Tuesday Turnip


Tuesday Turnip


If the U.S. Stopped Importing Oil, How Quickly Would We Run Out?

Ethan Trex

Obviously, America would be in trouble. We'd have to subsist off of what we have stockpiled and what we can drill for domestically. But the government has planned ahead.

Errol Morris on Robert McNamara

Chris Higgins

On Monday I pointed to The Fog of War, an Errol Morris documentary about Robert McNamara, former US Secretary of Defense during the Vietnam era.

Where does your Secret Door go?

Ransom Riggs

Ever had a day so crazy you just wanted to stop the world and get off for awhile? When I have those days, I start imagining a door.

The Quick 10: The 10 Most Expensive Photographs Ever

Stacy Conradt

You know the photo of Einstein with his tongue sticking out - we use it all of the time here at the _floss.

Amazing Facts, 140 Characters at a Time

Jason English

At some point early this morning, our number of Twitter followers hit quintuple digits. Right now, we're sitting comfortably at 10,039.

Creatively Speaking: Mike Sacks

David K. Israel

I first discovered Mike Sacks on McSweeney's. He's a hilarious writer, who's also penned pieces for mags like The New Yorker and

Brain Game: Prime Time

I try very hard to produce original content for the Brain Game, so it's nice to have the occasional holiday.

Morning Cup of Links: Food Mysteries

Miss Cellania

What do you do when an airline breaks your guitar and hasn't resolved the matter a year later? Write a song about it, of course! * Solving Food Mysteries.

10 Sports Terms Named for People

Ethan Trex

Convinced that you might not have what it takes to make a sport's Hall of Fame? That doesn't mean your name can't live on forever in the game's lore.

Power to the People: John August Swanson

Andréa Fernandes

Today's "Feel Art Again" features the American artist John August Swanson at the request of reader lisa, who describes Swanson's work as "Color for a taupe world!" Some

Richard Feynman Explains Trains

Chris Higgins

What keeps trains on their tracks? Physicist Richard Feynman explains how trains' wheels are put together, and the ingenious engineering behind them.

The Quick 7: The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread

Stacy Conradt

Sliced bread is the best thing since... umm... wow, I really don't know how to finish that sentence.

The First Time News Was Fit to Print: Michael Jackson

Jason English

Every now and again, we head into the archives of The New York Times to find the first time the paper covered a particular topic.

Invasion of the Living Statues

Linda Rodriguez McRobbie

Living statues "“ those people who dress in bizarre costumes, frequently involving head to toe metallic paint, and plant themselves in well-traveled thoroughfares "“ are already a staple of

The Endless Summer Reading List: 14 Long-Running Novel Series

Rob Lammle

If you're anything like me, you finish your summer reading list by mid-July.