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Designer Saul Bass: "I don't give a damn whether the client understands that [beauty] is worth anything."

Chris Higgins

"I want to make beautiful things, even if nobody cares," says Saul Bass, creator of many beautiful movie posters, logos, and other designs -- see above for a few iconic examples.

motionbox.com presents: HDYK? - {day 1}

David K. Israel

It's an all-new 5-day trivia hunt! Co-puzzle Master Josh Halbur and I are happy to bring you the next How Did You Know? sponsored by the extraordinary video sharing site motionbox.com.

Richard Garriott and his Nerdy Dream House

Ransom Riggs

Old-school computer gamers will likely have heard of Richard Garriott, AKA "Lord British," the designer of the classic and long-running Ultima series of single- and multi-player fantasy role

The Kingdom of Boomeria

Miss Cellania

The Kingdom of Boomeria is a magical place of just one hectare hidden in the forest in Bonny Doon, California.

Sarcasm Mark May Prevent Miscommunications

Jill Harness

I don't know about you, but I never am misunderstood when I communicate over the internet.

Morning Cup of Links: Prison Business

Miss Cellania

"...just about any classic story can be made into a Disney property when you spiff it up with a little song and dance." Really? Can Hester Prynne, Ophelia, and Jocasta be Disney Princesses?

The Late Movies: Pants on the Ground!

Ransom Riggs

Those of you who don't watch American Idol may not have been privy to this little nugget of pop-cultural weirdness, and I feel compelled to share it.

The Quick 10: 10 People Pronounced Dead a Bit Prematurely

Stacy Conradt

Pope Benedict XV died on January 22, 1922, which isn't all that notable by itself "“ after all, he was 67 and had been suffering from a pretty bad case of pneumonia all month.

Adventure Science: Kon-Tiki, 1950

Chris Higgins

Six Norwegians, a Swede, and a parrot hop onto a raft...and sail roughly 4,300 miles in 101 days. Not much of a punchline, is it? But it happened, and indeed, the resulting story is riveting.

8 Stories of Vicious Man-Eaters

Rob Lammle

With all we've accomplished, it's easy to forget that people aren't always the dominant species.

Is the Adverb Dying?

Ransom Riggs

For more than a century, a war has been waged against adverbs by advocates of good writing, by the likes of such literary luminaries as Mark Twain, who said -- I am dead to adverbs; they cannot ex

From the Year 2000: Conan on Success and Failure

Jason English

Many of you have probably already seen this—we may have even posted it before—but if you're looking to kill 20 minutes, here's Conan O'Brien's speech to Harvard

How much water does a fire truck hold?

David K. Israel

Ever wonder how many gallons of water the average fire truck holds? I didn't, until I witnessed a scary blaze last week in Brooklyn.

Inflatable Hospital

Miss Cellania

Amidst all the heartbreaking stories out of Haiti these past two weeks, I was impressed to see that Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres) was deploying an inflatable hospital.

Brain Game on Temporary Hiatus

A family matter requires a brief respite from the daily Brain Game; I apologize and promise to resume them as soon as is possible.