Small Talk


Trendies Embrace Their Inner Toddlers

What do you call it when adults dress in kitschy prints, slouchy overalls, and other fashions normally left to preschoolers? A trend called "toddlercore."


Sanitation Workers Win the Right to Nap

Los Angeles thought they were avoiding a costly PR blunder when they banned napping by sanitation workers. That turned out to be a very expensive mistake.

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Mood Blankets for First Class

British Airways is testing a high-tech "happiness blanket" that changes colors to indicate a passenger's in-flight mood.

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Mensa Match-Making

A new collaboration between "genius society" Mensa and dating site helps the super-smart seeking a meeting of the minds.

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Restoring a Van Gogh… Ear

We are all ears (sorry) for a story about an artist/scientist who has re-grown Vincent Van Gogh's famously severed ear.

Evans Carlson as a brigadier general. Marine Corps photo. Source:

Feeling Gung-Ho About China

The expression "Gung-Ho" entered the American vocabulary through the Marine Corps - but it was picked up by the Marines from an unexpected source.

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A Surprising Surge in ‘Sadvertising’

For years, the mega-trend in advertising was to make the consumer laugh. These days, though, it seems that advertising creatives are swinging to the sentimental.