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The EGOT Quiz

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One of my favorite plot lines from this season of 30 Rock was Tracy Jordan's quest to become an EGOT winner by being awarded an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. Should he win (and let's be honest, we're all rooting for it), he'd be just the 13th performer. Do you know the other 12? We'll give you a choice of two performers, you identify the EGOT recipient.

Sesame Street/Muppet Show/Fraggle Rock Trivia Contest Winners!

Jason English

It's time to announce the winners of last week's Sesame Street/Muppet Show/Fraggle Rock Trivia Contest!

Tuesday Turnip

David K. Israel

In case you're not familiar with the Turnip, it's a whimsical Google search, wherein I type a random phrase and we see what kind of interesting pages "turn-up." As always with thi

19 Fictional Characters Whose Names You Don't Know

Jason English

You know the characters, but you might not know their full names. Store these away for future trivia

Strange Geographies: Freaks in Mayberry

Ransom Riggs

Mount Airy, North Carolina is known to most tourists as the birthplace of Andy Griffith and the inspiration for Mayberry, where his titular sitcom was set -- and indeed, if you walk down its main stre

11 Ways We Used Radiation in Everyday Life

Miss Cellania

Radiation as a medical cure has valid uses and definite dangers to the human body.

Symphony of Science: "The Case for Mars"

Chris Higgins

John Boswell has done it again -- he's created another Symphony of Science music video, this time called "The Case for Mars." The video lays out the reasons why scientists think we sho

Brain Game: Corpus Callosum

John, a college English instructor friend, introduced me to a book that recently became available in paperback: Damp Squid: The English Language Laid Bare by Jeremy Butterfield.

7 International Names for American Products

Rudie Obias

American products are available around the world—but they're not always called by the name they've been given in the U.S.

Pick the Letters That Begin the Names of European Countries

Morning Cup of Links: Dumb, Blind Luck

Miss Cellania

Financier Bernie Madoff was sentenced to 150 years for scamming investors out of over a billion dollars.

5 Questions: Fan Club

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The Late Movies: What the Dramatic Squirrel Begat

Ransom Riggs

You're probably all familiar with the dramatic squirrel, a meme that began a few years ago when someone added some over-the-top music to a clip from a Japanese game show, and created this:

And They Walked Away: The Stories of 5 Strange Injuries

Rob Lammle

Take any high school psychology course and you'll hear the story of Phineas Gage, a man whose skull was pierced by a tamping iron while working on the railroad in 1848.

Hollywood Obituaries

Kara Kovalchik

Sadly, the funeral directors to the stars have been busy the past two weeks. Here's a quick tribute to some of the celebrities we've lost recently.