Call of Duty battle royale beta: Surprisingly tame, surprisingly solid

News about the latest annual Call of Duty video game has mostly revolved around what’s missing: a single-player campaign. Activision is rolling the dice this year on November’s CoD: Black Ops 4 by focusing entirely on online multiplayer, and your opinion on that may range from “wtf Activision” to “I only play multiplayer, anyway.” Either way, […]

Doctors Deploy a Surprisingly Low-Tech Tool Kit Against Opioids

Oregon-based physician Alan Schwartzstein knows urine tests aren’t very popular in America at the moment, thanks in part to reports about hospitals using them to rack up medical bills. But he figures it’s a worthwhile cost to protect his patients from opioid addiction. It couldn’t be less sexy as a tool in the fight against […]

This European Melting Pot Is Surprisingly Peaceful

Ask any casual observer about recent history in the Balkans, and they might recall headlines detailing the devastation and armed conflict that plagued the region not long ago. While bloodshed there ended in the late 1990s, countries such as Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo are still often synonymous with the nationalist-fueled violence that erupted […]

I got my handwriting analyzed by an expert, and what she could tell about my personality was surprisingly accurate

Phawat.Topaisan/Shutterstock Handwriting analysts believe that your style of writing can reveal aspects of your personality. I had a professional handwriting analyst look at my handwriting and tell me what she saw. As it turns out, much of her analysis was spot-on, although I’m not completely convinced. Some people claim that your handwriting is a window […]

I Feel Pretty film review – Fitfully amusing, but surprisingly mainstream

This was back in 2010 when his film Bridesmaids had become the surprise hit of the year. Risk-averse Hollywood, he told me, would now be forced to accept that audiences can handle raucous, female-led comedies. Funny women would be let off the leash. No longer would they have to settle for playing the adorable kook […]

Roulette Knight’s Thrilling Life Gamble Is Surprisingly Appealing

Russian Roulette is all about risk, but you may be able to cheat the odds in Roulette Knight! Players will be able to take advantage of items, abilities, and risk level to level up their knight and traverse the map, trying not to shoot themselves in the head the entire way. You’ll start as a […]