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 4/14/14 10:27am

The Alphabet of Epidemiology will send you running for the hand…

While we're worrying ourselves over the flu, Jennifer Gardy and animator Tom Scott remind us of the other germs, from anthrax to zoonoses, lurking about in their poetic ode to epidemiology. A warning to those with especially sensitive stomachs: this does contain animated poo. » 1/20/13 11:30am 1/20/13 11:30am

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… » 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

Neil Gaiman writes a poem for a fan's tattoo

Plenty of folks have a quote from a favorite author or a favorite artist's work tattooed on their skin. But what if you could get your favorite artists to design a tattoo especially for you? One fan asked Neil Gaiman to write a comic for his back tattoo, and Gaiman agreed. » 5/27/12 10:00am 5/27/12 10:00am

Neil Gaiman reveals Santa Claus' eternal torment and torture in poetry

Watch this eerie video retelling of Neil Gaiman's holiday poem "Nicholas Was..." You know it's going to be a very Gaiman holiday when the first stanza talks about Santa's desire to die. » 12/22/10 10:16am 12/22/10 10:16am

Never Wear Red, The Cake Is A Lie, And Other Geeky Lessons

Sure, you could teach your preschooler the alphabet using boring animals and fruit. But why bother when the Geek Alphabet will help your toddler understand the wonders of the occipital lobe, gaming, cosplay, and the the Uncertainty Principle? » 5/15/10 1:00pm 5/15/10 1:00pm