• Blogs

    July 21, 2014

    Yeehaw! Missouri Ranks As #3 State Where Life Is Like a Country Song

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2014

    Tracy Morgan Hospitalized, St. Louis Show Canceled

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2014

    U.S. Congress Votes to Stop DEA Raids on Medical Marijuana, No Thanks to Missouri Reps

    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 >>

  • News

    May 1, 2014
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    April 15, 2014

    Missouri Is the 8th Most Normal State in the U.S.

    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.

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2014

    Square Study Answers the Question "How Well Does the Average Missourian Tip?"

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2014

    Naughty List: Missouri Ranks 5th in the U.S. for Longest Duration During Sex

    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.

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2013

    Local Designer Ben Kiel Behind The New Yorker Magazine's Recent Typeface Redesign

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2013

    Average Penis Size in Missouri Is "Microscopic," But St. Louis Men Are Well Endowed (REPORT)

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2013

    Student Loan Rates Double, Missouri College Groups Push For Action In D.C. To Stop Hikes

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2013

    Americana: Meet the 2013 RFT Music Award Nominees

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2013

    Cycling: Missouri Ranked Poorly in Bicycle Friendly States Report, Lowest Score Ever

    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 >>

  • News

    October 11, 2012
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    September 19, 2012

    By 2030, Almost Two-Thirds of Missourians Will Be Really Fat People

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2012

    The Ten Black Pop Stars Who Should Go Country

    [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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2012

    Russ Carnahan's Weird New Talking Mailer [VIDEO]

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2012

    Fiona Apple, Tennis and Corporate Sponsorship: SXSW 2012 Days 1 and 2

    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 >>

  • News

    October 27, 2011

    Obama's War on Weed

    In a strange about-face, the president tries to hack medical marijuana off at the knees

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    July 20, 2011

    Borders: The Fallout

    image via​Borders 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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2011

    The Ten Most Facepalm-Inducing Uses of French in Pop Music: In Honor of Bastille Day

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2011

    Bad Nuts! Peanut Butter and Hazelnuts Recalled

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2010

    Salad Bars, Buffets Pose Terror Threat

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2010

    The Morning Brew: 6.18

    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 >>

  • Film

    May 19, 2010
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    August 5, 2009
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    April 14, 2009

    Get Intimate with Joe Biden for $10,000

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2009

    Missouri Ranks Number 35 in Something! (That's Good News, Right? Wrong!)

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2008

    Bitter Beer Battle Over "Extreme" Brews?

    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 >>

  • Music

    March 29, 2006

    Local Motion: MU330

    Friday, March 31 at 8 p.m. The Billiken Club at Saint Louis University (Busch Student Center, 20 North Grand Boulevard)

  • News

    June 8, 2005

    Behold the Forty

    A paean to the big bad bottle

  • Music

    May 4, 2005

    Go West (and North and South and East), Young Men

    A local band has some big tour plans this summer

  • Music

    February 23, 2005

    Reality Rock

    The Wrens aren't living a rock & roll fantasy

  • News

    February 9, 2005


    Handwriting experts, Bosnian profanity and televised breakups: all part of Michael Hetelson's revolutionary vision for indoor soccer in St. Louis

  • Music

    January 5, 2005

    Dead First

    We rank musical deaths, embrace Failure and remember the Old School

  • News

    July 21, 2004

    Highway Robbery

    Beware of auto-transport companies that promise safe and timely delivery of your car

  • News

    January 28, 2004

    Crazy Howard in the Mix

    Remixes of Dean's amped-up Iowa speech were the online flava of the week

  • News

    November 19, 2003

    Gland of Opportunity

    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?

  • Culture

    June 4, 2003

    Let's Play Two

    The Black Rep and Stages provide a Yankee doubleheader

  • News

    January 16, 2002

    St. Louis Needs a Better Idea

    Five Ford-tough choices follow decision to close Hazelwood plant

  • News

    September 19, 2001

    Keepin' It Real

    Cherokee Street is trying to reclaim its working-class heritage. But the power brokers have made their peace with poverty.

  • News

    August 9, 2000

    Daycare Nightmares

    In response to growing demand, the number of daycare facilities in Missouri is increasing each year. So are the problems.

  • Culture

    March 22, 2000

    Forward Past

    New art inspired by old times

  • News

    December 8, 1999


    A tiny Indian tribe pitches a plan for a downtown St. Louis casino, but city officials aren't betting on the idea

  • News

    March 24, 1999