Tuesday, December 31, 2013
This week, a 97 year old man named Jerry Fine passed away. Nearly a decade ago, Jerry invited me into his house. The reason I was there was because when Jerry was a kid, he introduced his cousin Jerry Siegel to a boy named Joe Shuster. Siegel was a writer; Shuster an artist. And yes, together, those 17 year-old kids from Cleveland created the character known as Superman.
History is just the best, isn't it? Jerry Fine did many things with his life. And on one particular day, though nobody knows his name, he changed the planet. Without him, Siegel and Shuster potentially never forge their famous friendship and we never get Superman.
So thank you, Jerry Fine. Thank you for that day in your house where you shared your memories, your family, and your friendship. And thank you for proving that there's no such thing as an ordinary person.
Healthy and happy new year to you all!
Friday, June 21, 2013
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Here it is -- world premiere of the cover of our new DECODED book (that's right, book) that's coming out in October. It counts down the top 10 conspiracies throughout history -- and even comes with removable pieces (letters from John Wilkes Booth, escape maps, etc, so you can see the evidence yourself). So proud of it. And yes, let's hear your top conspiracies for the list. As for the show, stay tuned...
Thursday, May 02, 2013
Sunday, January 27, 2013
Friday, January 11, 2013
X Marks A Spot In Easy Code For You To Read:
P - 1
X + 1
I - 5
F + 8
U + 1
N - 1
M + 6
K + 3
C - 4
M - 1
F + 3
Thanks to pal and veteran puzzlemaker Mark Danna for this puzzle. He co-writes Mensa's annual page-a-day puzzle calendar, so if you like this, go buy those. He's also the author of more than 25 word search books and writer of the syndicated newspaper puzzle Wordy Gurdy. Where'd I meet him? Games magazine. For personalized crosswords, word searches, and other puzzles, contact Mark at wordygurdy10 AT aim.com.
Saturday, January 05, 2013
When: Tuesday, January 15 at 7pm
Where: Barnes & Noble, Union Square - 33 E 17th St, New York
Why: C'mon, we're giving out free secret decoder rings, and we're all gonna use them at the same time. This is my nerd dream come true. Also, with Hodgman acting as our official judge, it'll truly add some brains to my brawn.
Why else: I'll then talk and sign copies of THE FIFTH ASSASSIN!