Every once in a while, we hand over the keys to college and graduate students. Here's what they've come up with in the past.
No one knows when, exactly, parents began terrifying their children with the prospect of a post-lunch drowning. But there are a few theories as to why.... READ ON
Many of Shakespeare’s iconic plays feature risqué humor, with crude jokes hidden throughout his works.... READ ON
Most people are probably more concerned with how much money is saved in their piggy bank rather than wondering why exactly we save our spare coins in pig-shaped containers. But how did those containers get that shape?... READ ON
By Andy Luttrell, Eastern Illinois
During my brief stint at art school, I felt like Jane Goodall. I spent time interacting with a strange species: artist. Artists are weird. Even though I have respect for them and what they create, I still get confused when I look at some "artwork." In a tribute to strange pieces of art that are hard to appreciate and seem like nothing more than the work of a wild animal, let's take a look at some crazy ideas that have been masquerading as art.... READ ON
by Tess Baldwin, Hunter College
Ah, public transportation. In the wake of skyrocketing oil prices, it has become a welcome alternative for people across the world. New York City's subway system registers as one of the largest and most complex. However, we all have heard horror stories of the underground world. Thefts, incredible crushes during rush hours, leaky roofs, train cars without air conditioning... the list can go on forever. But rest assured, the NYC subway system has tricks up its winding,... READ ON
It's a fact: castles have fun names. In honor of St. Patrick's Day, we thought we'd challenge you figure out which of these Irish castle names are the real deals. Bonus points if you know where the made-up words are from. OK, you don't really get any bonus points, but you should feel good about yourself. Erin Go Bragh!
Try the Wee Irish Castle Quiz and see how much you... READ ON
TV Characters Who Suffered fromChuck Cunningham Syndromeby Patrick HildebrandtWhy do we watch TV? Yes, because we're lazy, or because our couch is just too comfortable or because that darn gym is just too far of a drive. But more intrinsically, we watch TV because we like and identify with specific characters. Shows really are the sum of their characters. You can have snappy dialogue and sharp production values, but unless you create indelible characters that keep viewers coming back for more,... READ ON
How Much Do You Really Know
About The Presidential Candidates?
By Abby Shepherd
Foreign policy experience, health care plans and national security aside, what do you really know about the politicians running for office? By now, many of us can recite our favorite candidates' stump speeches and have memorized the delegate count for each state. But it is easy to forget that these superhuman, 24/7 political machines are actually people too.
The Grammy-winning candidate is already known for... READ ON
When Nuns Meet Sports
by Jason Plautz
Athletes are rarely shy about their religion, whether they're dedicating their MVP award to God or crossing themselves before stepping to the plate. But still, organized religion generally stays out of sports. After all, when's the last time you saw the Pope and his cardinals go shirts and skins for some pick-up hoops?
Still, I've found that nuns have surprisingly strong ties to athletics. Many hometown nuns cheer on their favorite sports... READ ON
M&M’s stands for “Mars & Murrie’s,” the last names of the candy’s founders.