The Guy Who Patented the Ouija Board Has a Oujia Board Gravestone

If you're really serious about communicating with the dead, one would guess you'd get the best reception with a Ouija board that's conveniently installed in a cemetery. This is the headstone of Elijah Bond, who patented the Ouija board, the beloved game that's entertained and terrified people for over a century. Can… » 10/31/14 4:20pm Yesterday 4:20pm

Halloween Still Smells Like a Plastic Pumpkin Pail

I was never a pillowcase kid. Fill the sheets that I put my head on with the goods, risking an errant Mr. Goodbar besmirching my sleeping quarters? No thanks. Besides, a pillowcase would need to go in the wash eventually. My plastic pumpkin was a dedicated trick-or-treating device. And somehow, it managed to stay… » 10/31/14 12:56pm Yesterday 12:56pm

The Internet Was Unable to Buy Itself a Ghost Town After All

It was a longshot, a dream, a Google Doc-enabled fantasy. In the end, 82 people used an online spreadsheet to pledge over $122,000 for a ghost town, but alas, it was not enough. Some lucky buyer (I assume it was one person) snatched up all 62 acres of Johnsonville, Connecticut for $1.9 million. » 10/31/14 11:40am Yesterday 11:40am

IKEA Sit/Stand Desk Review: I Can't Believe How Much I Like This

Standing desks are not cheap. Or at least, the extremely handy motorized ones aren't. That's why everyone—including this desk-agnostic blogger—freaked out when IKEA announced that it would sell a sit/stand desk powered by electricity for less than $500. Finally, a healthy desk option for the masses. Finally! » 10/30/14 3:02pm Thursday 3:02pm

The Dad Rock Version of The War of the Worlds

On this very night in 1938, a radio broadcast of The War of the Worlds may or may not have caused mass hysteria for American listeners. But there's another War of the Worlds that scared me much more as a kid. For me, there's the HG Wells version, the Orson Wells version, and the rock opera version by composer Jeff… » 10/30/14 7:30pm Thursday 7:30pm

Dubai's Newest Twin Towers Will Look Like a Pair of Blunts

Economic downturn be damned, this pair of spliff-shaped buildings are determined to rise high on the Dubai horizon. While they won't give the Burj Khalifa a run for its money, these twin towers are already being touted as the world's tallest duo. I hope they will be nicknamed the Dubai Brothers. Get it, because Dubai… » 10/29/14 5:36pm Wednesday 5:36pm

That Time the Internet Teamed Up to Buy a Town Through a Google Doc

Ghost towns are known to pop up on Craigslist and eBay every once in awhile, but are often snapped up just as fast by eager developers or industrious preppers. Not so for the 62-acre town of Johnsonville, Connecticut which is currently up for auction after remaining abandoned for more than 20 years. Now, a group of… » 10/29/14 4:37pm Wednesday 4:37pm

Citi Bike Is Finally Being Treated Like Public Transit

After months of troubles reported by New York City's bikeshare, it seems that Citi Bike has finally charted a path towards success. It's going to be more expensive, but will offer improved service and more bikes. But here's the change that will make all the difference: Citi Bike will get a new leader—one who used to… » 10/29/14 3:33pm Wednesday 3:33pm

How Beetlejuice Taught Me To Love Contemporary Design

I grew up in one of those typically suburban Colonial Revival homes, all bricks and columns and shutters. It wasn't old, but it was designed to look that way, and in many aspects it was quite convincing. In fact, it looked a lot like the quaint New England cottage owned by Barbara and Adam Maitland. Until they died. » 10/28/14 9:00pm Tuesday 9:00pm

My Brief and Curious Life As a Mechanical Turk

As accomplished as modern-day computers are, there are some very basic things even the smartest machines have yet to master: tough judgment calls, advanced image recognition, making goofy faces, conducting psychological surveys. These are an assortment of tasks we humans can still claim as our own. Or at least, that… » 10/28/14 9:40am Tuesday 9:40am

The best time to buy airline tickets is on Sunday 57 days in advance

The holiday travel season is coming, and here's some important new data that might help you enjoy it more: The cheapest airline fares can be found 57 days before your planned departure. What's more, the best day of the week to buy those tickets is now Sunday—which has changed in recent years. It used to be Tuesday. » 10/28/14 6:30pm Tuesday 6:30pm