Heading into the weekend, and into "6 billion trillion miles of emptiness"


In case you're feeling overwhelmed by the unnameable lately, you're in good company.

My Favorite Documentaries: Fast, Cheap and Out of Control

Chris Higgins

One of my all-time favorite documentaries is Errol Morris's 1997 film Fast, Cheap and Out of Control.

Friday Happy Hour

Jason English

I'm traveling today, which means this Friday Happy Hour was definitely the most hastily thrown together of the series. But good parties don't necessarily require great planning.

How to Ship Turtles

Miss Cellania

My friend Omegamom and her family recently moved from Arizona to Alaska. Since they were flying to their new home, the plan was to ship their pet turtles separately.

The not-silent killer: noise pollution

Ransom Riggs

It was almost like living near the ocean. Inside the apartment, the sound washed over you in an undulating, neverending wave, punctuated by the occasional honking cry of the Skylark or Mustang.

Weekend Word Wrap: What's in a Name part 3

David K. Israel

If you missed the news, my wife and I named our son Jack Nathaniel. We really did take all your comments into consideration, especially those who talked us out of Maximilian/Maxim/Max/etc.

Reading backwards: the true hallmark of a complete education


Thank you, Shanghaiist for letting us know what's going on in certain Chinese education circles. The principal of the 150-student Henan Child Prodigy School (河南神童学校), Zhang Xuexin (å

Bored with Exfoliating? Try Flesh-eating Fish!

Mangesh Hattikudur

I know, I know. I promise I won't be posting any more pics of animals in water today, but TheCellar had these terrific photos on their site, and I just couldn't resist.

Tea for Two

Mangesh Hattikudur

The Daily Mail has this great photo of two little orphaned ducklings being nursed back to health.

A Few Interesting LOST Theories

Chris Higgins

I'm a big LOST fan, and have started re-watching first few seasons while waiting for season 4 to start in 2008.

Found: world's oldest shoe, oldest gum

Ransom Riggs

(No, they weren't found stuck to one another.) The former belonged to Otzi the iceman, who died after a skirmish in the Alps about 5,000 years ago.

The Legacy of Sadako

Miss Cellania

Sadako Sasaki was two years old when the atom bomb was dropped on her hometown of Hiroshima, Japan in 1945. Sadako's home was about a mile from the epicenter, and her family survived.

Matryoshkas II

David K. Israel

Continuing on my theme of matryoshkas from yesterday, I thought I'd share some funky ones I found doing research for the

Hail to the King Midget


There's really nothing like a humiliating incident that has oxidized into a funny story.

HELP!!! (you could get your name printed in our magazine)

Mangesh Hattikudur

mental_floss is running a feature on election topics that we (as a staff) pretend to know about, but really don't.