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I Am The Very Model of an Amateur Grammarian

Tom Freeman of The Stroppy Editor took the Major-General’s Song from the Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert and Sullivan and adapted it to suit the modern swashbuckling world of grammar nazism: I am the [...]

LOLPERA: Yes, an Opera About Lolcats

It was inevitable. You knew it was coming, and so it is here. Behold, the LOLPERA: a lolcat pop opera by Ellen Warkentine and Andrew Pedroza. LA Weekly’s "Pick of the Week," LOLPERA, is a giddily [...]

The Late Movies: Every Major’s Terrible

Two years ago I wrote an article on the webcomic xkcd and the influence it has on its fans. We had another example this week. Monday, Randall Munroe posted a comic called Every Major’s Terrible. It was a multi-panel comic about the difficulty of selecting a college major, with rhyming lyrics we were told went [...]

Lectures for a New Year: First Week in Review

For the month of January I’m bringing you a great lecture every weekday. This week we covered neurology, art, creativity, ecology, writing, achieving childhood dreams, and most importantly lots of jokes. In case you missed one, here’s a review of the lectures posted this week. The Last Lecture, First (Randy Pausch) To kick off the [...]

Lectures for a New Year: Being a Genius vs. Having a Genius

Welcome to the second day of our new lecture series. Are we having fun yet? Up today, a short lecture you can definitely fit in during your lunch break. Liz Gilbert is best known for writing Eat, Pray, Love, which (unlike apparently ever other person in the country) I still haven’t read. But [...]

LIBRETTO: The Bacterial Opera

Words: Marc Abrahams Music: Jacques Offenbach, Giuseppe Verdi, and Arthur Sullivan (And thanks to Mary Ellen Davey, Harriet Provine, Dany Adams, and Carl Zimmer for bacteriological insights, and Robert Csillag, DDS, and his staff for inspiration on microbial matters.) The Bacterial Opera premiered as part of the 20th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony, at Sanders Theater, Harvard [...]

4 Eco-Fabulous Places to Live in 2020

Across the world, architects and environmental engineers are building cities inspired by Mother Nature. Here are four communities leading the way to a greener, cleaner world. 1. Masdar City, United Arab Emirates The Greenest Town in the Middle East The United Arab Emirates isn’t exactly known for its environmental consciousness. Many of its citizens live in large, [...]

The Stories Behind 5 Familiar Voices

Note: This article was originally published in 2008, before Brenna wrote a book and went on to big things at Mashable. Server migration week continues, so forgive us for reposting a few oldies/goodies. You may not recognize the names or faces, but the voices you know. They might tell you to stand clear of closing doors, [...]

The Quick 8: Eight Tweets that Ended in Pink Slips

Newsflash: Tweeting stupid things can cost you your job. You probably already knew that, but these eight people didn’t – they spewed forth 140 inappropriate characters or less, and ultimately got fired for it. 1. Just in case you haven’t heard the news the past couple of days, Gilbert Gottfried made some insensitive jokes about the [...]

New Knowledge about Sea Urchin Teeth Could Lead to Knives that Never Need Sharpening

Researchers led by physicist Pupa Gilbert of the University of Wisconsin at Madison examined how sea urchins are able to maintain razor-sharp teeth throughout their lives without any apparent means of sharpening them. Their findings could lead to the development of knives that never need to be sharpened: “The sea urchin tooth is complicated in its [...]