New Year links: songs, strange traditions, drinking and hangovers, etc.
Strange New Year traditions around the world.
Advice from 1862: How to Tell Your Fortune for the New Year.
Your Complete Guide to the Science of Hangovers, the Anatomy of a Hangover (an infographic), and 12 Hangover Cures From Famous Heavy Drinkers.
Smithsonian: The Coolest Science of 2013, in GIFs. Related: Bugs That Live Under Your Skin and Other Creepy Discoveries This Year.
Pig Man and Chicken Woman: Lifelike Sculptures of Animal/Human Hybrids.
Spectacular Photos of Frozen Bubbles.
Infographic: How To Make ...
Gallery of science-fiction postage stamps from around the world.
Christmas present for dog lovers: The No More Woof headset tells you what your dog is thinking.
Dave Barry’s gift guide.
From Journal of the American Revolution: five myths of ...
Beer concentrate for backpackers.
These awkward Christmas photos are a hoot.
Scientists create “robotic sperm.” And speaking of scientists, this is what happens when you ask scientists to explain their PhDs in dance: the winners of the 2013 Dance Your PhD ...
A brief history of prescription windshields.
Beyond Sharknado, now it’s monster vs. machine: Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark (trailer).
1,200 year-old string phone. Kind of related: how to make a functional cell phone from scratch.
Medieval X-Men art series.
The exploding anti-tank dogs of World War II.
New bra tells women when they’re overeating.
A history of the glass wine bottle.
The 20 most ridiculous and hilarious Amazon reviews for a $40,000 TV.
Basketball trick shot Maker Titus went viral ...
Soviet accident-prevention posters.
Nazis with cats.
Photo essay: Goats in sweaters.
Billionaire bunkers: Beyond the panic room, home security goes sci-fi.
Ugly Christmas sweaters.
How Teddy Roosevelt saved football.
ICYMI, Friday’s links are here.
Adam Sandler’s Hanukkah and Thanksgiving songs, with pop-culture guide, plus the Thanksgivukkah Anthem. And nine Hanukkah-Thanksgiving fusion dishes.
Jingle Bells was written for Thanksgiving.
More Thanksgiving links, including Buffy, Dave Barry, and flowcharts.
Ten Thanksgiving words with bizarre origins.
The fort that America accidentally built in Canada.
How turkey got its name.
Twenty things you didn’t know about Neanderthals.
Vintage photos reveal century-long obsession with dressing up pets.
This guy has spent a lot of time planning the ...
Do serial killers really tend to be bed-wetters?
Post-apocalypse skill: How To Open A Can Without a Can Opener, plus bonus Buffy.
Incredible Balancing Acts and Tightrope Walking.
Brilliant, First-Ever Official Video for Like a Rolling Stone Is an Interactive ...
Horrible dating advice from 19th century novels.
Video: Katniss kills everything.
Excellent gallery: Photographs of Isolated Tribes Facing Extinction.
That time Harvard and Yale took Naked Photos of all their Freshmen Students.
Paper prints retraction for 1863 article calling Gettysburg address “...
The 1960s Superhero Who Powered Up By Smoking, plus heroes with super vomit, super PMS and squirrel control.
80-Room Tree House Stands Almost 100 Feet Tall.
Neuroscience explains why sex feels good.
Kinetic energy: Would I be able to boil a ...
The story behind Monty Python’s ‘Dead Parrot Sketch’, with bonus Maggie Thatcher.
Noble Country Living: Gallery of engravings from a 1682 text on agriculture and homestead management in Austria/Germany.
If you burglarize a house, make sure the occupant isn’...
Cats wearing tights.
Holy crap video: fishing boats in a rough sea.
Meet the American nomads of Walmart’s parking lots.
A set of Pink Floyd disco covers.
Woman ran over boyfriend three times for refusing to stop at McDonald’...
From 1930, information tests to try on your children.
An interactive map of personality traits by state.
Stephen King writes a letter to his 16-year-old self: “Stay away from recreational drugs.”
If an asteroid was very small but supermassive, could you ...
Moon-nuking and volcano-lancing update: Successful test of asteroid-blasting space cannon.
31 Levitating Vehicles From The Dawn Of The Hovercraft.
How Do Animals Sound In Different Languages?
X-Manatees: The X-Men as Manatees.
Barbers and Surgeons: The Bloody History of the Barber Pole.
The painful story behind modern anesthesia.
Video: Top ten Dragons from movies and TV.
Forty candid mugshots of dapper criminals from the 1920s.
Woman charged with reckless driving while a man was lying on the hood smoking a cigarette, dressed ...
Fifteen photos of spiders battling dangerous foes.
Video: Superman’s 75th anniversary.
Americans’ interest in hemorrhoids has skyrocketed.
These images show just how differently cats and humans see the world.
Weird album covers.
Tiffany meets Tolkien: Gorgeous Lord of the ...
Advice from 1489: To stay young, suck blood from a youth.
Will A Chicken That’s Fed Lemons Taste Like Lemons?
The Human-Sized Salamander That Smells Like Pepper.
Odd And Disturbing Vintage Halloween Postcards.
Drive Thru Skeleton Driver Prank.
The REAL ...
Twenty of the funniest business names of all time.
Gorgeous remastered and colorized images from the Civil War era, including Lincoln and Mark Twain. Related: Forty must-see historic photos.
If the wind reached 500 mph, would it pick up a human?
Stunning aerial photos reveal how humans have reshaped the Earth with our need for water.
Dinosaur romance novels are a thing.
Timothy Leary’s Transformation From Scientist to Psychedelic Celebrity.
Why beer is good for your health.
Man believes his ...
What our ancestors’ language sounded like 6,000 years ago.
Medieval “rockets” over Nuremberg. More information here and here.
Isaac Newton: 17th-century London’s Dirty Harry.
Why are some people left-handed?
Preparing for the bra-opening world record.
Excellent supercut of technology breaking ...
Terrifying Childcare Inventions From The Early 20th Century.
How Chemistry Can Explain the Difference Between Bourbon and a Tennessee Whiskey.
The Art of the Romanian Haystack.
The pros and cons of Reusable Toilet Paper.
The Dark Side of Peter Pan.
Happy Talk Like a Pirate Day, me hearties!
More on the mind-controlling cat poop parasite. Earlier article here.
Photos of the Amazing and Gruesome World Under a Microscope.
How to Send Smoke Signals.
Auto-Brewery Syndrome: Apparently, You Can Make Beer ...
The History and Psychology of Clowns Being Scary.
And the winner of the vote for official mascot of the Ugly Animal Preservation Society is…
Mid-1800s Locomotive Builders’ Prints.
The Map That Lincoln Used to See the Reach of Slavery ...
Ten things that have “rained” from the sky.
How did music begin?
The ten best fictional laboratories, ranked.
Excellent gallery: photographs of disasters that occurred before 1920.
What if I jumped out of an airplane with a couple of tanks of ...
World’s Ugliest Dog Contest 2013.
How to Slim Down in Fourteen Days: Advice from 1595.
Medieval & Renaissance Cartographic Sea Monsters.
Life On Earth ’Began On Mars’.
Former Monk Has Spent the Last 50 Years Building a Giant Junk Cathedral. Related, Man Builds 12,000 ...
The science of the Great Molasses Flood.
Cookie Monster’s famous cookie recipe.
The last Beatles photo shoot.
The Burrow (Ron Weasley’s home) from Harry Potter is for sale.
Peeling back the foil: the origins of the TV dinner.
The First Sex Manual Published in North America, 1766 (SFW).
History of Britain in LEGO.
Strange and Gorgeous Houses Built on Rooftops.
Gallery of Fish Head Art. And here’s a gallery of Babies Sucking on Lemons for the First Time.
How to navigate by the stars.
Real-life Sharknado: five actual instances of animal tornadoes, including Gatornado.
Zambian teachers say they live in fear of “invisible sex” with witches.
Ten textbook blunders.
Here’s the winner of Michigan’s goose-calling contest.
Can You Actually Cough Up A Lung?
Sharknado hairdo, or hat, or something.
How Beer Gets Its Color.
If you wanted to anchor an airplane into the ground so it wouldn’t be able to take off, what would the ...
Happy Meals for horror films.
Life imitates Sy Fy: Here’s a video of a 154-pound giant piranha.
Incredible plant sculptures.
The story behind football’s yellow first-down line.
How cereal transformed American culture.
Excellent wolverine puppet musical.
Real-life LEGO construction ideas.
1954 film: How a clean, tidy home can help you survive the atomic bomb. Related: The Soviets built a giant gun that could shoot nukes.
Excellent sand sculptures.
Magnificent animal armor.
The most dangerous ways to open ...
Converting x-rays from distant stars into blues & jazz
Debunking parental myths and common historical misconceptions.
Hawkmoths zap bats with sonic blasts from their genitals.
What if Shakespeare had written Star Wars?
15 Excellent Marvel-DC Mashups.
Physics of superman punching someone into ...
Gallery: 20 biopic actors and their real-life counterparts.
Getting drunk like the ancients sid.
How so mosquitoes survive rainstorms?
Grammar lessons with food.
Elephants painted to look like pandas.
21 Ridiculous Wedding Dresses.
What Did People Use Before Toilet Paper? Vaguely related alliterative item: Poop Prevalent in Public Pools, CDC Says.
Irritable Male Syndrome Is Just Like PMS.
How to make your own Existential Emergency Phone.
Why Do Old Men ...
Scientific American: Are dogs funnier than cats?
Why firewood is measured in cords, and the origin of other odd units of measurement.
The history of men’s underwear.
Excellent gallery of early science labs. Somewhat related: Francis Crick’s letter ...
Andrew Lloyd Webber will adapt the movie School of Rock into a Broadway musical.
Researchers: Women are better off without their bras.
Why do we get emotional when we drink?
Man tries to take photo of beaver; it kills him. ...
WWII stamp forgeries used in psychological warfare.
How to resuscitate a drowning victim, 1916 edition.
Five things you can do right now to become instantly smarter.
Everything you always wanted to know about dinosaur sex.
The arms race to grow world’...
The shortest war ever lasted 40 minutes.
Funny signs from The Simpsons.
Gallery of fictional currency and imaginary money.
Skeleton reveals ancient-Greek brain surgery.
The history of soap.
The plan to bring the passenger pigeon back from extinction.
Gallery: vintage drink stirrers and cocktail sticks.
Herring sperm DNA shows surprising flame-retardant properties.
Gallery of Soviet anti-alcohol posters.
Top ten afterlife journeys of notable people.
Infographic: history of home heating.
Scientists put a working eyeball on a tadpole’s tail.
Watch this lizard shoot a five-foot stream of blood from its eyeballs.
Rodent mind meld: Scientists wire two rats’ brains together.
Train snowplows compilation.
What would happen if a hairdryer ...
Why school buses are yellow.
Travel by pneumatic tube: 1905 predictions and the Jetsons.
From quacks to quaaludes: three centuries of drug advertising.
How many unique English tweets are possible?
Physicist builds a machine to separate Oreo cookies.
How much would the sea level fall if every ship were removed all at once from the Earth’s waters?
Star Wars family tree.
Gallery: Aircraft fan builds amazing replica of a Pan Am 747 jet.
The physics of sunsets.
From 1883, ...
Star Trek bloopers.
Ten richest people of all time and how they made their fortunes.
Famous tree tunnels.
The day John Lennon met Paul McCartney.
Parts of the body named after people.
Beercade: The arcade machine that rewards winners with ...
New glasses to correct (partially, so far) color-blindness.
The horrifying physiological and psychological consequences of being Aquaman. Related: the physics of the Hulk’s jump.
A brief history of the 1947 Chocolate Candy Bar strike.
Coffee foam art.
How many Lincoln ...
On the history of curry.
27 of history’s strangest inventions.
Why we took cocaine out of soda.
Did FDR really have polio?
Twelve interesting volcano facts.
Twelve historic scientific hoaxes.
Early explosives, including cat and bird bombs, from a 16th-century illustrated manuscript.
If cooties were real, what disease would they be?
Twenty-two fictional characters whose names you don’t know.
Eighties tech inventions that never really ...
Eleven problems music can solve.
Woman to give surgically removed breast a dignified burial.
Excellent set of optical illusions.
Female vigilantes of 1913.
Gallery: Retro ice and snow vehicles.
The 18th amendment (prohibition) went into effect 93 years ago today.
Photos: Special effects before computers.
From what height would you need to drop a steak for it to be cooked when it hit the ground?
April 1933 article: “Home Conveniences That ...
Dave Barry’s Year in Review is excellent, as always: 2013 was a zombie of a year.
Compilation: 100 greatest action-movie punchlines (NSFW language), with bonus Conan The Barbarian, the musical.
Gallery: 6,000-year-old hollowed-out tree has a bar inside.
The science of ...
The 1914 Christmas truce.
These are the Star Wars Christmas cards you’ve been looking for.
Christmas Ads for Women, 1940s–1960s.
Ten important facts about A Christmas Story’s leg lamp.
Here are 100 animals in Santa hats.
Santa Claus plays ...
Did the bad guys in The Hobbit lose to the good guys because of a Vitamin D deficiency?
It was a dark and stormy night – a selection of winners from the Bulwer-Lytton bad fiction writing contest. Related: Winner of Literary ...
Taxidermied mice chess set.
Winner of Literary Review’s bad sex in fiction award has been announced. Here are the contenders, including Woody Guthrie (NSFW language).
Why we “drop” the ball on New Year’s Eve.
Disney princesses turned into ...
The history of the sneeze guard.
Compilation: Dogs Terrified Of Walking Past Cats. Vaguely related: Bears Acting Like Humans Compilation.
Bugs and Spiders Disguised as Poop, Leaves, and Each Other.
Strange Christmas Traditions Around the World.
Star Wars/Bohemian Rhapsody ...
The first convicted murderer in America.
Blues Brothers’ mall car-chase scene perfectly recreated in Lego, with side-by-side comparison to original.
In the same category, build-it-yourself Lego holiday ornaments.
Neanderthal interior decorating.
How to invite a man home – advice from 1642.
Eleven foods inspired by The Hunger Games.
Why would we evolve to poop in the same place as our friends?
The lake monsters of America.
The art of the humorous Amazon review, Part One and Part Deux.
How to fight ...
Wild-turkey populations make big comeback.
A Thanksgiving miscellany: Mark Twain, science, WKRP, Cicero and the best turkey fryer PSA ever.
Eight Thanksgiving Flowcharts.
Dave Barry Thanksgiving columns from 1995, 1996, 1998, 2004 . . . feel free to add more in the comments.
Buffy Thanksgiving episode: “Ritual ...
10 most expensive restaurants in the world.
Fine Art Superheroes.
40-Foot Hand-Carved Sculpture Earns Guinness World Record.
Moose-eating shark rescued.
The Addams Family’s Black and White Living Room Was Actually Pink.
What is the furthest one human being has ever ...
The Indian Stream Republic — a little nation on the U.S.-Canadian border.
Excellent Breaking Bad season 5 alternate ending: Cranston wakes up from a bad dream with his wife from Malcolm in the Middle.
The history of Doctor Who as ...
Literal battle of the sexes: These mating snakes have antagonistic genitals.
Ten arrows in less than five seconds: reinventing forgotten archery.
Scuba diving the tectonic boundary between the North American and Eurasian plates.
Ten early versions of famous pop-culture works.
Lost Return of the Jedi deleted scenes found on Laser Disc: Here’s the full 30 minutes.
30,000 pigs: ten of the best newspaper corrections ever, including a 2001 apology to Mark Steyn.
Buy Thor’s castle and live like an Avenger.
Happy Guy Fawkes Day! God preserved us from the “secret contrivance and hellish malice of Popish Conspirators.”
How Long Does a Person’s Heart Has To Be Stopped Before Medics Stop Trying to Revive Them?
20 Churches That Look Like Spaceships.
Must-see gallery at Wired: Best microscope photos of the year.
Slow-motion flipping-cat physics, with bonus buttered-toast/cat paradox video.
The real-life neuroscience behind zombies.
Top ten monsters of the Middle Ages.
Ten figures of speech illustrated by Monty Python: paradiastole, ...
List of reasons for admission to an insane asylum from the late 1800s.
The origin of the Legend of Zelda.
Chronopharmacology: What is the exactly perfect time to drink your coffee?
Progress in head-mounted flying animal feeders.
Not the Onion: ...
Math Proves Bacon Is A Miracle Food.
Universal law of urination found in mammals. Related: Does every species get around 1 billion heartbeats per lifetime?
How to make your own humble pie, plus some history.
Has anyone ever broken out of ...
Where to look for the lunar eclipse on this evening.
Italian man has spent 40 years building a DIY amusement park in a forest.
Elders Share Their Most Important Life Lessons.
Sea Monsters on Medieval Maps.
Video: side by side comparison ...
The McDonald’s tasting menu.
Supercut: It’s just a cat.
Scotland and the American Revolution.
A history of airships.
Thanksgivukkah: Hanukkah starts on Thanksgiving this year.
Infographic: Plausibility of various forms of zombie invasion. Kind of related: 8 Ways to ...
Child-labor photos from the Library of Congress.
What is in Worcestershire sauce and why is it called that?
Hand-tinted photos of Egypt from the late 19th century.
The origins of river names.
Salvador Dalí illustrates Don Quixote.
In case you ...
The Daily Habits of Highly Productive Philosophers: Nietzsche, Marx & Immanuel Kant.
Excellent couch intro for Sunday’s Simpsons Treehouse of Horror episode.
Wanna feel old? 11 “Modern Antiques” Today’s Kids Have Probably Never Seen.
22 Dogs That Really Deserve an Apology.
A mysterious fire transformed North America’s greatest city in 1170.
Terminator the Second: Shakespeare meets Terminator 2.
Mug shots of Montreal’s madams and prostitutes in the 1940s.
Thirty-two real-life cheat codes that will change your life.
What are the images ...
Gallery of hand-colored botanical engravings from 1809.
Why do people want to eat babies?
How Do You Get 1.21 GigaWatts For Your Time Machine?
If you suddenly began rising steadily at one foot per second, how exactly would you die?
2013 Beard And ...
Gravity: A Supercut of Memorable Falling Scenes.
Top 10 Battles of the Revolutionary War, and the Civil War In a Single Chart.
5 Animals With Stinky Defenses, and here are 40 Detailed Close-Ups of Arthropods.
What Did Barney Rubble Do for a Living?
If Disney Princesses Twerked.
Anal secretions from the beaver taste like vanilla in baking.
An awesome gallery of 42 photographs of glasswing butterflies.
Impressive Multimedia Dance Performance.
How to Turn Your Favorite Fruit Juice into Cheap Homemade Booze.
Ernest Hemingway’s ...
Fifteen funny clothing tags.
Forty-eight names for things you didn’t know had names.
The Seven (Singing) Sutherland Sisters had 37 feet of hair.
When people started wearing clothes.
Fore-edge painting is a technique of painting on the edges of the ...
How fast can you hit a speed bump while driving and live?
Red Cross: Watch out for drunk, aggressive unemployed wasps.
The physics of cow-tipping (short version — it doesn’t work).
Not sure whether you want chickens in your backyard ...
Could I knit a sweater from navel lint?
If you could teleport to a random place of the surface of the Earth, what are the odds that you’ll see signs of intelligent life? (Insert “intelligence” jokes here)
Man blows ...
This is what a 37-year-old Twinkie looks like.
Compilation video: How to open a beer. Related, Scientists Claim To Have Created A Beer With No Hangover.
Meet the 11 year old who invented musical deodorant.
How to Win a Duel.
A brief history of ice-cream-truck music.
Reese’s Cups, octopus urine, prehistoric giant marine reptiles, and parasite sex.
Supercut: dozens of sci-fi movies edited together into the most epic trailer ever.
Leaves of Glass: Walter White and Walt Whitman. Related, ...
Portraits of birds with stylish hairdos.
Check out this 1912 test for eighth graders in Kentucky.
National Geographic’s 2013 Photo Contest winners gallery.
Seventy-nine common mispronunciations.
The slightly sordid history of Twister.
High-definition footage of plants and insects magnified thousands of ...
The Evolution of Wolverine: From 1974 to 2013. And here’s a Supercut of Wolverine’s Claws Coming Out.
Slate has a Carlos Danger Name Generator.
10 Weirdest Mythological Creatures In the World.
AK-47 being shot underwater, in slow motion, with bonus science ...
How would the Earth change if you drained the oceans? If you dumped the water on top of the Curiosity rover, how would Mars change as the water accumulated?
Video: Real-life superhuman blows up hot-water bottles with his nose.
The physics of waterslides.
Is it easier to fart while standing up or lying down?
The History of Circumcision.
Game of Throne Characters Drawn in the Style of The Simpsons. Related, The Iron Throne as George R.R. Martin really ...
Scary insect news: ticks that spread red-meat allergy, mega mosquitoes, and carnivorous chemical-resistant “crazy ants.”
More weird than scary, here’s the most surreal insect on Earth.
What would it cost to build Superman’s Fortress of Solitude?
Artist attempts ...
What would a bowling ball look like if it were blown up to the size of the Earth?
Why do we feel hot in temperatures lower than our body temp?
Teen’s invention could charge your phone in 20 seconds.
The Founder of Mother’s Day Later Fought to Have It Abolished.
These 4 Sisters Were Photographed Every Year For 36 Years.
How high can a human throw something?
14 Animals Demonstrating Why A Mother’s Love Is So Special.
A Polish man ...
Wild men of Europe: animal costume traditions.
Infographic: time travel in the movies.
Eyeball shaving in China.
What is the longest possible sunset you can experience while driving?
Gallery: stone bridges.
The twelve largest church buildings in the world.
Twenty-five things you didn’t know about beer.
Strange eye-exam charts.
A NASA scientist claims to be on the verge of faster-than-light travel.
Chess: how kings and queens and rooks and knights ...
Eight facts you may not have known about salt.
Seven most bizarre types of cheese.
The history of insect-head transplants.
Gallery of excellent shadow art sculptures.
Scientists on whether the Game of Thrones wall could exist in real life.
What if you somehow managed to make a stereo travel at twice the speed of sound?
Star Wars, Japanese Anime Style. And a gallery of movies re-imagined for another time & place.
Copycat architecture in China, including the Eiffel Tower and ...
The extremely endearing, scary, and gross lengths to which zookeepers go for their animals.
Lego Stephen Hawking kit.
Wedding gowns made from road kill.
The official rules.
Retired seniors meet every Sunday at the subway in Kiev, and dance.
Why did men stop wearing high heels?
3D-printed plastic car.
When animals used to be put on trial.
Solving a Rubik’s cube while juggling it.
Bizarre experimental tanks.
400,000-piece Lego Hogwarts replica.
Bubble bursting in extreme slow motion. And the science of how bubbles form.
Chicken stolen from Crock-Pot.
Can hand sanitizer ignite? Well, yes.
From 1799, a list of risk factors for spontaneous combustion. Also from the “old” category, here’s an 1891 ...
Twenty-five cereals from the ’80s you will never eat again.
The near annihilation of America’s buffalo in pictures.
Vintage armored cars.
What makes hair curly?
Have virgins ever been tossed into volcanoes to appease the gods?
Florida’s great ...
Squids can fly 100 feet through the air.
Dumpster diving – man turns dumpster into swimming pool.
History of Pad Thai.
Modern churches that look like chickens.
Weird chocolate-coated foods.
Ben & Jerry’s graveyard for discontinued flavors.
How to build a supersonic ping-pong gun.
The horrible truth about Spiderman’s anatomy: What is that sticky white stuff? Kind of related: excellent set of up-close hi-def images of insects and spiders. Also, anthropomorphic beetle dioramas.
Dog power and dog engines, with some sidelights on goat engines. Sort of related: How did wolves evolve into dogs?
The ten strangest firetrucks ever built.
Ten most quotable movies for geeks (that aren’t Star Wars films).
Fifty collective nouns to bolster your vocabulary.
German soldiers are growing breasts.
Scientific evidence that you probably don’t have free will.
“I Could Pee On This,” and other poems from cats.
The history of French fries.
Interactive map that ...
Why does coffee make you poop?
Why hair turns gray.
Twenty Best Simpsons Celebrity Cameos.
Is a bullet wound in the shoulder as harmless as the movies make it seem?
The science of placebos.
Fish chokes to death trying to eat another fish its same size.
Illustrated literary puns.
Slow-motion video of fireworks exploding inside buckets full of paint.
Happy Feast of the Ass.
Nail clipping in space.