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Gift-Giving Strategies

Chris Higgins

With the holiday shopping season upon us, it's time for me to think about giving gifts to friends and family.

A nano-riffic future is closer than we thought

Ransom Riggs

You've probably heard a lot about nanotechnology by now -- mostly about how it's the (potentially very dangerous) miracle technology of the future, which could cure cancer, help clean up the

Third Caption Contest Finalists!

David K. Israel

[There's still time to get the vote out! Contest closes Friday.] Thanks to all those who came up with captions for our third Caption Contest.

How well do you know ALL the candidates?

David K. Israel

As Jason mentioned yesterday in his new feature, The Projectionist, tonight is the YouTube/CNN Republican

Weekend Genius Challenge #8 Winners

We tallied the votes (ours and yours) for this past weekend's Genius Challenge and couldn't narrow it down to fewer than four.

5 Surprising Divinity School Dropouts

Mangesh & Jason

From Hollywood superstars to adulterous dilettantes, several seminary dropouts have managed to find success in the secular world. Here's a sampling of the finest in

November 28, 2007

Miss Cellania

The New York Times list of 100 Notable Books of 2007. Surprisingly, there are no science books on the list. Real-life Superheroes: 10 People with Incredible Abilities.

Sardines: the food of choice for a cross-country trekker


Today I met a man who intends to walk across the country, and I bought him some sardines, his top request. My, some of those sardine tins are pretty--I thought I was at Sephora!

Feel Art Again: November Artists

Andréa Fernandes

As November winds to a close, let's take a look at some artists we otherwise wouldn't be able to cover.

7 Memorable Moments from Presidential (and VP) Debates

Jason English

The CNN/YouTube Republican debate is tomorrow, and I'll probably forget to watch. But perhaps in five or ten years I can cherry-pick some of the funnier moments and post them for you here.

10 Legendary Cartoon Voices (and where else you may have heard them)

Stacy Conradt

Well, there goes more of my childhood. Lucille Bliss, better known as the voice of Smurfette, passed away last week at the age of 96.

Mister Splashy Pants is Tough to Beat

Jason English

Our friend Evan Schiller (of "Ten Crazy Facebook Groups" fame) pointed us to a good old-fashioned online whale-naming.

Jim Henson's "Time Piece"

Chris Higgins

In 1965 Jim Henson produced a short film featuring a Leroy Anderson-style "found sound" composition.

Weekend Genius Challenge update

Thanks to everyone who played this past weekend's WGC, which ran over into Monday due to the holiday. We've whittled 500+ entries down to only 20 finalists.

The world's crappiest toys

Ransom Riggs

It was only a matter of time before toy manufacturers started listening to their customers' demands: kids want to laugh, they want to be grossed out and they want to play with slimy, ooky stuff.