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Tweets of the Distant Future

By Robert IsenbergMarch 18, 2010
What will the future bring? Androids and space travel? Grimy dystopian cities, full of cyber-crime and smog? Whatever happens, Twitterers will report on it in 140-character updates. Here are some messages we might read on our triquarters: ... More  →
Tweets of the Distant Future

Odd Collections

By Robert IsenbergMarch 16, 2010
Some people collect stamps. Some collect buttons and thimbles. And at least one person collects...airplane sickness bags? By definition, collectors are pretty obsessive people, but the objects of their affection are infinitely diverse. Here are some of the odder collections we've encountered: ... More  →
Odd Collections

Businesses We'd Start If We Had $5 Million!

By Robert IsenbergMarch 9, 2010
There's a knock at the door. It's a guy holding a giant cardboard check. "Congratulations!" he says. "You've won $5 million from the Tri-State Clearing House Sweepstakes! There's only one catch: You have to invest it in a new business." Argh. So much for that heated Olympic-sized ... More  →
Businesses We'd Start If We Had $5 Million!

Other Oscars

By Robert IsenbergMarch 8, 2010
In the middle of the Academy Awards, you may have wondered: Why are they nicknamed "The Oscars"? As it turns out, nobody is quite sure. There are two major theories, and neither of them are very interesting. Luckily, that little Art Deco statuette isn't the only ... More  →
Other Oscars

Real Detention Is Not Like The Breakfast Club

By Robert IsenbergMarch 5, 2010
The Breakfast Club hit movie theaters in 1985. For those who haven't seen it, it's about five teenagers stuck in detention. They chide, they chat, they admit to their bad behavior, and they all become better people by mid-afternoon. The movie became one of the ... More  →
Real Detention Is Not Like The Breakfast Club

Stock Characters on the City Bus

By Robert IsenbergMarch 3, 2010
People have to get around, and not all of us have cars (especially those of us who live in a city). For people-watchers, public transport is a blessing in disguise. And no matter where you go, there are some stock characters you might run into—on the ... More  →
Stock Characters on the City Bus

New Psychological Disorders

By Robert IsenbergMarch 2, 2010
Psychologists may not sanction the following list of disorders, and you won't find them in the DSM-IV. Still, we think you'll recognize this unofficial list of mental hiccups: Nomennonscisia: Amnesia that occurs when you see some person you've met, like, 100 times already, and you must ... More  →
New Psychological Disorders

11 Things We Learned from the 2010 Winter Olympics

By Robert IsenbergMarch 1, 2010
We thought we knew everything there is to know about snowy activities: we can build snowmen, stand on our own two ice skates, and even get to our cars without falling. But the Olympics reminded us that winter activities also involve risk-taking, scandal, and intrigue ... More  →
11 Things We Learned from the 2010 Winter Olympics

Cell Phone Obituaries

By Robert IsenbergFebruary 16, 2010
We hope the following rest in peace... or pieces: Motorola Brute: Though only two months old when it met its end, the Brute led an eventful life: Made 2 a.m. call to ex-boyfriend to "work things out," called AAA when Dad's Prius broke down, and was ... More  →
Cell Phone Obituaries

The Rise and Fall of a Garage Band

By Robert IsenbergFebruary 9, 2010
Ever thought about joining a band? You should know what you're in for. This is what will happen. 1. You like to play guitar. People say you're good at it. 2. You meet (a) a bass-player and (b) a drummer. Actually, they're already your friends. 3. One afternoon, ... More  →
The Rise and Fall of a Garage Band