Wiki Wormhole: Investigating the folly of buildings that serve absolutely no purpose

With over 4 million articles, Wikipedia is an invaluable resource, whether you're throwing a term paper together at the last minute, or deciding which 19th-century President had the most bitchin' facial hair (it's Chester A. Arthur). But follow enough links, and you get sucked into some seriously strange places. We…

This American Life pulls a Louis C.K. with its live show, sells it online for $5

Back in May, This American Life did a live show, appropriately titled “The Invisible Made Visible,” on the heels of the scandal surrounding Mike Daisey’s FoxConn segment. The show, which featured David Rakoff, David Sedaris in clown makeup, Tig Notaro, and OK Go (complete with an app allowing the audience to play…

Read This: From the Dept. of Don't Try This At Home: A writer lives the trends of the New York Times Style section

There’s a trend piece to be written about the impulse contemporary writers have to live their lives to one extreme or another for the purpose of a high-concept hook: Following all the rules laid out in the Bible for a year (A.J. Jacobs’ The Year Of Living Biblically) or contrasting a day watching everything on cable…

Amanda Palmer announces Kickstarter campaign to fund a whole bunch of stuff she wants to do this year

Amanda Palmer is planning to release a new album in September. She's also planning an art book, public art exhibit, and a tour. The problem is, all of that stuff costs money, and Palmer, who is no longer on a major label, doesn’t have any. So she’s launched a Kickstarter: The fundraising drive reached Palmer’s goal of…