Thursday, April 03

The Trivial Eye: Young Adult Novels

by Jason Toon
Today, the day after International Children's Book Day, seems like a good time to celebrate Young Adult novels. Of course, in a better world, they would just be called novels. Those who judge a book by which section it's shelved in are missing out. The best YA fiction can be as serious, as funny, and as moving as anything on the latest prize shortlist - and I'm sure at least one of these classics has left an indelible impression on you, too.

 

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Tuesday, April 01

The Debunker: Did Henry VIII Divorce Any of His Wives?

by Ken Jennings

Put on a purple hat and rent some Corgis: Queen Elizabeth II is turning 87 years old this month! (Actually, the queen celebrates her official public birthday in June, because the weather is likely to be nicer then. That is a true fact. But she was actually born in April.) In honor of Her Majesty, we’ve asked Jeopardy! smart-arse Ken Jennings to spend the month debunking misinformation about the monarchy. Apparently we’ve been royally misled for years.

The Debunker: Did Henry VIII Divorce Any of His Wives?

“Divorced, beheaded, died, / Divorced, beheaded, survived.” That’s the mnemonic rhyme we used in school when we were studying the life of Larry King. Oops, that’s wrong. Just dug out my old notes. King Henry VIII of England.

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Now Highering: Woot Copy Editor

by Amy Nance

Its a sad day hear at Woot. It seems our deer copy editor had some sort of psychotic brake yesterday and won't be returning. We found him sititing behind his desk, mumbling something abou to, two and too ... or maybe tutus, were not really shure. We just held and rocked him for a while, shushed him and said "their they're" until they came and took him away. Its to bad. We really licked that guy. And through hell always be in our hearts, we must move one.

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Monday, March 31

Music Monday: Tools & Gardens

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! If you didn't notice Woot Tools & Garden turns one today! Scott was feeling lazy thought it would be fun to pick out his favorite tool, garden and automotive songs. He encourages you to do the same to make it look like this was a good idea. HERE'S THE FIRST ONE NOW

Queen - Hammer To Fall

 

A hammer is the tool most people think of first. Queen is the band most people love. They're a natural fit, aren't they? Seems like it to me.

More T&G love coming up inside. See you after the jump!

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Happy Birthday, Woot Tools & Garden!

by Scott Lydon

Was it really just one year ago that we here over here announcing that Woot Tools & Garden had bloomed from the harsh cold ground? It's hard to believe, but it's true. Something like 52 Mondays hence, that little site came to life. And now it seems like it's always been here.

Anyway, in honor of this very special day, we're having a little celebration for the next fortnight*. Check out a special soundtrack, or the Woot Tools & Garden main page, or the various Woot Plus sales, or our Facebook, or maybe even our Twitter because in some or all of these places you'll see us giving away our presents to you! Sadly, we can't offer slices of cake. You'll have to buy that somewhere else.

*if you don't know what a fortnight is maybe look it up on this new thing called Google

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Thursday, March 27

 

Tuesday, March 25

The Debunker: Are There Super-Smart People with Photographic Memory?

by Ken Jennings

Did you know that the second week of March is Brain Awareness Week around the globe? You didn’t? You weren’t aware of your brain? Conscious of your consciousness? Well, get with the program. March is perhaps the brainiest month of the year—it’s also when we celebrate the 1879 birthday of famous smarty-pants Albert Einstein, and the 1946 beginning of Mensa intelligence testing. But it turns out people will believe just about anything they hear about what’s going up between their ears. We’ve asked Ken Jennings to fact-check some particularly lame-brained misconceptions about gray matter.

The Debunker: Are There Super-Smart People with “Photographic Memory”?

When people recognize me from my streak on the quiz show Jeopardy!, it’s one of the most common questions I get, right up there with “What is Alex Trebek really like?” and “Why do you still dress so badly?” People always want to know, “You have a photographic memory, right?” I don’t! What a useful thing that would be, to be able to casually glance at a page of text, or a map, or a painting, and remember it forever. I think the NSA would pay for that skill.

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Monday, March 24

Music Monday: Lies

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! Music has always been about the dark side of life, so one must expect that lies would be mentioned regularly. Today Scott's picked five songs about lies. Do you have any to add? It'll be your turn at the end! Honest!

Fleetwood Mac - Little Lies

 

Lies can be weird, because sometimes they're what we WANT to hear. We know they're fake, but we still want 'em whispered at us. And, to be fair, sometimes the world is just better when wrapped in lies.

See you after the jump! Unless we're just making that up. You gotta ask yourself… can you trust this blog post?

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