You know Carl Linnaeus, right? The great Swedish naturalist who categorized plants and animals in the 1750s? He was a singular figure in botany. But when he got a headache, he stopped being singular. He doubled, from one Carl to two.
Mel Blanc was known as "the man of 1,000 voices" (Bugs Bunny, Tweety, & tons more). Sean Cole shares some photos from Mel's mountain home in Big Bear Lake, where he interviewed Mel's son Noel for our new short What's Up, Doc?
Lulu Miller wants to know if the presidential election has made an appearance in your dreams.
A quick note of appreciation from Jad for WNYC's Hurricane Sandy coverage throughout a devastating storm, and difficult recovery, here in NYC.
Whether you're staying in tonight or getting ready to go out, we've put together a playlist of spooky songs (plus a few comic-creepy picks) to get you in the Halloween spirit.
So you know those warnings about the evil stranger who poisons the Halloween candy? Well, Lulu Miller explains there’s never been a documented case of that actually happening. Read all about the Candy Poisoner myth here.
When a species gets rare, its market value rises. The higher its price, the more it's hunted. The more it's hunted, the rarer it gets. Not a happy cycle, and this keeps happening ...
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Submit a photo of the Halloween costume you're creating this year, and Jad, Robert, & Lulu will pick a 2012 costume champ. Get all the details, enter your pic, and keep an eye on the competition here. Or if you have our mobile app, send us a photo right from your phone.
A lizard-like creature that's endured since the days of the dinosaurs now faces an uncertain future. Robert explains, and shares some stunning photos.
Robert goes way, way, way back in time for some political insights...and finds a surprising factor: plankton. Take a look at how geology makes a mark on political maps of the Deep South.
Every spring, spidery black thingies show up on Mars. Take a look at some photos, and read a few of the best explanations for what scientists think they might be.
Lulu Miller ponders the idea of an afterlife, by way of a puppet show designed by psychologists...and some early childhood lessons about peek-a-boo and how the world works.