How Buildings Learn

Chris Higgins

Last week I mentioned The Long Now Foundation, the progenitor of a series of interesting experiments in long-term thinking (such as The Clock of the Long Now and The 10,000 Year Photograph).

The Quick 10: Top 10 Olympic Medal-Winning Countries

Stacy Conradt

This includes Gold, Silver and Bronze winners for both Summer and Winter Games. You'll also notice that it includes East Germany and the Soviet Union which no longer exist.

The Clothes Make the Painting: Auguste Toulmouche

Andréa Fernandes

In the late 1800s, costume paintings were quite the rage. One popular painter in the genre was Auguste Toulmouche (1829-1890), a Frenchman from a modest background.

Knitting 'Super Mario Brothers,' Level One

Ransom Riggs

Blogger Cassie is a self-proclaimed nerd and an obsessive knitter, and has made her latest big project the subject of its very own blog: MarioScarf.

5 Little-Known Pirate Stories (and a Quiz)

the mag


Salsa Time!

Miss Cellania

In August, it's hard to find time to sit down and research some fascinating subject for you because I'm knee deep in tomatoes.

Brain Game: The Onset of Mensa

A few _floss readers have requested a Mensa-test-level challenge, so as a card-carrying member, I'm more than happy to oblige.

Thingamajig Thursday: rowels

David K. Israel

Time for another Thingamajig Thursday.

Go Tell It On The Mountain: The Mistake Every Politician Should Remember

the mag

The Election Year: 1902, in Saint-Pierre, on the French-owned Caribbean island of Martinique The Huge Blunder: Governor Louis Mouttet's poor decision to treat Mt. Pelée, Saint-Pierre's

Morning Cup of Links: Crops from the Ocean

Miss Cellania

You've seen the documentary clip of the amazing lyrebird before, but Waverly Films made the footage with Sir David Attenborough even better! * A look at what makes a woman decide to have plasti

True Crime: Doug Street, Human Chameleon

Kara Kovalchik

Doug Street, Jr. never got his GED. Yet, the genius con man snuck into Yale, landed a job with Time, worked as a lawyer and even performed a stunning number of operations as a surgeon.

Wacky (Okay, Classic) Book Ads

Chris Higgins

The New York Times has posted a nineteen-part slideshow featuring book advertisements from the Sixties and early Seventies.

The Quick 10: 10 Bizarre Contests at the Iowa State Fair

Stacy Conradt

It's that time of year again"¦ State Fair time. I know; I'm overdosing you guys on Iowa today, what with the Iowa-80 truck stop and everything.

From Zippo Cars to the Peepmobile: 7 Bizarre Marketing Vehicles

Erica Palan

If your college was anything like mine, a day didn't go by without some company giving out free samples in wacky cars.

Under Old Management: A Giant List of 14 Changes at Starbucks

Diana Wolf

"We're not this young, beloved, entrepreneurial enterprise anymore"¦ We have to do business in a different way." "“ Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz And that's exactly wha