Right about now, Santa is making a list, checking it twice and then a third time to make sure no good little boy or girl will be maimed by a hazardous doodad in a brightly colored package.
Note: Please enjoy your leftover Thanksgiving turkey and this slightly edited, warmed-over column first published back in 2000, when the Great Smokey Mountains Railroad train now called the Polar Express was known as the Santa Express and hauled a cargo of youngsters, parents and grandparent…
More than 15,000 scientists from 184 countries have a message for the rest of us: If we keep shoving cheeseburgers down our goozles, bulldozing forests to build a never-ending stream of strip malls and producing young ‘uns like there is no tomorrow, there might be no tomorrow.
In this confusing world of ours, is a bicyclist’s one-finger highway salute aimed at the president of the United States’ motorcade just a good old-fashioned form of political protest or is it an obscene gesture violating a company’s social media policy and a clear-cut firing offense?
In a stunning revelation, the U.S. Air Force broke the hearts of millions of children who follow its official Twitter account (that number is just an estimate, by the way) when it told two feuding Air Force bases, “Santa will bring you nothing this year...becuase he isn't real!”
If I could have one superpower, it would be the ability to kill spiders anywhere on the planet with just the power of my mind.
Author’s note: I was too busy finding a Halloween costume to write a new column this week, so please enjoy this slightly edited offering first published a few years back.
Research from the American Automobile Association finds that new vehicle “infotainment systems” take drivers’ attention off the road for dangerous amounts of time while anecdotal research just released by me finds that an old car stereo that works only because a plastic pocket breath-fresher…
I’ve been financially courted by alleged officials of foreign lands and supposed members of royal families who are out, with my most gracious participation, to split a big cash reward, but it’s the first time I’ve gotten an offer I can’t refuse from someone pretending to be the former First …
Some parents accompany their small children down the playground slide a couple of times to show their little ones the trip from the top to the bottom – and maybe even life itself – isn’t always as scary as it seems. We see them as nurturing caregivers hoping to instill confidence and indepen…
The latest edition of Guinness World Records hit the shelves – if you still have a bookstore in your town – on Sept. 7 and as always it is packed from cover to cover with the kind of oddities that make many of us say, “Do what now?”
As a man of science, which I will pretend to be for the next 600 words or so, I like to keep up with the latest scientific research, then present a slightly bent and truncated version of that research as a public service to loyal readers -- both of you -- so you can stay informed while devot…
Tobe Hooper didn’t invent the chain saw, of course, but he helped make it one of the most iconic movie props of all time.
Author’s note: I was so busy staring directly at the sun this week I did not have time to write a new column. Please enjoy this slightly updated work from a few years back.
It’s the kind of news that makes emoji lovers shed a cartoon-like tear: A new study suggests a “smiley face emoji and similar emoticons included in work-related e-mails may not create a positive impression and could even undermine information sharing.”
It may be the heat, it may be the humidity or it may be a startling lack of self control and/or common sense, but quite a few people are making headlines for shedding their tops, their bottoms or both this summer.
When the public demands hard-hitting monkey news, the Monkey Action News Team swings into action, never afraid to fling handfuls of truth at our faithful readers who yearn for all things monkey.
It’s a correction no media outlet wants to make. As the Dallas Morning News put it so delicately on July 17, an American Airlines spokesperson said a multitude of news stories “claiming a flight was evacuated because of fart-related odors are false.”
On Aug. 21, North America will experience a solar eclipse, a particularly awe-inspiring event for those along or near the path of totality and one that will scare the bejeezus out of those who haven’t been paying attention and are surprised by the world’s unexpected plunge into darkness.
Thanks to a new state law, any nut job -- er, I mean concerned citizen -- in Florida can challenge what is taught in public schools, from evolution to global warming to two plus two equals four.
Our world is awash in violent extremists, killer French fries and insane 3-foot-tall dictators who pal around with washed up NBA stars, but the big news for now is this: Ken has a man bun