The books Mark Twain "dictated" from beyond the grave

There are always folks trying to exploit the success of authors long after those authors have died. Whether it's capitalizing on a famous ancestor (see Dacre Stoker) or continuing to publish under a deceased writer's pen name, some writers and publishers refuse to let celebrity novelists rest in peace. But few tales… » 11/04/12 1:00pm 11/04/12 1:00pm

ABC is developing the steampunk adventures of Tom Sawyer and…

With one set of public domain heroes already settling in comfortably at Once Upon a Time, ABC is ready to give a pair of classic American characters a modern update. The network has announced that it is developing Finn & Sawyer, a detective TV series about Mark Twain's Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn set in a… » 8/18/12 3:00pm 8/18/12 3:00pm

Behold, Dr. Zaius as Mark Twain, courtesy of John Hodgman

A while back, comedian/erstwhile Four Loko taste-tester John Hodgman saw a photo of actor Maurice Evans in full Dr. Zaius make-up on the set of The Planet of The Apes reading a biography of Mark Twain. Judging from the evidence, Hodgman wondered if Evans had secretly been planning a Zaius-centric performance of Hal… » 2/10/12 4:00pm 2/10/12 4:00pm

Everything You Need to Know About the Madness of Nikola Tesla

When you hear the name Nikola Tesla, chances are you think of the Tesla coil or the 80s metal hair band. Tesla was the first real mad scientist of the twentieth century: Not only did he invent that coil and alternating-current electricity (which you're probably using right now to read this), but he also researched… » 1/28/08 11:00am 1/28/08 11:00am