Carl Pettit is a writer and editor with interests ranging from international relations and political humor to the arts and modern media.
5 Astonishing Achievements of Human Endurance, Courage and Plain Old Insanity
When bravery, skill, ingenuity and seemingly miraculous physiological tenacity come together in a bundle of talent and nerve, it can make us believe in the power of humanity again. Here are a few examples illustrating just how daring — and crazy — some of the people living among us truly are.
5 Creepy Urban Legends to Spook You This Halloween
Ah, Halloween: the one time of year when it’s completely appropriate to scare the fecal matter out of loved ones and friends. If your goal is to make sure children can’t sleep at night, a disturbing urban legend is just the ammunition you need.
5 Tech & Travel Toys So You Can Get the Most Out of Your Phone, Tablet or Laptop
We’ve got you covered as far as your tech and innovative travel accoutrements are concerned. So plug in, have some fun, and organize the hell out of your tech and travel life.
The Spooky Origins of Halloween — 10 Strange, Fun Facts About Witches, Pumpkins, Bonfires & More
The roots of our spookiest holiday's traditions—from pumpkins to trick-or-treating—run deep, their origins reaching back thousands of years to pre-Christian pagan festivals and superstitions.
5 Innovative, Essential Beach Accessories — Coolers, Umbrellas, Chairs & More
Headed to the beach? Here's what to bring along.
10 Icons (Fictional and Real) to Model Yourself After — From Galileo to Gandhi to Mad Max
Every man could use a role model. For many of us, it's our father. Maybe for you it's Michael Jordan. Or Barack Obama. Or Jesus. Or maybe one of these 10 fine individuals.
Springtime Means It’s Time to Get Your Car Washed at a Real Carwash
A bucket and hose will help you clean your car and get it ready for spring, but if you really want to protect your automobile, go in for a professional carwash
Simple Ways to Lower Your Tax Bill — Part 2
Yesterday we took our first look at some basic, no-nonsense steps you can take to lower your tax bill. Here are a few more tips to help ensure you aren’t overpaying come tax time:
Simple Ways to Lower Your Tax Bill — Part 1
Here’s a look at several simple things you can do to lower your taxes—and avoid getting into hot water with the IRS:
5 Strange and Colorful Local Thanksgiving Traditions
The holidays can bring out people's stranger sides, and Thanksgiving is no exception.
5 Thanksgiving Myths Debunked — Pilgrims Didn’t Wear Buckles? (And More)
Thanksgiving, which we've been celebrating in America for centuries now, is a time of family, food and, especially, tradition. Even so, many of the stories we take as gospel about this wonderful holiday—wonderful if you’re not endlessly bickering with your relatives, that is—aren’t true at all. Myth, legend and wishful thinking play into a lot of the misconceptions surrounding Turkey Day. Read Mor
5 Simple Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas — Pinecones, Pumpkins, Dolls and More
Getting your family in the mood to eat gobs of delicious food on Thanksgiving may not be the toughest task, but you can always make things memorable by sprucing up the house a bit too. It'll enhance everyone's experience, you'll be able to reuse the decorations next year, and best of all, it's fun.