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366 Days, 366 Books: How Jeff Ryan Read One Book Per Day in 2012

Jeff Ryan, like a lot of professional writers, spends a lot of time reading. He made a demanding resolution for last year: to read an average of one book per day. Since 2012 was a leap year, that meant 366 books. Ryan was appareantly successful–and not by reading only very short books. Here’s how: No, my [...]

17 Famous Actors in Tiny Background Parts

Before they were headlining movies and TV shows, these celebs were just like everyone else trying to make it in Hollywood: thrilled to call home to report that the “Flight Attendant #3” role was totally in the bag. Check out a few of today’s big names back when they were cast as no-names. 1. Jason Segel [...]

Amazing LEGO Colosseum

This masterfully crafted colosseum sculpture was built by Ryan McNaught, a certified LEGO builder who used over 200,000 bricks to make what is arguably “the most challenging LEGO model ever created”. The piece is built with both the version from two thousand years ago and the modern version represented on either side, and it was so [...]

Severed Finger in Arby’s Sandwich

Oh, Arby’s. When Ryan Hart, 14, bit into an Arby’s roast beef sandwich last week, he got a bit more than he bargained for. The "bonus" meat was a severed finger! Steve Hall, environmental health [...]

Niche Blogs: What Kids Eat

Chicken nuggets and pizza, right? That’s what kids would eat if we let them decide for themselves, but we’re concerned about raising the quality, and sometimes regulating the quantity, of children’s nutrition. And of course, that leads to blogs that impress us one way or another. Nine-year-old Martha Payne posts pictures of her meals at NeverSeconds, [...]

11 Stunning Cakes That Look Exactly Like Other Foods

Sometimes there is more to a dinner plate than meets the eye. In some cases, what looks like a regular meal is actually a cake with some clever, camouflaging decoration. Here are ten cakes that look like something much more nutritious… or at least like something different. 1. A Frosty Bucket of Beer When cake decorator Rouvelee [...]

How to Train Your Goldfish

Col. Konrad Most, one of the pioneers of modern animal training, began training service dogs while serving in the Royal Prussian Police in 1906. His book on the subject, Training Dogs, described many of the basic elements of operant conditioning—including reinforcement, extinction, and shaping—that American behaviorist B.F. Skinner would later popularize. If Most were alive [...]

Why Do We Need Libraries?

Each week, Miss Kathleen provides links to a variety of stories about libraries, authors, and books. If there’s something fun going on in your local library, leave us a comment! Books as a decorative theme — there’s always something new to see! Here’s a great picture a reader shared recently. You can see more great mosaics [...]

At the Libraries: Child Geniuses in Literature

Every week, Miss Kathleen provides links to a variety of stories about libraries, authors, and books. If there’s something fun going on in your local library, leave us a comment! Are short stories and novellas making a comeback? Amazon thinks so. Witness their new market — Kindle Singles. Has anyone tried any of these? * Here’s a great [...]

At the Libraries: Are Novelists Ignoring the Internet?

Every week, Miss Kathleen provides links to a variety of stories about libraries, authors, and books. If there’s something fun going on in your local library, leave us a comment! This made the Internet rounds last week — a lost book illustrated by Louise Fitzhugh! (I don’t have to explain who she is, right?) Check out [...]