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Documentaries I Like: "Hoop Dreams"

Chris Higgins

"Hoop Dreams" is a landmark American documentary, released in 1994 to broad acclaim at Sundance.

Slender Sells: Could Obama's Lanky Look Help Him?

Diana Wolf

A recent study shows that ads featuring thin models make women feel worse about themselves, but better about the brands featured.

The Painter of Painters: Diego Velázquez

Andréa Fernandes

Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez (1599-1660) is often touted as one of the world's most famous painters, with his 1656 masterpiece "Las Meninas" said to be one of the most famous

7 Things to Know About Sarkozy

Ethan Trex

Nicolas Sarkozy is a short, conservative, hard-working Cassanova. He has cracked down on prostitution and negotiated with terrorist bombers to save children.

Burning question #234: how deadly is space?

Ransom Riggs

Fifty years of movies that feature gory death scenes in which people are exposed to total vacuums (with decidedly gooey results) would have us believe that outer space is so incredibly hostile an envi

Brain Game: Boomshine

Kara introduced me to an online game several months back, and it's one of my favorites when I need five or ten minutes of relaxation but can't get away from the computer.

3 Noteworthy Typing Feats

David K. Israel

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Five Fantastic Felines

Miss Cellania

Cats can bring a smile just by doing what they normally do. A few do so in amazingly helpful and inspiring ways. The Brave Church

That Sinking Feeling

the mag

The Problem: Already hounded by U-Boat submarines during World War I, the British military became extremely concerned when intelligence reports suggested that the Germans were developing an even faste

Morning Cup of Llinks: The Feral Child

Miss Cellania

How to Tell Time Without a Clock. The sun, moon, and stars will do just fine but clouds can ruin your efforts. * The St.

Why Do We Capitalize the Word "I"?

Chris Higgins

Caroline Winter (sitting in for William Safire) tackles the issue of the English capitalized "I" in her column My, Myself and I in yesterday's Times Magazine.

The Quick 10: 10 Nicknames of U.S. First Ladies

Stacy Conradt

We all know lots about the U.S. Presidents - maybe too much (Monica Lewinsky, anyone?). But most of us don't know that much about the women who stood behind the men in office.

Gulags: Then and Now

Ransom Riggs

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was the Nobel Prize-winning author of The Gulag Archipelago and many other works critical of Stalinism and Russian life, which earned him both the scorn and the praise of his pe

Strange and Wonderful Maps of WWI

Mangesh Hattikudur

Boingboing stumbled into this lovely gallery of strange maps used to illustrate the situation during World War I.

Winglet, the Next Generation Segway

Miss Cellania

It's called a standup mover, a compact motorized transporter, and a partner robot. And that's just in the first couple of paragraphs of the press release.