Chris Kaczmarek

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Oldest Human Fossil Found, Redrawing Family Tree

Discovery pushes back the origin of our genus, Homo, by half a million years.<p>In a rare congruence of new evidence, two fossil jaws cast a fused beam of light on one of the darkest mysteries in human evolution: the origin of our genus <i>Homo</i>. The two lower jaws—one a reconstruction of a pivotal …

Noel Gallagher on His New Album, Madonna, Kanye, and "That Guy from Maroon 5”

<b>Noel Gallagher</b>—who, along with his brother <b>Liam,</b> formed the essence of Oasis until the last in a long string of altercations between the two caused the band to implode in 2009—has a new solo record, his second, out tomorrow. Titled <i>Chasing Yesterday,</i> it’s something of a departure, certainly from the …

Cary Elwes on The Princess Bride: ‘I know what my epitaph will be’

Since its release in 1987, The Princess Bride has built a devoted following – nowhere more so than in the Freeman household. Hadley Freeman takes her family along to meet its dashing star Cary Elwes<p>Back in 1987, my mother took my little sister Nell and me to see a new movie she’d read something …

Robin Hood

6 Things to Know About Groundhog Day

Weather forecasters once again ceded the stage Monday morning to a furrier expert: a groundhog named Phil.<p>That’s because Feb. 2 is the 129th official …

Groundhog Day

Religious Freedom Gives Me the Constitutional Right to Violate Your Constitutional Rights, Right?

Conservatives just <i>love</i> the Constitution -- or at least they say they do. The thing is that they don't seem to have any idea how it works. At least that's a more charitable explanation than saying they don't care how the Constitution works and merely use it as a fig leaf while they undermine the …

LGBTQI

13 Tips for Writing a Novel

Writing is one of the greatest forms of communication. It brings people of different eras, countries, and languages together. It reveals the bonds that unite humanity and expresses the universal plights and pleasures of the human condition.<p>For me, completing a final chapter heralds the last few …

Flash is dead, and YouTube dealt the killing blow

Will anyone miss Flash when it’s gone? Maybe, if these internet hits spark some nostalgia<p>Flash is dead, long live Fl– actually, no, scratch that, Flash really <i>is</i> dead and it deserved to die. Flash is terrible.<p>The killer blows to Adobe’s multimedia browser plugin were delivered this week in a one-two …

Comedy Series

America’s dangerous “partisan” myth: Here’s what (and who) is really dividing us

There has been one insurmountable impediment to compromise in the Obama era, and it goes by the initials G.O.P.<p>NBC News’ Mark Murray wrote a piece this past weekend looking at political polarization in the country, which he says is “more divided today than it has been in decades. And it’s likely to …

31 Adorable Slang Terms for Sex From the Last 600 Years

Lexicographer Jonathon Green’s comprehensive historical dictionary of slang, <i>Green’s Dictionary of Slang</i>, covers hundreds of years of jargon, cant, …