half of his oeuvre. Karly Briullov's "Last Day of Pompeii" (previously featured on 'Feel Art Again') had a significant impact on Aivazovsky, influencing some of his work.
1. As a young boy growing up in Theodosia, Ivan Aivazovsky was known to draw in charcoal on the whitewashed walls throughout the town. Luckily, his graffiti did not land him... READ ON
Thomas Jefferson wrote parts of the Declaration of Independence in a Philadelphia tavern.