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Why We Write

Chris Higgins

Last year we linked to George Orwell's classic essay Why I Write, in which Orwell explains his motivations (including massive ego) for writing.

The History of 'It' Girls (And Their Predictable Downfalls)

Linda Rodriguez McRobbie

Heavy is the head that wears the "It" girl tiara. Sure, it's all fun and games "“ or coke and threesomes "“ at first.

Feel Art Again: "Lark"

Andréa Fernandes

To break up the winter doldrums, I present to you a painting filled with the joys of spring: Hungarian artist Pál Szinyei-Merse's "Lark," painted in 1882. 1.

Weekend Genius Challenge #16 Winner!

No one got a perfect score on Weekend Genius Challenge #16, but the first one to get 11 out of the 12 "ninety-nine" songs was Jake!

Seven Strange and Wonderful Dishes

Miss Cellania

Nothing succeeds like excess! The earlier mental_floss article Food Challenges for the Super Hungry, Super Competitive or Super Cheap celebrated foods that are excessive in size.

Tuesday Turnip

David K. Israel

It's time for another whimsical Tuesday Turnip search wherein I type a random phrase and we see what kind of interesting factoids "turn-up." Today I typed in "The average baby&q

January 22, 2008

Miss Cellania

The Unburdened Mind. Roughly one in every 100 men (or 300 women) is a psychopath. Do you know one? * 10 Traits To Be Perceived As A Winner!

America's Plan to Invade Everyone

Matt Soniak

Before that whole treason thing sullied his historical legacy, Benedict Arnold led an invasion force into Canada during the American Revolution.

What is a dandy?


So if you haven't heard, it's that time again: The New Yorker is holding their 2008 Eustace Tilley Contest.

Addendum to 'Calling All Photographers!'

Jason English

Great to see such an enthusiastic response to Ransom's call for photographers this morning.

Alter Egos

Matt Soniak

Some people think life at the floss is pretty glamorous, the journalistic equivalent of Indiana Jones' sexed up archaeology.

One Quadrillion Pennies

David K. Israel

By now I'm sure most of you have heard about the woman suing the government for 3 quadrillion dollars over the Katrina tragedy. I was having a hard time even visualizing 1 quadrillion doll

Required Viewing: People in Order (Home)

Chris Higgins

For everyone who enjoyed the two People in Order videos last week, one more has surfaced on the web: People in Order (Home) shows 73 households in descending order of yearly income (the incomes go fr

The First Time News Was Fit To Print, XXIV

Jason English

In case you missed our first twenty-three volumes or the greatest hits edition, let me explain. Every Monday, we head into the archives of The New York Times to find first mentions worth mentioning.

Aqueduct Mobile Filtration Vehicle

Miss Cellania

The first Innovate or Die Pedal Powered Machine contest challenged inventors to build machines that use human power to generate energy for useful purposes.