This has got to be my favorite meme of the year: Ugly Renaissance Babies. Anytime someone can turn classic art or literature into something accessible and funny, I appreciate it. Know of more? Send them to me!
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ESPN insider and occasional mental_floss contributor Keith Law has put out his fourth annual list of the best boardgames. What would your list look like?
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Middle Earth? The 'Earthscraper' concept hides a 1,000-foot skyscraper underground. I've heard that the CDC goes 20 floors underground, is this a myth? (I will kind of believe anything if it doesn't defy logic or physics too much …)
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Tis the season to regale in holiday lights from around the world.
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Lights on a tree is such a narrow concept - how about a whole field of light?
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When one needs a break from the serious, one of these 30 Very Funny Books should do the trick. Have you guys read any of these? Which ones would you add? (I would add anything by Will Cuppy, and also second the Dave Barry recommendation).
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A growing project to make a pictorial map of New York (site was slow to load for me, so put it in another tab while you explore other things and return later!)
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We've seen people who look like their dogs, but people who look like their fish? I suppose in this case you are what you eat (yikes!)
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And finally, forget a gun under your pillow - what you really need is the self-defense nightstand!
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