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6 Famous People Who Couldn’t Read or Write

From Byzantine Emperors to Kings, from sports stars to Genghis Khan, the ruler of the greatest empire the world has ever known. Some tried and failed, some learned ...

A Few Facts About Sci Fi Giant Ray Bradbury
June 18, 2015

Ray Bradbury is one of the most iconic science fiction writers of all time, giving the world classics like Fahrenheit 451 and Something Wicked This Way Comes. The ...

The Story Behind Harvey Pekar’s Infamous Last Letterman Interview

On May 20, 2015, David Letterman ended his time hosting The Late Show on CBS, ending his more than three decades working in television. Before he was the host of The ...

13 Quotes From George Orwell

George Orwell is one of the most celebrated sci-fi novelists in the world, with his seminal novel 1984 serving as the baseline of paranoia-fueled dystopia. Animal ...

Hate Noise? You Might Be A Genius

Many of the world’s great thinkers have drawn a link between intellect and silence. Schopenhauer ranted in his essay: ‘On Noise’: “it paralyzes the brain, ...

3 Mental Delusions That Resemble Fairy Tales

Once seen as supernatural, these rare and disturbing mental delusions are now understood by science. But before such knowledge and diagnosis was available sufferers ...

Carl Sagan’s Brilliant ‘Baloney Detection Kit’

We can be fooled or manipulated by propaganda and pseudo-science, so Sagan’s kit is a brilliantly concise hit-list of how to test ideas and distinguish truth ...

7 Bizarre And Cruel Colonial Punishments

Rough justice ruled the American colonies and punishment was both brutal and public – from the pillory to branding, from branks, stocks and ducking stools to ...

15 Common Words You’re Probably Mispronouncing
May 15, 2015

Sometimes we mispronounce words because we’re in a hurry when we speak. We just want to cut to the chase. Here are 15 common words you’re probably ...

Trivia And Quotes About Controversial Author Bret Easton Ellis

Aside from his controversial novels, most of which have been adapted into films at one point or another (American Psycho, Less Than Zero, The Rules of Attraction), ...

12 Quotes From Author Chuck Palahniuk

Chuck Palahniuk hit fame and fortune after his late 90s novel, Fight Club, was turned into a cult film. Palahniuk is one of the busiest authors working today, ...

12 Movies You Might Not Know Were Based On Shakespeare Plays
April 29, 2015

While there are many straight up film adaptations of William Shakespeare’s plays, there are others that are also adaptations, but in disguised. Here are 12 ...

9 Really Weird Pluralizations

If you want to be a wordsmith, you’ve got to know how to work the English language. While it’s been said that English is one of the most difficult ...

Reading Can Save The Aging Brain: 10 Facts About Literacy
April 23, 2015

Annual World Book Day takes place on April 23 across the globe. This special day, inaugurated in 1995, celebrates reading and publishing. Sadly, not everyone around ...

8 Things You Didn’t Know About Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
April 22, 2015

There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that Kurt Vonnegut was a literary genius. From Slaughterhouse Five to Jailbird, every piece of work that the man produced ...

9 Comic Book Characters That Won’t Be Getting Their Own Movie Any Time Soon

Comic books have brought us many famous heroes and villains – images of Batman, Superman and their foes brought inspiration to many a young kid who wanted to ...

A Medieval Eye Potion Is Being Used Against the Superbug MRSA

Earlier CNN reported that a thousand-year-old Anglo-Saxon potion could be used to fight the MRSA superbug that has been going on since earlier this year. The potion ...

The Hidden David Foster Wallace References in Parks and Recreation
April 1, 2015

Parks and Recreation has a number of quirks, but one that has flown under the radar is that Michael Schur is completely obsessed with David Foster Wallace. In the ...

A Full Timeline of ‘Jurassic Park’, From Michael Crichton to Chris Pratt
March 30, 2015

As we gear up for this June’s release of Jurassic World, the fourth installment of the Jurassic Park franchise, let’s take a look back at how the last ...

All the Spielberg References from ‘Ready Player One’

This week, Steven Spielberg was announced as the director of Ready Player One. Based on the book of the same name by Ernest Cline, it tells the story of Wade, a ...

The Danish Girl: What You Need To Know Before Eddie Redmayne Plays Lili Elbe

After his stunning performance in The Theory of Everything, Eddie Redmayne was announced as the titular character of the film adaptation of “The Danish ...

These 13 Picture Books For Children Inspired Feature Length Films
March 18, 2015

Adapting a novel or a series of books for the big screen is tricky, but stretching a picture book less than 100 pages into a feature-length film is a real challenge. ...

9 Big Differences Between Showtime’s ‘Dexter’ and ‘Darkly Dreaming Dexter’
March 16, 2015

Showtime’s long-running hit Dexter is based on Jeff Lindsay’s Dexter series, specifically the first book Darkly Dreaming Dexter. How much do the book and ...

9 of the Biggest Differences Between the Harry Potter Films and the Books
March 16, 2015

The Harry Potter films are very faithful to the books, but as it is with any adaptation, some scenes and characters are left on the cutting room floor. Here are some ...

8 Facts You Need to Know About Terry Pratchett
March 16, 2015

Last week the fantasy and sci fi world lost one of its greats. Terry Pratchett contributed dozens of books that were beloved across the world, and yesterday he ...