Pop annotations: "U Can't Shine Like Me" by Lil' Romeo (feat. the Old Prospector)

Ransom Riggs

This week, Floss' senior annotator warms the bench while the Old Prospector tries his hand at a little pop cultural deconstruction.

The Week in Review that dare not speak its name


Inspired by Pro-Life (nee Marvin) Richardson, we've decided to re-christen some of the other folks who have populated the blog this week.

Fighting Fish

David K. Israel

What do fish and the fight against terrorism have in common, besides starting with the letter F?

You Can Balance An Egg Tomorrow!*

Jason English

David's Celluloid-stumper touched off a spirited discussion about tomorrow's Autumnal Equinox.

Elephants on parade!


Today is Elephant Appreciation Day!

What's in a name?

Mangesh Hattikudur

Just in case you didn't witness his meagerly attended soapbox speeches, or his harassment of folks at county fairs, AdFreak is reporting that Marvin Richardson, an Idaho would-be politician/straw

The Recline of Western Civilization

Mangesh Hattikudur

Finally, it's the innovation couch potatoes have been waiting for: Sleeves on a blanket!

She's fallen and she definitely can't get up

Mangesh Hattikudur

Check out this smart ad I saw at TheCellar.

Spy Versus Spy: American Revolution Edition


Say a little prayer for Nathan Hale, America's first spy, who gave his famous "I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country" speech 230 years ago today before being han

Weekend Word Wrap: Euphemisms

David K. Israel

In the beginning there was the word"¦ you just couldn't say it.

Obscure Policy Wonk

Jason English

I took this picture during Game 3 of the 2002 NBA Finals. The New Jersey Nets were hanging with the superior Lakers, and I was cruising for snacks. The no-cap policy struck me strange.

Afterward, the winner feasted on foie gras


From the Sydney Morning Herald comes news of yet another bizarre festival soon to be protested by PETA: "As part of the Basque San Antolin festival, a contestant in the 'Antzar Eguna' (

The Jetsons were originally a flop

Will Pearson

This Saturday marks the 44th anniversary of "The Jetsons" debut on television.

Yes, Virginia, we're writing about this in September


The most frequently reprinted editorial column in American history -- the famous "Yes, Virginia" paean to childhood wonder and belief in Santa Claus -- was published 109 years ago today in t

You asked: Why do I need a haircut?


A reader named Brooks wanted to know: "Why does the hair on your head constantly grow while the hair on your body has a limit?" Technically, the hair on your head has a limit too -- like