Funny Stuff

Teeny Barcodes Tracked Mating Habits of Bees
Teeny Barcodes Tracked Mating Habits of Bees

Scan this: October 7 is the 60th anniversary of the barcode, those ubiquitous sets of black… >>

Stuffed Deer Heads and OCD: Ellen's 8 Best Gags
Stuffed Deer Heads and OCD: Ellen’s 8 Best Gags

On October 29, The Kennedy Center will award Ellen DeGeneres the Mark Twain Prize for… >>

Strange Views: Caught in Google's All-Seeing Eye
Strange Views: Caught in Google’s All-Seeing Eye

This is spooky...and fascinating: Design magazine Demilked recently featured Canadian artist Jon… >>

Squeaky Door Sounds Like Miles Davis
Squeaky Door Sounds Like Miles Davis

Jazz artists study sheet music, expand on techniques and fine-tune their sound for years to… >>

Shaming for Laughs: Who's a Bad Dog?
Shaming for Laughs: Who’s a Bad Dog?

A few months ago, I was struck by a photo I spotted on a news site. A teenage boy was… >>

Saving the Sounds of the Past
Saving the Sounds of the Past

As a kid, I spent a lot of time with a Speak & Spell in my lap (though you might not know it… >>

Read All About It! Marty McFly's Hometown Paper is One Wacky Rag
Read All About It! Marty McFly’s Hometown Paper is One Wacky Rag

Jonathan Chait, a smart and incisive political reporter for New York Magazine, writes often and… >>

Presenting: The Best Word Ever
Presenting: The Best Word Ever

Do you have a favorite word? When I asked that question around the office, the answers included… >>

Pooches Pose for Doggone Funny Pics
Pooches Pose for Doggone Funny Pics

I have a guinea pig, and it’s arguably the most serious beast I’ve ever laid eyes on… >>

Phyllis Diller’s Best Gags
Phyllis Diller’s Best Gags

Growing up, I was never a big fan of Phyllis Diller’s. I know this is a lousy way to… >>

Perfect for Parties: The Great Birthday Riddle
Perfect for Parties: The Great Birthday Riddle

Quick: take a fast guess at this dinner party-worthy math problem. How many people would I have to… >>

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Oh, Deer: Fargo Woman Is Accidental Sensation

I would probably sleep much better if I didn’t keep my iPad on my nightstand, invariably tapping… >>

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New App: Best Political Satire All In One Place

With four debates and countless campaign stops and political ads gone by (not to mention the daily… >>

Neat Trick: How to Sip Soda Through a Straw
Neat Trick: How to Sip Soda Through a Straw

It sounds so simple: stick a straw in the can and drink, right? But as this fun video shows, it's… >>

Napolean Wasn't Short! 5 Historical Myths Debunked
Napolean Wasn’t Short! 5 Historical Myths Debunked

This video from the Smithsonian's terrific website blew my mind, and I expect it will blow yours… >>

Must-See Videos: Three Wild & Crazy Talents
Must-See Videos: Three Wild & Crazy Talents

If you've ever watched America's Got Talent or seen a performer in a train station or park, you… >>

Must Read: Derek Jeter's (Fake) Diary
Must Read: Derek Jeter’s (Fake) Diary

You don't have to be a fan of the New York Yankees to appreciate writer Mark Lisanti's brilliant… >>

Monsters University, Now Accepting Applications
Monsters University, Now Accepting Applications

Though my interest in the latest Pixar flicks has diminished slightly since I first saw Toy Story… >>

Misspellings Give Old Movies New Life on Tumblr
Misspellings Give Old Movies New Life on Tumblr

All it takes is the removal of one letter to make a movie title take on a whole new… >>

Mel Brooks Tells Funny Stories, and His Favorite Joke
Mel Brooks Tells Funny Stories, and His Favorite Joke

Suddenly, Mel Brooks is hot … again! At age 86, the writer/director of such comedy classics as… >>