Is This Smiley Face From 1648 The Very First Emoticon?

Depending on who you're talking to, emoticons have been adding drama to our typefaces since 1982, possibly even as early as the late 1960s. But was the emoticon actually invented 300 years earlier by an English poet? » 4/14/14 10:27am Monday 10:27am

Clive Barker gets murdery with his own version of Edward Gorey's

Edward Gorey's alphabetical poem of child death, The Gashycrumb Tinies is a masterpiece of the macabre, and we've seen all sorts of reinterpretations, most recently in Doctor Who and Game of Thrones-themed death rhymes. Horror writer Clive Barker has decided to write his own tribute to Gorey's poem, which at first… » 1/19/13 1:00pm 1/19/13 1:00pm

Listen to Christopher Lee read Tim Burton's original The Nightmare…

In 1982, while Tim Burton was still working at Disney, he wrote the poem The Nightmare Before Christmas, which would eventually become the animated Halloween classic. As it's October and our thoughts are turning to skeleton kings and Oogie Boogie monsters, let's take a moment to listen to that poem, read by none other … » 10/13/12 10:00am 10/13/12 10:00am

Enjoy an illustrated sonnet on the Higgs Boson-like particle

If this week's big particle physics discovery has you wanting to burst into verse, but you don't have a silver tongue, enjoy this sweet sonnet about the particle that might be the Higgs Boson. Vi Hart explains the news with markers and smiley faces. Memorize it for the next time someone asks you what a Higgs Boson is. » 7/07/12 9:00am 7/07/12 9:00am