Tuesday, April 25

The Debunker: Are Babies Born With Kneecaps?

by Ken Jennings

Babies: they're everywhere, especially when we fly coach. But how much do we really know about them? Ken Jennings of Jeopardy! fame asked if he could spend April debunking some persistent misconceptions about babies, in hopes that it will persuade the universe to deliver Beyoncé's twins this month. Hey—she cancelled Coachella on doctor's orders. It could happen.

The Debunker: Are Babies Born With Kneecaps?

This one was a favorite on those "Re: FW: Re: FW: FW: amazing trivia facts" emails that used to circle the Earth thirty times a day. Do those lists still exist? Did they ever colonize Facebook and find a new life? Anyway, alongside other dubious things on those lists (your heart stops when you sneeze! Winston Churchill was born in a ladies' room during a dance!) the nation's aunts and grandmothers very much wanted you to know one important fact about babies: they have no kneecaps.

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Monday, April 24

Music Monday: RIP So Far

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! Unlike last year, Scott hasn't needed a new RIP post every other day. But we've still lost a few notable music legends since January, so we sadly need to say goodbye. Let's get started, shall we?

David Axelrod

 

Without David Axelrod records Dr. Dre would never have built that gangsta sound that changed hip hop forever. That alone could have been enough to make him a music legend. But flip through Axelrod's production credits and you'll see a man who made a lasting contribution to the world of pop, jazz, soul, and beyond. He did enough for one life but I'm still sorry to lose him.

More goodbyes ahead, sadly.

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Saturday, April 22

 

Friday, April 21

 

Thursday, April 20

 

Wednesday, April 19

Woot This Week

by Kathleen Richards

Welcome to Woot This Week, where every week we count down five of the coolest/weirdest/craziest items currently for sale on Woot!

And now, without further ado, the top five cool things I found on Woot this week:

5. Joby GorillaPod K9 Stand for Cell Phones, $20.99

It looks like a crazy monster, but it's actually a crazy monster that holds your phone for you. Which is the best kind of crazy monster there is, if you ask me.

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Tuesday, April 18

The Debunker: Are Caesarean Sections Named for Julius Caesar?

by Ken Jennings

Babies: they're everywhere, especially when we fly coach. But how much do we really know about them? Ken Jennings of Jeopardy! fame asked if he could spend April debunking some persistent misconceptions about babies, in hopes that it will persuade the universe to deliver Beyoncé's twins this month. Hey—she cancelled Coachella on doctor's orders. It could happen.

The Debunker: Are Caesarean Sections Named for Julius Caesar?

The Caesarean section is an increasingly popular way to deliver babies in the United States. By 2011, a third of all babies in this country were born via C-section. But the technology isn't a new one. Ancient texts from China, India, Persia, Ireland, and Rome describe a similar technique—though it was inevitably fatal to the mother (and often the child as well) until the modern invention of antiseptic surgery.

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Monday, April 17

Music Monday: Spring = XTC

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! From Scott's point of view, there aren't many bands that feel as spring-like as XTC. So today, since we're comfortably into Spring, Scott's celebrating with a day of XTC! YOU MUST CELEBRATE TOO!

XTC - King For A Day

 

You can just hear the sunshine in the guitar, can't you? I'm not sure there's a better song for lying in the grass and relaxing. XTC is perfect for doing nothing with. Just sit on your porch, balcony or corner stoop and be.

Got four more, coming right up. And then it's your turn to talk about spring.

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Saturday, April 15

 

Friday, April 14