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Weird Week in Review

Miss Cellania

We are introducing a new column today, featuring links to some of the stranger news stories from the past week that you may have missed.

December 7, 2007

Miss Cellania

December 7, 1941: The Japanese attack Pearl Harbor, leading to the entry of the United States into World War II. Wired has the short course on what happened.

5 Famous Christmas Songs Written by Jewish Songwriters

David K. Israel


The door-to-door life


I was once a Girl Scout, so I felt the pain of the youth who recently solicited my doorstep, toting miserable little items some wholesaler had signed off on.


Chris Higgins

Are you on the go, and need the power of Google? Don't want to deal with a mobile web browser? Try dialing Google's free service 1-800-GOOG-411 (1-800-466-4411).

Feel Art Again: "The Feast of St. Nicholas"

Andréa Fernandes

In many countries around the world today, children celebrate the Feast of St. Nicholas.

For Those of Us Having a Hard Time Leaving the 90s Behind

Mangesh Hattikudur

While I've given up hope of ever owning another pair of Reebok pumps, or seeing the USSR neatly bound together by one thick line on a map again, I'm glad that Neatorama has at least given me

Office Hours

Jason English

I received an unusually high number of emails yesterday, with all sorts of questions from readers. "Are you sure you're using the word 'prolific' correctly?" (I'm not.

5 Ways Radioactivity Lights Up Your Life

Floss books

The word radioactivity always seems to bring up a number of glowing concerns. But maybe it's time you got over your fears and warmed up to the idea.

14 Offbeat Clauses in Baseball Contracts

Ethan Trex

Major League Baseball's winter meetings just ended. As general managers return to their homes, the annual flurry of free agent signings and contract extensions is in full swing.

On Music: Le Sacre du printemps

David K. Israel

For those who don't yet know Igor Stravinsky's Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring), I envy you because you're about to be introduced to one of the most stupendous, complicated, a

December 6, 2007

Miss Cellania

What's it like to work an Ebola outbreak? Aetiology has an interview with both a doctor and a water and sanitation expert with Médecins Sans Frontières in Uganda.

5 Dumb Moments in TV Careers

Kara Kovalchik

I suppose that unless you hire Sylvia Browne as your manager, it's impossible to predict which TV shows are going to be hits when considering prospective scripts.

On chains, and some weather hijinks


My father (of the high seas, the Great Lakes) sent me these two pictures from a Sturgeon Bay, WI dry dock he was visiting yesterday.

Reading Levels of Popular Blogs

Chris Higgins

While doing some research on readability tests -- ways to analyze the readability or linguistic complexity of a body of text -- I came across The Blog Readability Test, an online tool that analyzes th