Debunking Etymological Myths. A grammarian sets us straight on some word origin stories we've heard all our lives.
Dr. Harvey Cushing revolutionized brain surgery in the early 20th century. Before imaging, antibiotics, or even effective anesthesia, he could remove brain tumors and extend patients' lives. (via Boing Boing)
Sentient Fireballs and Biting Lights. Historical accounts of luminescent anomalies, or, as Jerry Lee Lewis would say, "great balls of fire".
How to Turn a Frog Egg Into a Robot’s Artificial Nose. They don't really expect you to do it, but some scientists plan to!
Behind the Scenes of Macbeth. Getting the cursed play to the stage for the first time was an epic adventure in itself.
The Taxi Gourmet. Layne Mosler gets into a taxi and asks the driver to take her to his favorite restaurant. Then she writes about it so we can take the bus instead. (via Metafilter)
The Truth About Infographics. Presented on, yes, another infographic.
Body art puts paint next to nothing. Artists once painted nude bodies on canvas; now the naked body IS the canvas!