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Fictional Illnesses

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 9:02am

R2-D2-berculosis? In this game, we've mashed up the names of fictional comic, sci-fi and fantasy characters with medical diseases or conditions. Welcome to the hypochondriac's Comic Con.

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One Letter Away From Fame

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 9:02am

Take a single letter away from a celebrity's name and he's transformed. If the star of World War Z lost a letter in his first name, he becomes a piece of lingerie: "Bra Pitt."

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Heroic Tunes

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 9:02am

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's house musician Jonathan Coulton, performing Five For Fighting's soft-rock classic "Superman (It's Not Easy)" with rewritten lyrics about famous comic book heroes!

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Something Borrowed

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 9:02am

Karaoke. Guru. Opera. This game features "loanwords," English words that have been "borrowed" from other languages. Can you guess the loanword from its language of origin and the English translation?

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300 Spartans Can't Be Wrong

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 9:02am

Inspired by the film 300, all answers rhyme with King Leonidas' notorious line, "This is Sparta!" and should be delivered in your best Spartan yell.

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Neil, Gamin': The Author Is Quizzed On Gilbert & Sullivan

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 9:02am

When he was nine years old, Neil Gaiman won a newspaper contest about Gilbert & Sullivan. See how much he remembers about the duo's 19th century operettas...and whether he can sing his answers.

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It's A Neil Gaiman Universe; We Just Live In It

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 9:02am

How familiar are you with the Gaimanverse? The author of Coraline, American Gods and Sandman tries to stump a superfan with fake descriptions of fantastical characters.

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A New Collection, Well-Furnished With Munro's Best

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 8:30am

Family Furnishings collects 24 of short story master Alice Munro's best works. Reviewer Jane Ciabattari calls it a superb introduction to Munro, and a reminder that she's a writer to be cherished.

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A Great Director — Who's Also A Woman — Might Direct 'Wonder Woman'

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 8:07am

Breaking Bad and Game Of Thrones veteran Michelle MacLaren is reportedly a strong candidate to direct the upcoming Wonder Woman movie.

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'Three-Body Problem' Asks A Classic Sci-Fi Question, In Chinese

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 6:03am

Chinese sci-fi author Cixin Liu bridges the gap between East and West in his new novel, a tale of alien first contact influenced by Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke and Chinese history and mythology.

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How Kodak's Shirley Cards Set Photography's Skin-Tone Standard

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 2:45am

Named for the original model — an employee of Kodak — the portraits were used by photo labs to calibrate printers. But until the 1970s, that model was always white.

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