There have been some weird words that have become popular as our century has worn on—I'm looking at you, twerk—but one of those that has always confounded me is blog. Who on Earth came up with that? In another life, a "blog" is probably a life form on an alien world that they encounter in Star Trek (Probably blobs of things, or perhaps an aquatic species that is ok with being named after something people do on the Internet.) But here, in this dimension, a blog is a website containing written entries about things. Here's the technical definition:
Everyone loves a scary story. We watch horror movies, read countless Stephen King novels, and subscribe to Reddit threads such as No Sleep just for that tiny, primal thrill. But everyone has a limit, a line that's drawn by the sliver of light underneath the bedroom door. The dark ignites all of our deepest fears, and listening to a scary story while swathed in it is liable to get you a ticket on the Nightmare Train. But if you're one of those people who relishes forced insomnia, here are eight podcasts that you should never listen to in the dark.
NaNoWriMo, short for National Novel Writing Month, is one of the most widely undertaken annual writing exercises in the world. Every November, thousands of writers — amateurs and professionals alike — attempt to write 50 thousand words in their chosen niche. The rules are simple: you can't include any words that were written before November 1 in your word count, and you must reach the 50 thousand word goal by 11:59 PM on November 30. The rest is up to you. If you make it, the NaNoWriMo organization rewards you with a lovely certificate and a coupon to get the critically acclaimed writing program Scrivener at half price.
Caylee Anthony. Madeline McCann. The Beaumont Children. The Lindbergh Baby. It's a tragic truth; thousands of children go missing in the United States alone each year. Sometimes they're just lost and they're found safe. Sometimes, one of their parents or another relative whisks them off for some reason. And sometimes, someone chooses an innocent child as their prey. These are the worst cases, the ones that are burned into the minds of everyone who comes across them.
Everyone has fond memories of cartoons as children. Whether they were classics — à la Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny — or more modern, cartoons are an integral part of childhood entertainment. However, cartoons can have a scary side.
Podcasts are the latest audio craze and no genre has benefited from the medium's explosion more than true crime. For some reason, true crime and podcasting seem to be the perfect couple, and hundreds of true crime podcasts have popped up on the airwaves. However, as with everything, there are some that are better than others. Here are the top ten true crime podcasts to listen to. Please note that this list is not ranked.