Surprise -- there are limits to how well politics and economics can predict World Cup matches.
Chinese web users debate what their new map might resemble. Cough.
There's actually a lesson about Israel buried inside this horribly bad horror flick about Hezbollah zombies.
A conversation with legendary video game developer Sid Meier about the worlds he’s made, the people who have played in them, and how his Civilization resembles reality.
America used to love laughing at the military. When did it become so taboo?
Director Wes Anderson is waging a twee war on imperialism and the dictatorship of the bourgeoisie.
I invaded Ukraine, and it ended in stalemate. Maybe someone should tell Putin.
There's a demographic reason why fictitious nerds from CalTech have charmed millions of Chinese viewers.
With these awesome tweets, how can @TigerWoods and @JustinBieber not be following Xinhua?
Wherein your inteprid correspondent speaks with the made-up avatar of an ex-CIA official, for insight.
Why is the Chinese Internet obsessed with writing gay Sherlock Holmes fanfiction?
From Miley Cyrus to Arcade Fire, how the disco beats of Berlin conquered the world.
Lust, sloth, and wrath are even worse when states do them -- right, Machiavelli?
As they gear up for the 2014 Winter Olympics, young Russians find themselves exercising some little-used facial muscles.
What can we learn from the ultimate sci-fi geek chart of warships?
The absurdity of the Middle Kingdom's Bentley-driving, blinged-out nouveau riche.
Meet the man who inspired Tom Clancy and The Hunt for Red October.
A journey with food writer Mark Bittman into the bellies of America's enemies.