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How the male angler fish is totally and completely screwed.
posted on Jul-18-10 at 1:18 PM

Vuvuzela Chorale from Brahm's First Symphony. [single link vuvuzela]
posted on Jun-30-10 at 9:50 AM

Rue McClanahan has died of a stroke at age 76. She was known and loved as Blanche Deveraux on the Golden Girls. She has joined costars Bea Arthur and Estelle Getty in the great beyond, where presumably, they serve cheesecake.
posted on Jun-3-10 at 8:53 AM

Happy Caturday! How about some Advanced Cat Yodeling?
posted on Apr-10-10 at 9:12 AM

Fun fact: Cannibals didn't necessarily boil people alive, but that doesn't mean that it hasn't been used as a form of execution. [Via AskMe.]
posted on Mar-15-10 at 3:54 PM

8 Unconvential Ways to Be "Buried." We've all heard about strange practices surrounding the remains of the deceased, but even I (who am morbid to a fault) hadn't been aware of half of these.
posted on Mar-10-10 at 5:04 AM

Sailor Twain, Or, The Mermaid In the Hudson is a serialized graphic novel with new installments every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
posted on Mar-2-10 at 1:13 PM

Before he became a household name for "possibly gay figure skater," Johnny Weir skated to Lady Gaga, making him a totally AWESOME figure skater.
posted on Feb-27-10 at 12:59 PM

Why Americans Love the Dalai Lama : an insightful piece from CNN preceding his appearance tonight at 9PM EST on Larry King Live.
posted on Feb-22-10 at 11:15 AM

Speculations have been made about Van Gogh, Julius Caesar, Dostoyevsky, Napoleon, and many others. A case has been made to add Emily Dickinson to their ranks.
posted on Feb-20-10 at 9:21 AM

My Life With Death : is the personal blog of a funeral home "first responder." It occurred to me this morning as I sat before my employer being lectured about my "availability" on my days off, that my life is singularly joyless. I have effectively traded in my own life for other people's deaths.
posted on Feb-5-10 at 10:09 AM

An official military investigation into abandoning Don't Ask Don't Tell will begin today, lead by Defense Secretary Robert Gates.
posted on Feb-2-10 at 7:12 AM

In the 1980s, American Girl dolls became an obsession for many young girls. The early options were limited, but the "family" of dolls has expanded to have Native American, New Mexican, African-American, and Jewish girls represented. Reaching across to a new un-tapped demographic: American Girl has released a homeless doll. Gwen Thompson, the homeless girl, retails for $95.
posted on Jan-31-10 at 2:45 PM

17 Least Appropriate Playmobil Sets For Children : Yep. A randomly numbered list on which several items are questionable. But really, whoever approved #1 for production was more than a little bit twisted.
posted on Jan-29-10 at 5:13 PM

American artist Kiki Smith, a life long Catholic, has taken on an unlikely project: a stained glass window for the Eldridge Street Synagogue Museum on New York City's Lower East Side.
posted on Jan-26-10 at 5:23 AM

In the mood for a good epidemic? Try the English Sweating Sickness. To get a full picture of the horror and uproar a fast spreading disease with frighteningly sudden onset caused in Tudor England, here is an amazingly complete account by a contemporary physician. The exact etiology of the disease is still a mystery - perhaps a viral pulmonary disease (PDF in link).
posted on Jan-24-10 at 10:02 AM

A complete list of fictional restaurants. Though as with any "complete list" on the blue, I have complete faith that MeFites can think of some that were neglectfully omitted.
posted on Jan-8-10 at 11:37 AM

Welcoming 2010 from the always fantastic The Big Picture. Includes not just fireworks, but heaps of trash, workplace pranks, and small children dressed up as trees.
posted on Jan-2-10 at 3:44 PM

Dissertations on His Dudeness. (SLNYT) Descriptions of a new book of academic essays on The Big Lebowski such as: "“ ‘The Big Lebowski’ and Paul de Man: Historicizing Irony and Ironizing Historicism”
posted on Dec-30-09 at 11:27 AM

Ghosts of Shopping Malls Past. : beautiful photos of modern ruins.
posted on Dec-12-09 at 8:14 AM

Tai Shan the panda more commonly known as Butterstick is being deported to China. His parents will be joining him at the end of 2010.
posted on Dec-10-09 at 7:25 AM

50 Practical tips to save you half a lifetime. Such as the indispensible: "If you think you might be about to be sick, you are about to be sick: run to the loo."
posted on Nov-20-09 at 10:53 AM

In Cold Blood, 50 Years On : The Guardian takes a look at Holcomb, Kansas 50 years (to the day) after the crimes depicted in Truman Capote's In Cold Blood.
posted on Nov-16-09 at 8:04 AM

100 Creative Business Cards if that little white piece of paper just isn't doing it for you.
posted on Nov-6-09 at 2:38 PM

As you may have noticed from Google this morning, today is the 40th Anniversary of Sesame Street! New seasons are in production including the newest muppet, Abby Cadaby, but today is a day for our old friends. Videos a plenty to fuel your nostalgia.
posted on Nov-4-09 at 5:21 AM

One Fast Move or I'm Gone : a documentary of Kerouac's Big Sur features a soundtrack by Ben Gibbard & Jay Farrar.
posted on Oct-12-09 at 10:23 AM

Lottie the Otter is Winnie the Pooh's newest pal in the new book (released Oct. 5) Return to Hundred Acre Wood. Lottie is said to enjoy cricket and is a stickler for etiquette.
posted on Oct-1-09 at 3:52 AM

Cut & Paste - International exhibition of contemporary collage and assemblage is showing in Stockholm, Sweden (and also, on the interwebs). See it in person now through October 10.
posted on Sep-29-09 at 5:41 AM

Could Jesus Walk on Custard?
posted on Jul-16-09 at 1:57 PM

Mark Wagner makes money into art.
posted on Jun-15-09 at 2:39 PM

Doodlers Anonymous. Oodles and oodles of fabulous doodles.
posted on Jun-12-09 at 12:43 PM

If you're loathe to invest in an e-Book because you long for the physicality of books, you can now purchase book perfume designed to replicate the smell of books. [via]
posted on Jun-7-09 at 11:35 AM

In what has been described as "the American Idol of education" and "a biosphere of educational reform," The Equity Project Charter School will open in NYC this fall, offering $125,000 salaries to a "dream team" of teachers to test the theory that better teacher quality is the key to a better education for students.
posted on Jun-6-09 at 8:19 AM

Crescendo in the West Bank : NYT video on the rise of classical music programs in The West Bank.
posted on Jun-3-09 at 5:28 PM

In these hard economic times, everyone's feeling the pinch. Some farmers have started downsizing to miniature cows.
posted on May-25-09 at 10:10 AM

No reaction allowed is the rule in Mr. Rubin's forensic science class at New Rochelle High School. Many high schools around the country are offering forensics science, including Eagle High, which will be starting next year. John F. Kennedy High School's forensic science class has their own blog.
posted on May-14-09 at 4:18 PM

Thinking of relocating in these troubled economic times? You might want to consider checking out Forbes' list of The Most Overpriced Cities in America. The Top 5: Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, New York, and... Providence?
posted on May-12-09 at 4:41 PM

International Adoption may not necessarily be helping the disadvantaged in Third World countries as advertised. In some countries, like Guatemala and India, children are simply stolen from their families. The Hague Convention governs the rules for International Adoptions, but like all rules, they aren't always followed. Many adoptive parents believe that their children have been given up, but in some countries, "orphanage" doesn't mean what you think it means.
posted on May-10-09 at 7:43 AM

Khanzir is the only pig in Afghanistan. An already lonely existence has been made sadder as fears of swine-flu have caused zoo officials to place him in quarantine, depriving him of contact with his best friend - a nearby goat.
posted on May-8-09 at 5:56 PM

Gather 'Round the Cadaver! : A new "coffee-table" book, Dissection: Photographs of a Rite of Passage in American Medicine is a new collection of photographs documenting what happened when bored medical students of the early 1900s met the camera.
posted on Apr-29-09 at 7:07 PM

Dame Daphne Sheldrick runs an orphanage in Kenya. For elephants. The orphanage has been the focus of a report on 60 Minutes and a special called "The Elephant Diaries" on BBC1. At the orphanage, elephants are taught skills they will need to know in the wild, including how to play football.
posted on Apr-26-09 at 5:24 PM

An oldie, but apropros for Earth Day. Join Penn & Teller in banning the nefarious Dihydrogen Monoxide!
posted on Apr-22-09 at 4:26 PM

With all of the economic strife in the world, the funeral industry is still going strong. There is a niche for all budgets these days, including the availability of coffins at Costco.
posted on Apr-20-09 at 11:31 AM

Brain Researchers Open Door to Editing Memory : spotless minds might be closer than we think.
posted on Apr-16-09 at 11:26 AM

To Sleep Perchance to Dream : an exhibition of 17th century sleep-related paraphernalia at the Folger Shakespeare Library offers insight into attitudes towards sleep and dreams. Insomnia? Try eating some lettuce.
posted on Mar-29-09 at 8:18 AM

Thirteen year old Matt Milligan is a gifted photographer despite suffering from Cerebral Palsy. He uses a monopod, or his parents stabilizing his arms, to help minimize distortion from his shaky arms.[via.]
posted on Mar-19-09 at 12:21 PM

Chris Chameleon is an Afrikaans musician who talks a bit about his native language's origins in this intro to his song Klein Klein Jakkalsies.
posted on Mar-10-09 at 3:04 PM

Lull : music video for Andrew Bird by Lisa Barcy. Featuring giant squid. [SLYT]
posted on Feb-16-09 at 2:32 PM

Today marks the 200th Anniversary of the birth of President Abraham Lincoln. Let's party like it's 1809!
posted on Feb-12-09 at 9:37 AM

Dr. Aribert Heim known to his friends as Dr. Death was the "Most Wanted" Nazi War Criminal whose whereabouts were unknown. He has been found, having lived in Cairo, and died there in 1992 after converting to Islam. Previously, he had been thought to be living in Chile. The long hunt for Heim and previous misinformation had led to some doubts from experts that the case is indeed, finally, closed.
posted on Feb-5-09 at 9:42 AM

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