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The Triumphant Conclusion of "The Wire"

Chris Higgins

I'm a relatively recent convert to The Wire, an HBO TV series that is consistently described as "the best show on television," despite its small viewership compared to other series.

The Weird Week ending December 14

Miss Cellania

Blitzen Held Hostage Someone has stolen a decorative reindeer from outside florist Christine Small's shop in England, and left a ransom note demanding £56.60 for Blitzen's return!

December 14, 2007

Miss Cellania

The Top Ten Astronomy Pictures of 2007.

When canines are private investigators, or just pretend they are


So this week I met a woman who works as a narcotics detective and also heads the canine unit. She loves her job--mainly because her black lab accompanies her everywhere.

Declare Yourself a Saint (And Win a Book About Your Peers)

Mangesh & Jason

[We'll start the judging at 8am Eastern Time Friday morning. Get in those last-minute entries

Three Volunteers

Jason English

I need a hand. Six of them, actually. I'm willing to offer a free mental_floss t-shirt to the first three people who nominate themselves for this covert operation.

7 (More) Rockers and their Gratuitous TV Appearances

Kara Kovalchik

After my post on pop groups who appeared on TV shows - your comments reminded me (or taught me) about a few more examples. Okay, you twisted my arm...

In Honor of Today's Sports Scandal

Jason English

According to WNBC and Deadspin, the Mitchell Report names some big names (though not all the big names reported earlier).

Feel Art Again: "Last Day of Pompeii"

Andréa Fernandes

Yesterday marked the 208th birthday of Karl Briullov, a great Russian painter. To celebrate, let's take a look at his massive masterpiece, "The Last Day of Pompeii." 1.

3 Strange things they're putting in your Salt (and why)

Simon Quellen Field's book Why There's Antifreeze in Your Toothpaste is a fascinating read.

Why Cell Phones Make Speakers Go "Blip Blip Blip Buzz"

Chris Higgins

When I first got a cell phone (an early Sidekick), a new noise entered my life.

7 of History's Most Terrifying Sports Riots

Ethan Trex

Spectator sports have a singular capacity to bring together disparate groups of people towards the common goal of cheering for a favorite team.

Mishugas: Time is Money - Part 2

David K. Israel

If you're just joining us, we're in the middle of a serialized video contest giving you the chance to win $25 toward WHATEVER YOU WANT in our store.

12 Days of Christmas, Found on the Net

Miss Cellania

Finally, a modern version of The 12 Days of Christmas that involves no singing and no repeating!

December 13, 2007

Miss Cellania

Reminder: The Geminid meteor shower promises to be the best meteor shower of the year tonight.