Recent content from James Lileks
Blame Bertha. Or thank her. Or both. Bertha Berman patented the fitted bed sheet in 1959, which means this is the 60th anniversary of Not…
How to prepare for the coming storms.
A panoramic photo of the city taken on a large-format camera in 1907 offers an incredible time capsule. "It reveals things that essentially nobody ever saw before. It's so immersive."
News: Scientists predict a bad flu season. Oh. Really? One of these years we’re going to be told to expect a great flu season.…
A highly unscientific surveys says we're Almond Joy lovers. You'll never guess Wisconsin's snack.
The $600,000 crown was installed in the late '60s.
Anyone who's cleaned out the house of a departed parent has come to the conviction that everyone has too much stuff. You resolve to go…
The internet is giving us a whole new language to speak about the good bois in our lives.
Fall color season's familiar pattern, this time with grass.
New Central Auto Body has been fixing dented fenders since the Ford Model T was king of the road.
Thanks, power company, for making me worry.
Last week, for a few seconds, I wished I were named Aloywichius Phofhenzoller Llanfairpwllgwyngyll. You would have felt the same.Let me back up. Do you…
If we can throw away broken TVs, why can't we throw away broken promises?
Perhaps we should talk about disobedient internet-connected ovens and what they have to do with Facebook's latest plan to spy on your life, but first…
There's the speed limit, and there's the real speed limit.
On Labor Day, we honor those whose toil helped create the state.
C'mon, there's at least 36 hours of summer left.
I called the phone company to disconnect my landline ... OK, I’ll wait while you get it out of your system. “Gee, did you have…
In the early 1900s, there was talk of building one. It would have put its mark on the metro.
Not everyone loves the state's Great Get-Together.
Building a new attitude toward construction.
Dodge ball is harsh, but it's not bullying. You might say it builds character.
A new and slightly silly survey says it's the most chill place in the whole country.
State's new slowpoke driver law spurs righteous — and right lane — indignation.
We like to think it will always be there, promising pancakes and a bottomless cup of coffee.
The bugs' calls signal that summer is coming to an end.
Doggone it's humid in August!
The truly brave don't brag, but sometimes you have to make an exception.Otherwise, how will future generations know what you've done, what you faced, what…
Since we're all going hands-free on Thursday, you now must talk to your phone, or your car. But you don't know how they'll answer.
We won't July to you about fall
In our continuing series intended to remind you that life is better than before, despite the calamitous storm of news that clatters down 24/7 like…
Did anyone check to see if getting Stephen Colbert to come to the Super Bowl would have been cheaper?
What a remarkable fellow. They made so many, once. There are so few, now.
Let's go over the rules for taking other people's stuff.If you want something gone, put it on the boulevard. It's universally understood that anything on…
We talked with Dave Barry about barking at trash haulers, the improbability of cat parks, dogs in space and, of course, Lucy.
A late 19th-century newspaper promoted Minneapolis by depicting it with fanciful buildings.
We were warned that this summer would be cooler and wetter. But then the thunderstorms come, and everything's forgiven.
No one in the past 50 years or so has likely wished you that, but that's something you would have heard a lot back in the day. Here's why.
It's not all it's cracked up to be.
For a few years, my dad ran a fireworks stand. This was North Dakota in the '60s, so you can imagine we had the good…
This being a newspaper, there should be a newsy reason I bring the following to your attention. And there is. Trust me!Granted, my definition of…
Here are some foods you that didn't make the fair's annual list of new foods we'll soon sample.
The grand staircase is disappearing from our skyscrapers and large civic buildings.
This might seem like a meaningful discussion of the nature of life, but it's really a metaphor for forgetting your bike lock combination.No, wait. That's…
What's up? The sky! (Child rolls eyes.)
There are no insects outdoors in the wintertime. No leaping snow spiders, no white ants, no mosquitoes capable of drilling through a parka like a…
Probing the mysteries of the garden wire.
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It's the time of year when kids come home from college and stay in the frozen museum you made of their old room. Child: "Gosh,…
Meet the skyway's Lazarus of Leather.
Caffeine boost for the vitally important, or burn hazard for others?
It's a term worth stealing
The terror — or joy — of traversing dirt roads.
On this Memorial Day — as opposed to that other one, I guess — let us take a moment to figure out how people in…
The upside of being incompetent at basic life tasks: You can provide amusement for people who know what they’re doing. Growing grass, for example. How…
You can often tell at a glance whether a building is residential, commercial, civic or religious.
The good news: People from "Lawnguyland" and "New Joisey" are below us.
Made summer travel plans yet? Bad news: Nine people are looking at that flight you want. Right now. They're probably talking about you, too.In the…
The film also features a catchy song by the team that wrote "We're Going to Win, Twins."
The Minneapolis City Council is considering a nickel tax on plastic and paper bags. He's "torn."
Burger King's brilliant new idea: Unhappy Meals. That's not what they call them, but it's clear that's what they mean. It's a shot at McDonald's…
A World War I hero dog and spy-chomper was awarded the rank of sergeant.
How dare the service center staff be so efficient again?
Somewhere deep in the Amazon (the rain forest, not the warehouse), a worker picked a delicious guarana berry, and put it in a basket.He may…
"Twin Cities" is banal and inaccurate. We're more like conjoined nephews. And Minneapple is best left in the '80s.
"One-touch functions" will still be allowed if the phone is accessed without holding it, typing or scrolling. Here are some options.
I like to look on the positive side, so let me reassure you that there's no evidence your bottled water has cyanide.Arsenic? Well ... that's…
It's not just any White Castle. It's No. 8. And it's historic.
Two hours is not enough.
A windstorm, a broken door and wet dog food: James Lileks tries to teach Birch a new routine, and gets schooled.
It's snow buddy's business.
If you put NyQuil, Pepto-Bismol and a tube of pain cream down on the drugstore counter, and it's 9:45 on a Friday night, you know…
The new 5G phone network will change everything.
We hope everyone who came for the Final Four has had a nice time. It’s probably too much to expect thank-you notes, but that would…
There are planes? Landing? At the airport?