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Those hard-to-resist-Svengalis: Stage Mothers


In the midst of all the Kid Nation hype & the ongoing fascination w/Lynne Spears, Dina Lohan, it seems that the presence of stage mothers is stronger than ever.

15 Award-Winning Facts About The Nobel Prize

Jason English

1. Robert Lucas, winner of the 1995 Nobel Prize in Economics for his work on the theory of "rational expectations," split his $1 million prize with his ex-wife.

Feel Art Again: Queen Marie-Antoinette and Her Children

Andréa Fernandes

On this day in 1793, Marie Antoinette was guillotined for treason.

When fonts take over

Ransom Riggs

Because movies are such a star-driven medium, a lot of movie posters blindly follow suit: you Photoshop the lead actors' heads into the sky, probably superimposed over an evocative landscape (if

A Little Diagram Humor

Chris Higgins

I'm a fan of humorous diagrams as much as the next guy.

7 Reasons Frogs are Funny

Miss Cellania

Frogs are such ridiculous animals that everything about them is fodder for jokes or parodies. Frogs have been used in comedy for so long that you have to smile just looking at one! 1. Kissing a

In the Beginning: Just 2 weeks to go!

Mangesh Hattikudur

There are just 14 days to go until our latest contribution to the book world In the Beginning comes out, so we figured we'd start excerpting short bits from it.

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." With the World Series quickly approaching

October 16, 2007

Miss Cellania

Heavy Metal Umlaut: The Movie. A fascinating look at how Wikipedia evolves, using one entry's changes over time. The level of oxytocin in pregnant women predicts mother-child bond.

Caption Contest Winner!

David K. Israel

The results have been tallied from our first caption contest and we have our winner! A hearty congrats to Scott, who entered: "I thought it said all geniuses welcome. That says

Those hard-to-resist-Svengalis: Bela Karolyi


That Bela--alternately so jovial, so brutish! The image of Karolyi hoisting Kerri Strug to the champion's podium is one of the most ubiquitous images of the 1996 Olympics.

Weekend Genius Challenge Winners!

"Well done!" to all those who partipated in our latest Weekend Genius Challenge.

Punk be thy name

Ransom Riggs

It all started with a few bands and one little radical youth culture movement in the 1970s -- today, though, punk has proliferated everywhere, sprouting a seemingly endless number of sub-genres and -c

The First Time News Was Fit To Print, XI

Jason English

Every Monday, we journey into the archives of The New York Times, searching for first mentions worth mentioning. This week's edition includes RFK, the Olsen Twins and Digg. Robert F.

The LOLCat Bible Translation Project

Chris Higgins

We've covered LOLCats before (including Miss C.'s hit LOLCat of Death post), but now things have gotten a little out of hand.