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Can You Name the Countries That Start With the Letter 'S'?

Nature's Creepiest Metaphor: the Ant Death Spiral

Ransom Riggs

This video has been making the rounds lately, but I haven't seen a lot of accurate descriptions of what exactly is going on in it.

Brain Game: Players in the House

NOTE: Okay, I wrote a clunker. My apologies.

Morning Cup of Links: Bad Employees

Miss Cellania

National Geographic Explores the Gulf Oil Spill. Read how it happened (and better yet, why) in a clear narrative without panic or sound bites. * Tower Maintenance.

The Number of the Day: $100,000

Andréa Fernandes

In 2000, FAO Schwarz sold a one-of-a-kind Monopoly set for $100,000.

The Late Movies: More "Next on Mad Men" Parodies

Chris Higgins

Two weeks ago I brought you The Late Movies: Baffling "Next on Mad Men" Clips, which seemed to strike a chord with other bloggers -- it was picked up by the New York Times as well as our fri

At the Libraries: Librarians Save Lives

Miss Kathleen

Every Wednesday, Miss Kathleen provides links to a variety of stories about libraries, authors, and books.

The Quick 10: 10 Films Roger Ebert Really Loved

Stacy Conradt

To counter yesterday’s “10 Movies Roger Ebert Really Hated” post, today we’re checking out a few movies he really loved. Here's what h`e had to say about them. 1. Batman Begins, four stars.

A Documentary for People Who Love 'Mad Men'

Ransom Riggs

I didn't really think the world of advertising was all that fascinating -- until I started watching Mad Men a few years ago. Now I can't get enough.

How Did the States in the USA Get Their Names? (Part III)

Matt Soniak

Reader Adam from Fairfax, Virginia, wrote in to ask, "How did the US states get their names?" This week, we're tackling the origins and meaning of the names 10 states at a time.

History of the U.S.: In Your Face, King George II

Stacy Conradt

Salem Village sent a request to Britain for permission to incorporate as a town, but it was returned with the rejecting message “The King Unwilling.” In 1757, the determined residents ignored His Maje

A Bunch of Terrific Sesame Street Videos

Chris Higgins

Everyone's favorite kids' show is embracing new media: Sesame Street has a Tumblr.

Getting to Know Your Colors, pt 1

David K. Israel

Colors affect us. No question there, right?

14 Celebrities Who Appeared on Comic Book Covers

Special Guest Star

by Robert

The Number of the Day: 17

Stacy Conradt

The gestation period for a killer whale is 17 months.