Actually it's the other way around with the Sonic Hedgehog gene. The scientists that discovered Shh named it so because the protein vaguely looks like Sonic while he's rolled up and moving (round and spiky). The Sega game came first! » 3/18/14 11:06am 3/18/14 11:06am

I've been rereading all the books over the holidays and every. single. day. I have been lamenting the fact that ABC Family hasn't had a Harry Potter marathon yet. Hopefully I'll be following in your footsteps soon! » 12/29/13 6:34pm 12/29/13 6:34pm

We went for the very first time to our church's Christmas Eve service. We have spent Christmas at my grandparents' every year since I've been born but my grandfather passed away in September and my grandmother moved to my hometown so we're making new traditions. I wasn't super excited about it but it was surprisingly… » 12/25/13 12:41pm 12/25/13 12:41pm

Tonight was SO sad. I would be happy if all of the Top 4 could have just split the prize and spent the next show just doing sing off's together. » 12/19/13 10:11pm 12/19/13 10:11pm

I'm sure this isn't new to you but I wanted to provide a link to anyone interested in learning more about Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. This is her Ted Talk titled "The danger of a single story" from where many of these quotes originated. It's one of my absolute favorites and worth the 18 minutes. » 12/18/13 12:40am 12/18/13 12:40am

There is an odd yet refreshing (but mainly odd) exchange occurring on…

There's this small group of suuuuper intense evangelical people that I know from my hometown. A lot of them are born again after struggling with addiction and a few are lifelong church members who have gotten fed up with the church. They're a bit kooky but overall seem to be pushing love and only love as their message… » 12/17/13 3:30pm 12/17/13 3:30pm

Our work White Elephant is super silly and last year I gave a framed picture of myself plus a gift card to a local coffee shop to prove that I'm not a total jerk. People thought it was hilarious and ended up getting stolen the maximum amount of times (for the gift card of course but my picture is still proudly hanging… » 12/11/13 2:39pm 12/11/13 2:39pm

Grey's Anatomy because I'm the worst. But also because I defended my thesis two weeks ago and have deemed the next month a "brain vacation" where I watch terrible soapy Shonda Rhimes shows and read young adult fiction. » 12/10/13 8:44pm 12/10/13 8:44pm

Is this okay?

It's Christmastime which means lots of canned good and toy drives. Tomorrow at our department Christmas luncheon we've been asked to bring canned goods. This coincides nicely with my cross-country move as I'm currently trying to clear my pantry out. I'm splitting my food between a single mom at work and this canned… » 12/10/13 5:42pm 12/10/13 5:42pm

I AM excited to see the US get to face off against Ghana again. I think it will be a great grudge match. But you're right, it's going to be a tough go of it for the US. » 12/06/13 12:59pm 12/06/13 12:59pm

Just In Case You Thought That Cats Had Ownership over Bitch Face

Behold Sophie! Poor Sophie has had a very hard week as she has gone from being an only (dog) child to a sister to a sweet little mutt lap dog that we have taken in from my grandmother as she moves into assisted living. Sophie loves family outings like going to the Christmas tree farm. Sophie does not love family… » 12/02/13 9:24pm 12/02/13 9:24pm

Ha! I thought about leaving a comment similar to the comments left on Ubertrout's articles that get mainpaged but decided not to because I'm kind of drunk and thought only I'd think it was funny. » 12/02/13 9:17pm 12/02/13 9:17pm

All of them. I love them all. I am the most obnoxious holiday person ever and I patiently wait every year until Thanksgiving and then I watch ALL the Christmas movies and listen to ALL the Christmas music until New Years. Thankfully I acquired these traits from two holiday loving parents so no one murders me. » 12/02/13 8:57pm 12/02/13 8:57pm

I agree. The throwing her in the pool thing is over the top but the other stuff is less worrisome. My brother has over 100 pounds and about a foot on both my mom and me but he "plays rough" with both of us. It's how he shows his affection and I've never felt threatened. Sometimes I like to hide in places and sneak… » 12/02/13 7:51pm 12/02/13 7:51pm

Bourbon. I have bronchitis and also just turned in my thesis officially completing my Masters. Therefore I will lie on my couch, watch Grey's Anatomy on Netflix, and drink bourbon until I stop coughing and can sleep. » 12/02/13 6:15pm 12/02/13 6:15pm

As a UGA grad, I'd just happily gotten over the nail biter that was the UGA-Ga Tech game. Then I turned it over to UA-Auburn and realized I'd had it pretty good comparatively. Also, as the sister of a collegiate kicker I do have to say that Saban was one arrogant SOB to attempt that 56 yard field goal and it feels… » 11/30/13 8:43pm 11/30/13 8:43pm

I'm amazed that they use Great Danes. My Great Dane is seriously the laziest, most pathetic creature I've ever encountered. She's smart as a whip, so full of love, and incredibly patient with kids and most people but good lord, sometimes it takes effort to even get her to her food bowl. Also, feelings. So many goddamn… » 11/19/13 7:38pm 11/19/13 7:38pm