Homer's Last Theorem

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A look into the deep, dark, strangely complicated world of Simpsons mathematics. By Simon Singh.

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LISTEN: Travel gadgets for your next trip

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This week, Xeni, Mark and Jason talk TSA-friendly backpacks, aromatherapy to help you sleep, and two travel must-haves for your phablet and vehicle batteries.

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Street Angel 003: Ninja Basketball!

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Street Angel searches for Dr. Pangea’s secret lair, with the help of her friend, the Bald Eagle. By Jim Rugg and Brian Maruca

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Solitary Vices: Mikita Brottman on the Books in Her Life

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Mark Dery talks with the critic and psychoanalyst about the terrors of reading.

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Intro to measuring tools

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As Steve Hoefer’s uncle would say, “I cut it twice and it’s still too short.”

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Prog rock: the sound of history's future

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In the 1970s, a new wave of bands looked beyond the drugginess of psychedelia to classical music as the true guide. Peter Bebergal explores the occult roots of the prog-rock genre.

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What are the best Halloween candies?

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This is the real reason we dress up like zombies giant bottles of catsup. David Ng and Ben Cohen present a survey to determine your favorites in anticipation of this year’s all-important hierarchical delineation of candy goodness.

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New York City's Placebo Buttons and The Post Hoc Fallacy

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David McRaney explains why placebo buttons surround you, pretending to do your bidding.

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Apps bring new possibilities to board games

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Matt M. Casey on Golem Arcana, one of the new offerings whose gameplay leaps from tabletop to tablet.

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An NFL Fan Defends the "R" Word

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Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH a team named after an ethnic slur is defended.

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Ladies Love Cool James

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This week’s Hip Hop Family Tree strip introduces LL Cool J into the fold. By Ed Piskor

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When Art Rocked: San Francisco Music Posters, 1966-1971

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Ben Marks explores the history of the psychedelic rock poster.

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Best ever cooperative boardgames

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Joshua Glenn and Elizabeth Foy Larsen recommend their favorite cooperative board games.

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Paolo Bacigalupi's "The Doubt Factory"

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From one of science fiction’s most versatile writers comes a caper novel about corporate sleaze and net-savvy guerrilla activists that is as thrilling as it is trenchant. Cory Doctorow reviews Paolo Bacigalupi’s The Doubt Factory.

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Extreme Haunted Houses are actually Jackass Escape Houses

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Haunted Houses are made to entertain you as you laugh and scream at startle scares. Jackass Escape Houses are physical and sexual assault simulations with little to no story or world-building. By haunted attraction expert Oni Hartstein

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