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01.28.15 Rhett Jones

It’s easy to assume that the process of getting drugs for scientific research is some shadowy pursuit that the government would make nearly impossible. But in fact it’s actually more like ordering from J. Crew if you’re a properly credentialed research scientist. All candidates have to do is go to this page and click this catalog to […]

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03.31.14 Andy Cush

The story of Suvir Mirchandani, the 14-year-old who discovered the federal government could save hundreds of millions of dollars a year with a simple switch of fonts on printed documents, seems too good to be true, and as it turns out, it is. As part of a middle school science fair project, Mirchandi found that […]

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10.02.13 Kyle Petreycik

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History recently received over twenty of Jim Henson’s puppets and props on the anniversary of what would have been the Muppets creator’s seventy-seventh birthday. Acquisitions include characters from The Muppet Show, Sesame Street and Fraggle Rock. According to the museum’s blog, the collection will not be on display until many of them undergo several small repairs […]

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12.10.10 Lauri Apple

The Federal Aviation Administration has no fucking idea who owns one-third of the airplanes in the U.S. right now. And they’re a little worried! Something about terrorists, criminals, and etc. Maybe you own one of these planes? […]

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11.10.10 Lauri Apple

The federal government is thinking about decorating cigarette packages with graphic pictures of dead people, dirty lungs, and sufferers of “chimney throat,” because they don’t want you to emit smoke from your neck (it’s bad form), or catch cancer. But cigarette makers are against this new public art campaign, because all the gross pictures will […]

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