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Bill Conlin, a Philadelphia Daily News sports columnist, retired abruptly yesterday after word leaked the the Philadelphia Inquirer was set to run a story in the next day's paper detailing allegations against him of child sexual abuse dating from the 1970s. (Trigger warning; graphic and very sad accounts of familial abuse, shame, and silence.)
posted on Dec-21-11 at 7:18 AM

The 21 gram keychain computer. "The tiny PC enables what its inventor calls 'Any Screen Computing,' the ability to turn any TV, laptop, phone, tablet, or set-top box into a dumb terminal for its Android operating system."
posted on Nov-18-11 at 8:35 AM

Philaphilia, a blog about Philadelphia buildings past and present, in which the little known architectural terms "badassivity," "concrete testicles" and "shitfucktastic garbitechture" are presented for your edification.
posted on Aug-1-11 at 11:15 AM

“A parent’s presence alone does not give a reasonable [four-year-old] carte blanche to engage in risky behavior." So said a NY State Supreme Court judge in his ruling that four-year-olds can be sued. Cue Dora The Litigator.
posted on Oct-29-10 at 6:06 AM

The Grateful Dead is officially history: they're the subject of a new exhibit at the New York Historical Society. Ironically, though, it's the Dead’s influence on the business world that may turn out to be one of the most significant parts of its legacy. Without intending to—while intending, in fact, to do just the opposite—the band pioneered ideas and practices that were subsequently embraced by corporate America. Management Secrets of the Grateful Dead.
posted on Mar-11-10 at 3:45 AM

SLYT news report, starting with a lackluster establishing shot of a significant location.
posted on Jan-28-10 at 9:49 AM

One hot June morning in 1953, a retired couple from western Missouri packed their Chrysler New Yorker with 11 suitcases and started driving east. A few hours later, they stopped at a diner in Hannibal, Mo., and ordered fruit plates and iced tea. “We thought we were getting by big as an unknown traveling couple until we went to the counter to pay the bill,” Harry Truman later wrote of that lunch. “Just as we arose from the table some county judges came in and the incog was off.” And thus began an excellent adventure of a type that happened once and will never happen again: The Harry and Bess Truman Ex-Presidential Road Trip.
posted on Jan-13-10 at 11:16 AM

In 1940s New York, Harry Dubin and his teenage son went out every weekend to take color pictures of people doing different jobs in the city. Well, not people...Harry Dubin, switching places with people and pretending to do their jobs.
posted on Jan-3-10 at 8:01 PM

Apparently there's at least a 51% chance of God's existence. It starts out 50/50, like with pets. You have, say, either a dog or a cat. It's a 50/50 chance that it's one or the other, just like it's 50/50 that there's a God or not. Well, we exist. You exist. The earth exists. That nudges it up to 51%. If I understand this youtube gentleman. Hilarious exercise in smug delivery of ironclad logic.
posted on Apr-2-09 at 8:31 AM

Drummers, you're busted. In Search Of the Click Track.
posted on Mar-5-09 at 10:58 AM

I don't know if you like reading stories about construction workers bringing smiles to the faces of kids with cancer. If you like that kind of stuff, here's a story like that. You might tear up.
posted on Feb-21-09 at 3:30 PM

Stimulus Bill Wiki.
posted on Feb-15-09 at 8:36 AM

"We believe the request ... to inscribe a birthday wish to Adolf Hitler is inappropriate," said Karen Meleta, a ShopRite bakery spokeswoman. Bottom line: Adolf Hitler Campbell, who turns 3 today, is not going to get the cake of his (and my) dreams.
posted on Dec-15-08 at 12:41 PM

Russell Tongay cheerfully dropped his preschoolers into the Mississippi River. Two-year-old Kathy made it five miles before he pulled her out. Her five-year-old brother Bubba finally staggered to shore after 22 miles. Merely a warmup, their beaming father told the media gathered on the St. Louis riverbank, for what would be his children's crowning achievement: to swim the English Channel, England to France, a crossing that in 1950 had been completed only four times. And so began the short, sad celebrity of the Aquatots, another chapter in America's morbid fascination with children pushed by parents and coaches beyond overachievement into the realm of abuse and endangerment.
posted on Sep-5-08 at 1:36 AM

Before the year is out it's worth giving a belated Metafilter sendoff to Thomas Scot Halpin, who died in February, his place in history secure as one of the great substitutes of all time, alongside Earl Morrall, Mr. Bergstrom, and tofu.
posted on Jul-25-08 at 7:39 AM

Canada's own Phil McCracken offers a guitar tutorial for folks just starting out. If guitar isn't your thing, how about keyboards? Bodybuilding? Also, ladies, he's available!
posted on Jul-4-08 at 8:05 AM

"I wanted to ask for survival tips in case I am unexpectedly transported to a random location in Europe (say for instance current France/Benelux/Germany) in the year 1000 AD (plus or minus 200 years). I assume that such transportation would leave me with what I am wearing, what I know, and nothing else. Any advice would help." How to rock the Middle Ages with your bad 2008 self.
posted on Jun-11-08 at 9:22 AM

The most dangerous path in the world. NSFA (acrophobics)
posted on Apr-6-08 at 8:06 PM

Finally, one central point of aggregation for the complaints of white people. So this solves that problem -- now, who's going to make a mayonnaise jar with a mouth wide enough to make it easy to scrape out the last bits? GOSH!
posted on Jan-23-08 at 10:12 AM

50 Things I've Learned in 50 Years.
posted on Jan-9-08 at 10:14 AM

A man seeking Confederate gold and his own family's hidden history uncovers a cryptic trail that may stretch back to a secret society and Jesse James.
posted on Dec-5-07 at 2:35 AM

He once stopped a school bus on a busy interstate because he “needed a hug” from the kids inside. He’s been known to strap weapons to his chest and leg that he has no authority to carry or conceal, then wear them in public. He once bulldozed an elderly woman’s house, promising to build her a better one. He then forgot to build it. He recruited a team of kids to torch a row of dilapidated shotgun houses, without clearance or first turning off the utilities. Meet The Worst Mayor In America.
posted on Oct-23-07 at 11:57 AM

Ever wanted to have lunch with a few total strangers? Check out Noonhat. There's some background on the blog. More from an article in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
posted on Oct-8-07 at 2:02 PM

The history of tacos in America. As reported entirely by the comments to a brief blog post.
posted on Aug-24-07 at 1:12 PM

Brookings Institution analysts Michael O'Hanlon and Kenneth Pollack last week called for another "six months or so" in Iraq. The month before, "This is a decisive phase," a member of Petraeus' staff told [Joe Klein] and began to laugh. "...It's always a decisive phase. But this time, I guess you'd have to say, it actually is." "Pinky swear?" Klein held out a soft, pink, gullible digit expectantly. "Pinky swear!" the aide responded, shrugging. You people will believe anything.
posted on Aug-8-07 at 1:41 PM

"Did you see the politics? It made me angry." Conversations by Grownups As Imagined By Kids.
posted on Mar-20-07 at 2:09 AM

Sir Paul McCartney is quoted a few posts below as having warned John Lennon against making fun of Paul's drug use. The rest of us, luckily, are free to point and laugh. This Paul McCartney Drug Timeline should help you get started!
posted on Jan-4-07 at 12:32 PM

GooGhoul! Search tool for hayrides, festivals, haunted houses and other Halloweeny things in your zip code.
posted on Oct-21-05 at 4:34 PM

Live Aid redux planning underway. Goal this time is raising awareness, not money. Sweet, unquantifiable awareness.
posted on May-19-05 at 1:00 PM Bringing together buyers and buyers and buyers and buyers and buyers and buyers and buyers and sellers.
posted on May-12-05 at 7:02 AM

Expressionless girl. [loud music, flash]
posted on May-8-05 at 6:35 AM

"I repeated every Karl Marx quote I could think of until I reached my own ‘historic inevitability’...." If you've ever wanted to see a liberal antagonist make Ann Coulter squirm, this may be as close as you ever get. (text & url NSFW.)
posted on Apr-27-05 at 12:32 PM

Feedpalooza. This gentleman offers to scrape any website (at his discretion) to provide you the custom feed you want. For instance, I wanted a simple black box on my site with the real-time number of coalition casualties in Iraq. I pointed him to this site. He scraped the one number and provided this feed. Brilliant.
posted on Feb-18-05 at 10:26 AM

The sexual doldrums caused by the likes of Zoloft can apparently be counteracted by drugs like Wellbutrin. If by "counteract," you mean "cause a two-hour orgasm while shopping."
posted on Jan-25-05 at 8:21 PM

What do you keep on your USB thumbdrive? Maybe you want to turn yours into a dual boot drive. Or maybe you want to keep a special portable Firefox implementation, including extensions, on there.
posted on Dec-20-04 at 1:26 PM wants to see a thousand tiny websites bloom, created by neighbors, for neighbors, and supported by local advertising. The founders' assumption is that many little people creating content for free will put big dollars in their pockets. (WaPo link, reg. req.) Is there an information gap in your life that "hyperlocal" websites could fill?
posted on Dec-13-04 at 1:03 PM

Hey, no crying in baseball! Who would you like the Red Sox to win it for? A Sox fanboard thread dedicates the hoped-for, possibly imminent World Series championship to loved ones living and dead. NSFW, if your employer frowns on tears streaming down your cheeks.
posted on Oct-27-04 at 12:16 PM

Did you know that eating is one of the fondest things Clara Bow is of? Ripping the It Girl a new one, circa 1931.
posted on Sep-7-04 at 12:09 AM

Put Up the Hoop Sooner: lessons of parenting, gleaned through the rear-view mirror
posted on Jul-9-04 at 1:18 PM

Orrin Hatch thinks of the children. As a convenient lever for shutting down P2P networks.
posted on Jun-23-04 at 11:04 AM

The reporter who described meeting the man who raped him as a teenager? He was arrested this week for felony stalking of the rapist.
posted on Jun-1-04 at 1:07 AM

I hate my dumbass town. Come for the ennui, stay for the police logs.
posted on May-21-04 at 11:41 AM

Emmett Till's murder case has been reopened, nearly fifty years after the killers' acquittal. Don't I mean alleged killers? No, the cretins happily confessed all to a national newsweekly after their trial. A thousand details here, and a couple more in the subsequent letters to the editor, that will forever kill any nostalgia you might have for the "old days."
posted on May-14-04 at 11:56 AM

Welcome to "Ask the White House" -- an online interactive forum where you can submit questions to Bush administration officials. Currently taking questions: NASCAR's Michael Waltrip. Pandering doesn't get any more naked than this, does it? (Via TPM)
posted on Feb-25-04 at 1:01 PM

Rules for Having an Affair. A great read for you starry-eyed newlyweds!
posted on Feb-18-04 at 2:14 PM

Forget the Super Bowl. In Philadelphia all eyes are on the Wing Bowl, where 20,000 (often) drunk (mostly) men filed into the Wachovia Center beginning shortly after dawn this morning, a workday, to ogle thong-clad Wingettes and cheer on the eaters. This year's winner: Sonya Thomas, a 105 lb. woman, who knocked off 2-1 favorite and four-peat reigning champ El Wingador by gobbling 167 buffalo wings in 34 minutes. The event is huge. Miss Thomas is not.
posted on Jan-30-04 at 9:16 AM

A collection of absurdly interesting stories. (Note to the gun-shy: not in Comic Sans.) via the always excellent
posted on Jan-15-04 at 12:59 PM

Let's go shopping! There's a wonderful thread on Kevin Kelly's site about interesting and offbeat catalogs, like this one. What catalogs do you love? And while you're at chez KK, check out all the "cool tools" added since crunch linked it last summer. Great gift ideas.
posted on Dec-4-03 at 7:22 AM

Blogger Joshua Micah Marshall solicits funding so he can cover the Howard Dean campaign in New Hampshire. Readers respond with nearly $5,000 in 24 hours. See? You CAN buy that kind of coverage.
posted on Oct-29-03 at 8:37 AM

How much would you pay for a pushbutton in your car that changes red traffic lights to green? Like in that dopey Italian Job movie? The correct answer is $300.
posted on Oct-27-03 at 12:48 PM

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