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Horrible Headlines

We love to see headlines that don’t turn out quite right, whether it’s because of typos, poor editing, or a writer with a wicked sense of humor. Freakonomics has a collection of 36 classics that are so funny they circulate years, sometimes decades after they were first preserved. You’ve probably seen some of them, but [...]

God Bless You, Mr. Vonnegut

Did you know today would have been Kurt Vonnegut’s 90th birthday? In memory of one of the greatest writers of the last century, here is a look back at the author’s incredible life. His Career Choice Was A Bit Surprising Both Kurt’s dad and his grandfather were successful architects who attended MIT, so he no doubt had [...]

Superman Quits Newspaper Job to Become a Blogger

DC Comics is planning major changes for the life of Superman/Clark Kent. For example, he’s going to quit writing for the Daily Planet and engage in independent journalism. Comic book writer Scott Lobdell explains: “Rather than Clark be this clownish suit that Superman puts on, we’re going to really see Clark come into his own in [...]

Remembering Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury died yesterday at the age of 91. Best known for his novel Fahrenheit 451, Bradbury was a prolific writer and a tireless advocate for libraries. My favorite work of his is the short story The Veldt, which both scared and inspired me as a kid — that story was one of [...]

Fumblerules of Grammar

Writer William Safire collected contradictory grammar rules from various sources and published 36 of them in his New York Times column in 1979. Eighteen more were added when he published the 2002 book Fumblerules: A Lighthearted Guide to Grammar and Good Usage. Here’s a sample: 8. Do not put statements in the negative form. 9. Verbs has [...]

Cookbook Ghostwriters

In this age of the celebrity chef, recipes and cookbooks are cranked out constantly, at a pace no single chef can keep up with. So they have a retinue of cooks, writers, and other support staff who work behind the scenes. Julia Moskin writes about what it’s like to stay in the shadows, and talks [...]

13 Awesome Miniatures

Seattle-based writer, photographer, filmmaker and artist, Christopher Boffoli creates amazingly creative miniatures using people and food. Here are 13 that I’ve curated. Many many more over on his Web site. What’s your favorite of the bunch? Let us know in the comments below.

The Worst-Worded Question In Trivial Pursuit

I can understand a writer making this mistake in the midst of writing dozens of questions a day, but shouldn’t an editor have caught this? Link

Angry Birds As Superheroes

All That Is Apple recently posted these delightful images of Angry Birds as superheroes and the writer is asking for help trying to identify the artist responsible for these funny pictures. If you have any idea, give him a hand by leaving a comment. If not, enjoy the silly images anyway. Link

Cookie Master

Have you ever aspired to be a fortune cookie writer? Most of us who ever received a lame fortune have contemplated it for a short time. However, there aren’t many of these positions available. Donald Lau is the vice-president of Wonton Food, Inc. in Queens, New York. In addition to his financial work, he has [...]