Which is not to be confused with Ways to Kill the Noid Using a Plumber's PVC Apparatus.
Including a probability puzzle which will drive you as mad as the Monty Hall problem – honestly, what is wrong with these people?—JS
Lorne makes the magazine's top ten list – right below MTV's Jersey Shore! – for his innovative product placement integration at SNL.—JS
I would have called the piece "Humans: Why We Triumphed," because the likelihood of a non-human ever reading it seems pretty low. Other than that, though: pretty interesting stuff.—JM
I'm not necessarily a huge fan of NBA basketball or of the Star Wars films, but I have at least heard of both of those things. And I think that's just about all you need to be able to enjoy this piece. Not that Posnanski ever isn't enjoyable.—JM
Who studies the relationship between birth order among siblings and its effect on stolen bases in major league baseball? Awesome people, that's who.—BK
Competitive fairness really is one of the best arguments against interleague play in baseball, and Sheehan lays it out quite nicely.—BK
Okay, so MacGruber was a dud, to the surprise of very few. Forte is still a comic genius, as you know if you've seen him on 30 Rock, Sit Down, Shut Up, or How I Met Your Mother.—JS
Analyzing the ramifications of American Needle v. NFL. The full impact of needle v. MLB is yet to be seen.—JS
How Law & Order became a lifeline for New York actors during its 20-year run on NBC.—BK
Come on, why would they give us anything other than more of the lucid, straightforward, plain-spoken storytelling we've come to enjoy over the years?
After years of teasing the poor bastard, we might have him to thank after all.—JS
A discussion with the author of the "Shit My Dad Says" Twitter feed, which is becoming a CBS sitcom this fall. (Apparently, CBS is spelling it $#*! My Dad Says – I can only assume the announcer will be bleeped in the promos?)—JS
The author describes "The Big Bang Theory" as "one of [her] favorite shows." I'm sorry, universe, but it doesn't matter how many people whose TV opinions I respect end up telling me that "The Big Bang Theory" is watchable. I mean, come on, universe; you and I both know that can't possibly be the case.—JM
You don't have to be particularly (or even remotely) religiously interested to find stuff like this, well, interesting.—JM
From Somali pirates to the new Star Trek movie to Obama's first 100 days in office (and more!), enjoy some of our favorite jokes from one year ago.
Part of a series on the 2009-10 TV season, it's a look at how the fantastic Modern Family is crafting a new formula for the family sitcom. (Spoiler alert if you haven't watched the episode "Starry Night" from earlier this year.)—BK
Banks was one of my favorite players when he was with the Twins, and was also a favorite of a Red Sox-loving friend of mine when Banks later pitched for Boston. There was just something about the guy.—BK
An excerpt from Bryson's forthcoming book, At Home. When Bryson puts out a book in which he digs deeper into things, you should go ahead and buy that book.—JS
Worms, hacking, and global botnets – no this isn't another profile of Crispin Glover.—JS
I just found out that NBC has downgraded Parks & Recreation to mid-season replacement status for next year, which is terrible news. So I'm turning today into Parks & Recreation Link Day in the world's lamest, most futile attempt to get more people to watch one of the funniest shows on TV.—BK
How P&R co-creators Greg Daniels and Michael Schur tinkered with the show to transform a lackluster Season 1 into a stellar Season 2.—BK
Celebrating 62 years of ancillary carbon monoxide poisoning!
As tiresome and needlessly divisive as the red-state/blue-state map is, it turns out you can use it to predict the stability of families pretty well, and the results may surprise you. (You can read an excerpt from the book in question.)—JS
It's a shame Singel takes such a pee-drinking, tinfoil-hat-wearing, shrill tone, because some of the privacy concerns he cites would sound downright reasonable coming from a normal person.—JS
I read this a few years ago, and I don't know what prompted me to link to it now. But read it; it's fascinating. And there's nobody better at this than Gene Weingarten.—JM
Jamie Moyer is still pitching in the Major Leagues – and pitching effectively, for the most part – at age 47. 47!—JM
Joe devotes a non-sports column (though there's still a little sports) to a long, meandering (but always interesting) explanation of why Brendan Fraser just might be his favorite actor working today (seriously).—BK
Zounds, yes! It kills me that Richard Dawkins's excellent concept for the spread of ideas (vs. genes, which spread physical traits) has been co-opted by the swappers of kitty photos. (Next, abolish everything else on this "spring cleaning" list.)—JS
Just a fascinating look at how baseball has grown more specialized, and the result is more plate appearances than ever ending in a walk or strikeout, which means less action on the field, longer games, and, for many fans, a slightly more boring product.—BK
You just know the make-up sex is going to be really, really good.
They're not talking about the secret porn rooms, or burying the bodies of the day's teacup ride victims (of course the really interesting stuff gets glossed over).—JS
A great look at the upcoming film from a behind-the-story standpoint, and a discussion of how Unkrich mixes the old with the new at Pixar.—JS
Dude. Duuuuude! I mean, I don't think this is actually the case, but, still. Duuuuude!—JM
"The first time she saw [Kirby's statue], she did say the butt was too small." I'm not making that up; that's real. God bless the Minnesota Twins, you guys. Seriously. I can't imagine being a fan of any other baseball team. Even one that's won a World Series recently.—JM
I suspect that "Friday Night Lights" will hold this title until it goes off the air for good. There's really nothing "Modern Family" or anybody else can do, which is a bit of a shame, but "Friday Night Lights" is just so damn good.
If so, can he or she use it to hack the myth of the "typically developing child" to death, so all the obsessive parents being driven to anxiety by the concept of what's "normal" can finally get some much-needed rest?—BK
As you might expect, Ebert makes a number of excellent points, written, as always, from the point of view of someone who simply loves movies with every fiber of his being.—BK
Hey, Fallows is back – and going gangbusters! What an interesting weekend.—JS
Obama rules; Jay Leno is an unfunny dumbass. I was going to type that into the Internet anyway – thanks for giving it some context!—JS
Tread lightly if you prefer to know absolutely nothing about the plot of the movie – but this is a fascinating angle at marketing the movie to a slightly older demographic than is typically assumed.—JS
This is, hands down, the longest Scott Adsit interview I've ever seen. I can only now conclude, based on this evidence alone, that Movieline is awesome.—BK