How common is your birthday?

Do you ever feel like you're always running into people with your birthday? It might not be you; it might be the date that you were born. Matt Stiles' birthday heat map gives us a picture of which birthdays are the most and least common in the United States. » 6/08/13 9:30am 6/08/13 9:30am

Which fictional character shares your birthday?

Were you a January baby? You might share your birthday with Severus Snape, Sherlock Holmes, or Buffy the Vampire Slayer. If you're a Pisces, you keep astrological company with Zoe Washburne and Bruce Wayne. With which fictional character do you share your birthday? » 4/15/12 8:00am 4/15/12 8:00am

How do trick candles work?

A little bit of science is brought into everyone's life on that fateful day they try to blow out birthday candles while making a wish, only to see the candles do the impossible and reignite. » 7/04/11 8:00am 7/04/11 8:00am

Happy 100th birthday, Fritz Leiber!

Today's the 100th anniversary of the birth of fantasy master Fritz Leiber. Over at RPG blog Grognardia, they're discussing what made his work so special, including realistic characters and a sense of adventure. What's your favorite Leiber novel? » 12/24/10 11:33am 12/24/10 11:33am

Happy 154th birthday, Nikola Tesla!

Happy birthday, you death-ray-inventing, no-sex-having, alternate-current-pioneering, been-dead-for-67-years mad genius. In lieu of presents, we offer you this fine song. срећан рођендан, Никола Тесла. » 7/10/10 3:30pm 7/10/10 3:30pm

Celebrate the 85th Anniversary of Weird Tales

85 years old this month, Weird Tales is the magazine of the "bizarre and unusual" that sustained the career of H.P. Lovecraft and his scifi-horror pals back in the 1920s when it first launched. In its early days, Weird Tales set itself apart from other pulps by always going one step deeper into the freak zone.… » 4/11/08 7:00am 4/11/08 7:00am