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

How Wine Corks Preserve Forests (and Birds)
Swarms of Ladybugs in Ultra HD
In 1943, U.S. Pennies Were Made of Steel
The Unbeatable Game: Dr. Nim
Can You See These Freaky Dot Patterns?
The First U.S.-Minted Penny Was Horrific
How to Make Fire-Starting Drills from Scratch
How To Drink Your Own Urine (Spoiler: It Involves Filtration)
How They Found the World's Biggest Prime Number
Two Minutes on an Arctic Expedition
The Smallest Discman Ever Made Was Smaller Than a CD
40 Things Turning 40 in 2016
A Look at Cars and Computers from 1996
Jonathan Mann's "Song a Day" Navigator
Watch 'Beyond the Mind's Eye,' 1992's Computer-Animated Trip
The Worst-Designed Thing You've Never Noticed (Spoiler: It's Flags)
Buster Keaton Tries, Fails to Make Milkshakes
Name These 'Drew Carey Show' Guest Musicians
Watch Chet Atkins's Beautiful Rendition of 'Mr. Sandman'
Required Viewing: Waltzing Triangles
Watch MacGyver Defuse a Warhead Using a Paperclip
The PC of the Future...from 1996
IKEA Hack: Turn Stools Into a Bicycle
Browse the First Web Page Using the First Web Browser
The Time Green Day Got in a Mud Fight With Fans
Who Owns Antarctica?
25 Things Turning 25 in 2016
30 Things Turning 30 in 2016
Fun With Census Data: U.S. Population Movement
The Recovery of Mount St. Helens
Watch the History of the Apollo Program
Porcupines Sound Like Crazed Ewoks
Playing Bach on a Giant Forest Xylophone
How It's Made: Tabasco Sauce
Behold the Groovy Music
The Beauty of Mathematics
Watch a Collared Pika Prepare for Winter
CBS's Animated Christmas Message from 1966
The Petard Pinch
The Earthships of Taos
5 Vintage Computing Moments from 'Macworld' Issue 1 (April 1984)
8 Streaming Yule Logs
The McGurk Effect (Or, Brains are Weird)
How to Avoid Being Shocked When Exiting Your Car
The 'Super Mario Bros.' PC Game That Wasn't
I Am the Computer Man
How Astronauts See Earth
7 Delightfully Retro Airplane Safety Videos
The Telephone Repairman Turned Shoe Designer
Adele's 'Hello,' Using Movie Clips


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