Chris Higgins

Writes about: Pop Culture , science , Space , tv

Chris Higgins is the author of The Blogger Abides and writes for This American Life, The Atlantic, Breakfast on Mars, and The Magazine. You can follow him at

Slow-Motion Lightning
Why Does "X" Represent the Unknown?
How to Build Your Own PC (in 1991)
What Car GPS Looked Like in 1994
5 Crucial Services I Take for Granted
This is What Kansas Looks Like (in Timelapse)
John Oliver Explains Net Neutrality
Watch Beautiful Thunderstorms Swirl
Listen to a 1993 PC Boot Up
Saving Mothers' Lives, One Village at a Time
Nailing Bike Thieves in San Francisco
Kickstart "Reading Rainbow"
Aug(De)Mented Reality
Happy Towel Day, Hoopy Froods!
Your Daily Brain-Soother: Swimming Feather Star
The Cycle of Prosperity
How Giant Tesla Coils Work
Rodents on Turntables
Goofing Around with 100 Pounds of Magnetic Putty
Lunchtime Lecture: How to Rebuild the World
Why Libraries Matter
A Rube Goldberg Zipper-Zipping Machine
5 Ways to Save Newborns' Lives
The Beauty of Space Photography
How Andy Warhol's Amiga Art Was Recovered
11 Bizarre Ways Tetris Has Been Played
"Tonight Show" Science
Interview: Dr. Stanley Burns, The Knick's Medical Advisor
The Panic Over Dungeons & Dragons (in 1985)
5 Awe-Inspiring Teachers of Yore
The Animals of Chernobyl
What Is a Photocopier?
That Horrible Star Wars Holiday Special
John Oliver's "Last Week Tonight" Rules
Star Wars Bloopers
The Greatest Infographic of All Time
Super Mario Bros. 3 in 3 Minutes
Live, Streaming Penguins!
Understanding Vaccination: The Cold Chain
Tonight: "All About Ann" (Richards), on HBO
The "Best Picture" Losers
25 Things You Might Not Know About 'Brain Candy'
What Virtual Reality Looked Like in 1992
How Good Design Can Save Lives
The First Earth Day in Boston, Philly, and NYC
7 Vintage Easter Commercials
How Bubbles May Help Treat Cancer
How Maple Syrup is Made
New York in Hyperlapse
An Hour-Long Tour of the ISS


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