Crazy Forts

Miss Cellania

What really grabbed my eye this week was not so much a geeky gadget but a really cool toy I wish I had when I was a kid.

Brain Game: Dating with E's

Today's date is 7/13/2008 - July Thirteenth, Two Thousand Eight. When spelled out, it contains all the vowels: A, E, I, O, U, and Y.

Creatively Speaking: J. Michael Matkin

David K. Israel

Our Creatively Speaking series of interviews continues this week with J.

Morning Cup of Links: Cooking with Coffee

Miss Cellania

A performance on the Russian Bar, recorded for Chinese television at the Circus Festival of Monte Carlo. The final stunt is unbelievable! * Elaborate Algorithms Predict Ticket Prices.

The Early History of Bungee Jumping

In the Beginning

Talk about a serious leap of faith. The first land divers plunged head first toward hard soil, all in the name of

The Origin of Air Conditioning

In the Beginning

Conceptually speaking, air conditioning has been around since the first primitive humans ducked into cool, damp caves to take refuge from summer heat.

Yours, Mine, & Ours: Collaborative Artwork, part 1

Andréa Fernandes

Usually when we think of art, we think of a painting, photograph, sculpture, etc., created by one person.

New Shirts, Part 2 (and a 10% off sale!)

Mangesh & Jason

It's true! In addition to yesterday's new shirts (make sure to check them out here), we're unveiling 2 more new shirts right now.

The Weekend Links

Allison Keene

"¢ Let's kick things off with 10 Historic Monuments Dedicated to Great Geeks. "¢ From Denise, a cool video about the significance of images seen by the Hubble telescope.

The Best Essay Ever - On Cable Laying??

Chris Higgins

How did Neal Stephenson do it?

New Shirts! Get Your New Shirts Here!

Mangesh & Jason

We're super excited to unveil 2 new t-shirts today! And while we're always excited to show off our new shirts, we're especially giddy today because the ideas come from you.

Caption Contest No. 10

David K. Israel

[there's still time to get your caption in!] We're back with another cartoon by regular _floss reader, the multi-talented Robert Bonotto.

The Quick 10: Former Occupations of 10 Dictators

Stacy Conradt

If you are a fan of the Quick 10, or even just quirky lists in general, you should definitely check out Karl Shaw's 5 People Who Died During Sex.

Friday Happy Hour: Naming Streets & Naming Babies

Jason English

1. Last year, we had a good time sharing our local strangely named streets.

Why Does Swiss Cheese Have Holes?

Matt Soniak

Swiss cheese is made by adding cultures of the bacteria S. thermophilus, Lactobacillus and P. shermani to warm (and, in the case of Swiss Emmentaler, unpasteurized) milk.