What It Takes to Be a Nation

Haley Sweetland Edwards

© Eddie Gerald / Demotix/Demotix/Corbis Not to get all existential on you, but what does it mean to be a “real nation”?

Brain Game: Filling Station #4

For today's Brain Game, it's Wednesday Wordplay and a brand new Filling Station puzzle.

Morning Cup of Links: Space Town

Miss Cellania

Now that the space shuttle program is closing up and 585 people are laid off, what will happen to Titusville, Florida?

Art From Used Chewing Gum

Jill Harness

Most of us only think about chewing gum on the sidewalk when it sticks to our shoes, but if you live in North London, that gum stain on the sidewalk might just be a tiny masterpiece. Artist Ben Wil

Maybe They Meant The Sign Was Staying

Jason English

A former Chrysler dealership near me. I hope one day it's resurrected and winds up on this

The Chilling Tale of James Bedford, Cryonics Pioneer

Stacy Conradt

Hundreds of people have been cryonically frozen since the idea became feasible in the 1960s.

What Is the Iowa Straw Poll?

Ethan Trex

In a little over a month, Republican presidential hopefuls will meet in Ames to square off in the Iowa Straw Poll. What the heck is a straw poll, and what do the results mean?

The Nazi Sex Doll Initiative

Erik Sass

It appears the Third Reich pioneered one of the weirder sides of human sexuality—catering to the need of lonely men to have intercourse with inflatable

The Late Movies: Flash Mobs Around the World

Allison Lex

Flash mobs, defined by Webster's as "a group of people who organize on the Internet and then quickly assemble in a public place, do something bizarre, and disperse," have become part of

Plus: Plus-Size Models

David K. Israel

Yesterday I wrote about Google+. Continuing with this week's plus theme, we have plus-size models.

4 Things You Can Do With Dry Ice (Besides Make Fake Fog)

Allison Lex

Dry ice—or solid carbon dioxide, as it’s more specifically called—is a staple item in middle and high school science classes.

If You Want to Succeed in Yacht Rock, You'll Need a Ridiculous Name

Scott Allen

Sparked by a popular online video series by the same name, Yacht Rock, the genre of music produced by artists such as Christopher Cross and Kenny Loggins during the late 1970s and early 1980s, has enj

The Hitchcock Recipe

Colin Patrick

Hitch from Pascal Monaco on Vimeo. I went through a bit of a Hitchcock craze earlier in life, so I really enjoy this short film, Hitch, created by a group of German grad students.

The Ultimate NatGeo Office Email

Jill Harness

Over at the National Geographic office, the following memo recently made its way around the company: Bear Urine—not a joke A package arrived at Geo...(talk about weird) 2 small bottles of Pee.

Vintage NASA Footage: An Underwater Space Odyssey

Chris Higgins

As astronauts train for space voyages, they use the Neutral Buoyancy Space Simulator, which is effectively a very large, very fancy swimming pool with a bunch of equipment in it.