Mar 16, 2018

Lesser-Known Facts About Stephen Hawking

In some ways, you could say that guest-starring on The Simpsons was the least of his accomplishments!

Nov 11, 2016

2016 NFL Picks - Week 10

You didn't ask for an all-limerick NFL picks column, but you're getting one!

Nov 4, 2016

2016 NFL Picks - Week 9

Naturally last week I picked my best week of the season not to select my five favorite games because I didn't "feel good about any of them."

Jul 15, 2016

Things Santa Does in the Summer

Luckily, all the passive-aggressive e-mail hashing out the schedule for the timeshare he splits with the Easter Bunny is overwith by Memorial Day.

Feb 6, 2012

You Will Never Kill Piracy, And Piracy Will Never Kill You

Nov 11, 2011

NFL 2011 - Week 10

The football picks are back! Not with a vengeance, by any stretch of the imagination... but they're back nonetheless.

Oct 24, 2011

Is reading on the loo bad for you?

Oct 21, 2011

It's Official: To Protect Baby's Brain, Turn Off TV

Sep 22, 2011

Mike's Top Ten TV Shows of the 2010-2011 Season

Will you still view me as a credible critic after seeing The Glee Project on my list? I suppose that means you had to see me as credible in the first place, so there.

Aug 26, 2011

How to get $12 billion of gold to Venezuela

Aug 8, 2011

Can a heat wave make you insane?

Jun 17, 2011

Kids who spot bullshit, and the adults who get upset about it

May 3, 2011

Closing Pandora's Box

Apr 15, 2011

The Straight Dope

Apr 11, 2011

The "Nonplussed" Problem

Apr 1, 2011

Authorities in Awe of Drug-Runners' Jungle-Built, Kevlar-Coated Supersubs

Mar 22, 2011

A Cure for Writer's Block

Feb 11, 2011

How to Make Anything Signify Anything

Dec 7, 2010

Cat Box

Dec 3, 2010

Mystery Surrounds Cyber Missile That Crippled Iran's Nuclear Weapons Ambitions

Oct 7, 2010

Roy Halladay Was Made For This Moment

Oct 1, 2010

Scientists use hovering zeppelin to film whales

Sep 3, 2010

A.V. Club Interview: Author Mary Roach

Aug 26, 2010

Fake Jail, Real Money: The Similarities Between Wealth And Confinement

Jul 20, 2010

LAUSD's Dance of the Lemons

Jul 6, 2010

The Killer in the Pool

Jun 25, 2010

Toilets: A simple solution to world health issues

May 28, 2010

Magic numbers: A meeting of mathemagical tricksters

May 18, 2010

The Secret Life of Your Home

Apr 27, 2010

The Boy Who Grew Up to Be Charles Manson's Son

Apr 20, 2010

Time Traveler Caught in Museum Photo?

Apr 2, 2010

Why We Must Fire Bad Teachers

Mar 30, 2010

Art of the Steal

Mar 5, 2010

The Man in the Bomb Suit

Feb 12, 2010

Why do human testicles hang like that?

Feb 5, 2010

Crash Blossoms

Jan 8, 2010

The Naked Truth About Airport Scanners

Jan 1, 2010

Is aviation security mostly for show?

The waiting is the hardest part

Dec 29, 2009

The Odds of Airborne Terror

Dec 22, 2009

The Top Ten Stories of the Last 4.5 Billion Years

Dec 15, 2009

Monday Puzzle: Magic Phone Calls

Dec 4, 2009

Against Camel Case

Nov 27, 2009

NFL 2009, Week 12 - Part Two

I need a good week. I'm only one game above .500.

Nov 20, 2009

6 Things That Shouldn't Explode (But Did Anyway)

Nov 17, 2009

Side Effects May Include...

Oct 30, 2009

Seven questions that keep physicists up at night

Oct 27, 2009

Commencement Speech to the Havard Class of 2000

The Anatomy of Determination

The 9 Manliest Names in the World

Oct 20, 2009

Wall Street Smarts

Oct 9, 2009

7 Secrets Only Two Living People Know (For Some Reason)

The Stories Behind 10 Famous Product Placements

Oct 6, 2009

Can a Woman "Prong" a Man?

Oct 2, 2009

Where The Buffalo Roamed

Sep 24, 2009

From carry-on to eBay: The journey of airport security booty

Sep 8, 2009

What the Dog Saw

Aug 18, 2009

Secrets of Magus

GM: Still Making the Same Mistakes

Aug 7, 2009


Jul 21, 2009

First Person: Frank Ahearn

Jul 17, 2009

Hands or Paws or Anything They Got

Jul 14, 2009

Bamboozling Ourselves

Jul 10, 2009

Essential Life Lesson #1: Over is Right, Under is Wrong

Jul 3, 2009

The Man Who Said No to Wal-Mart

Jun 30, 2009

The Whipmaster

Jun 19, 2009

New Glimpses of Life's Puzzling Origins

Jun 5, 2009

Easy Solutions #1

Feb 9, 2009

Coca-Cola Classic to be "Classic" no more

Jan 23, 2009

The Weekly Log - 1/23/09

Normally on Fridays in this space you get an NFL picks column out of me. Such a column is significantly more difficult to put together when there is no NFL football being played, so I debut a new Friday feature. I hope you like it.

Dec 9, 2008

41 Tips For Writing Funny Lines

Nov 25, 2008

The Plan

Nov 18, 2008

A Word from Our Sponsors

It appears we're not exactly pulling in the cream of the crop when it comes to ad buys.

Nov 17, 2008

Excerpt from Outliers

Nov 5, 2008

The Mystery of the Major League Baseball Logo Designer

Oct 31, 2008

Least Popular Halloween Treats for 2008

For those who'd like to avoid having their house egged and TP'd.

Oct 16, 2008

The Things He Carried

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