Are we really living out country songs here in Missouri? Hound dogs, pickup trucks, moonshine and the works, to the extent of being the third-most country-fried state in the nation? Armed with tons of data, national real estate site Estately challenges that it's possible. Oh, joy. We've been burned ... More >>
Comedian Tracy Morgan, best known for his work on Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock, was involved in a serious car accident this weekend when a truck driver rear-ended his limo bus, killing his longtime comedy partner James "Jimmy Mack" McNair and injuring Morgan and three other people. Morgan is list ... More >>
In what is being hailed as a historic step forward for marijuana law reform, the U.S. Congress has voted in favor of an amendment that could end Drug Enforcement Agency raids on medical marijuana facilities -- but don't give much credit to Missouri's representatives. Twenty-one states have laws to ... More >>
In case you were wondering, life here in the Show-Me State is rather normal. By "normal," we mean close to the national average across 31 social, economic and demographic characteristics. That's how Business Insider measured each state's normalcy for a national ranking, released Monday.
Square has released some data culled from its digital-payment app -- co-founded by St. Louis' own Jack Dorsey -- on how well and how often customers tip. As you can imagine, Square makes it super easy to tip (no math required!), and yet no state had more than 62 percent of customers add a tip. Just ... More >>
Big data has hit the bedroom. Our tantric trysts have earned Missouri a fifth place spot on a state-by-state ranking of how long it takes to have sex. With an average duration time of four minutes and 22 seconds, Missouri comes in just behind No. 4 South Carolina and before No. 6 Michigan.
There's been a minor media brouhaha over the fact that The New Yorker just launched a redesign for the first time in thirteen years. The news was featured in the New York Times, New York Magazine, the tech blog Gizmodo and various other design-centric blogs. The 88-year-old magazine itself produced ... More >>
Vital information for your Monday morning, St. Louis. According to a recent study put out by the website Condomania, the average penis size in Missouri is "microscopic." It's one step above "subatomic," but still. Microscopic?! Luckily, there is better news here locally: St. Louis is one of the be ... More >>
As of yesterday, interest rates for new student loans will officially double, which, for some college students in Missouri, could prove to be particularly burdensome. Congress will meet again next week after the July 4 holiday and several organizations in St. Louis and across the state are working t ... More >>
The 2013 Riverfront Times Music Showcase is a week and a half away! Think of it as St. Louis music's own official holiday and consider this the season. Throughout May we at RFT Music have been working hard to make our cases for all 130 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year in ... More >>
As cycling advocates in St. Louis push to revive the Penrose Park velodrome, a new report says that Missouri on the whole is not a great place for cyclists -- in large part because the state lacks key bike-friendly policies and funding opportunities. Missouri's score as 30th in the nation is the s ... More >>
Picture, if you will, that you are standing in between two people. Look to your right, then to your left. If you are standing in this little huddle in Missouri 20 years from today, more than likely two of the three of you will be obese. At least, that's the vision of the future a new report out fro ... More >>
[Editor's note: Country Time is a new biweekly column for our sister music blog in Seattle, celebrating that city's favorite musical genre: mainstream country.] By Mike Seely With the nation's major-party political conventions drawing to a close recently with a rousing reelection appeal from the n ... More >>
Representative Russ Carnahan, in the increasingly heated battle against Representative Lacy Clay, has just released a talking mailer to his constituents, calling out Clay for his remarks about PayDay Loans. Right, a talking mailer. Like one of those singing birthday cards. Except this one yells, ... More >>
Tuesday, March 13, 2012 6:25 p.m. I've been coming to SXSW for over a decade now, and pre- and post-apocalypse days off are as much essential rituals as 2 a.m. taco runs and sleep deprivation. This year, there'd be no day-before day off, as SXSW has extended the music portion of the festival/confer ... More >>
In a strange about-face, the president tries to hack medical marijuana off at the knees
image viaBorders has finally decided to put itself out of its misery and allow itself to be liquidated. By the end of September, all the remaining 299 Borders stores (including the six in the St. Louis area) will be gone, leaving 11,700 booksellers, baristas, store managers and corporate empl ... More >>
Bastille Day is upon us, when all the world celebrates Louis XIV crossing the Delaware or something. We're not clear on the details, and on that front we join countless English-speaking pop and rock stars who took similarly haphazard forays into the Language of Love. In honor of the Frog's b ... More >>
Wikimedia Commons Sometimes you feel like a nut. Sometimes you don't, because you're too busy suffering the effects of salmonella or E. coli. Unilever has issued a voluntary recall on Skippy Reduced Fat Creamy Peanut Butter Spread and Skippy Reduced Fat Super Chunk Peanut Butter Spread wit ... More >>
Al Quaeda's next target might be salad bars and buffets. CBS News investigated the Department of Homeland Security's claims that the terror group has planned to slip the poisons ricin and cyanide into buffet fare in simultaneous attacks at multiple restaurants and hotels. The department's not issuin ... More >>
CNN reports that 15 million pounds of Spaghetti-O's with Meatballs have been recalled. Campbell's Soup Co. issued the recall because the product might have been "under-processed". Thanks to Aimee Levitt for picking this story. Slashfood reports/warns that The Ice Cream Store in Rehoboth Beach, De ... More >>
Joe Biden, champion of the working class. Joe Biden, who commuted from Delaware to D.C. with the regular folks on the Amtrak. Working-class Joe, born in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Some say it's a mythical legend, that of the blue-collar Joe Biden and his rags-to-riches journey to the top.The senator-tu ... More >>
Stuff sometimes conspires to make Unreal feel like a pretty dense Mensan. To combat Alzheimer's, we engage in iPhone calisthenics like Word Warp. But when we really want to stump ourself, we turn to the New York Times' Freakonomics blog. A recent installment involves an interactive map of the USA, a ... More >>
Well, beer school didn't happen this week. Surgery on my knee was my first priority. Unfortunately, I won't be able to imbibe as long as I'm on medication. This could be a good personal challenge for me. An IBU-tiful brew? Anyway, even if I am down for the count, that doesn't mean the world of ... More >>
Friday, March 31 at 8 p.m. The Billiken Club at Saint Louis University (Busch Student Center, 20 North Grand Boulevard)
A paean to the big bad bottle
A local band has some big tour plans this summer
The Wrens aren't living a rock & roll fantasy
Handwriting experts, Bosnian profanity and televised breakups: all part of Michael Hetelson's revolutionary vision for indoor soccer in St. Louis
We rank musical deaths, embrace Failure and remember the Old School
Beware of auto-transport companies that promise safe and timely delivery of your car
Remixes of Dean's amped-up Iowa speech were the online flava of the week
Dr. William J. Catalona built an unrivaled repository of blood and tissue samples. Washington University wants to keep it. Now a judge will decide: Who owns the prostates?
The Black Rep and Stages provide a Yankee doubleheader
Five Ford-tough choices follow decision to close Hazelwood plant
Cherokee Street is trying to reclaim its working-class heritage. But the power brokers have made their peace with poverty.
In response to growing demand, the number of daycare facilities in Missouri is increasing each year. So are the problems.
New art inspired by old times
A tiny Indian tribe pitches a plan for a downtown St. Louis casino, but city officials aren't betting on the idea