Stormy weather


A reader named Susan, perhaps anticipating the anniversary of Katrina, wrote us wanting to know: Why are they called hurricanes over here and typhoons in China? Can a typhoon happen here?

YouTube Tuesday from Greg Veis: YouTube Hunter


Denizens of the Floss, Welcome to the first ever YouTube Tuesday. Let me just out and say it: this is a milestone.

IQ-tips: Beat the heat with... cabbage?

David K. Israel

As the year's worst heat wave continues to cook our readers in Arkansas, Tennessee and Mississippi, I thought I'd bring the following sizzling facts to the floor, courtesy of &

Was it a car or a cat I saw?


Ishmael of the amusing word blog Everyone Is Jumping Off the Brooklyn Bridge noticed our post on the Anagram Hall of Fame from last week and dredged up a few more, including this gem: To be or not

Learning from termites

Will Pearson

When architects in Harare, Zimbabwe were planning to build the Eastgate shopping centre, they looked to termites for guidance on building their cooling systems.

The 11th plague was "Piranha 2: The Spawning"


James Cameron's post-Titanic life is just getting weirder and weirder: In The Exodus Decoded, a 90-minute documentary that will be shown in America this month, Cameron and Simcha Jacobovici, the

Watercooler Ammo: Too-Much-Fun with Photoshop


Reuters has suspended Lebanese photographer Adnan Hajj for turning in the following picture, which features cotton-ball clouds obviously faker than a portrait of Pam

Because I know how much people love giraffe facts

Mangesh Hattikudur

I saw this outdoor campaign at Advertising/Design Goodness, and decided that what would really make everyone's day is some good old fashioned giraffe facts. Who's with me?

Vonnegut and Rheingold at your service


The radio show I used to produce, The Infinite Mind, has gone all virtual with a series of concerts and speeches in Second Life.

One of the Craziest Computer Stories I've Ever Read"¦

Mangesh Hattikudur

Somehow, I'd never heard about this, but I saw links to it from Digg and Newsweek, and thought it was too fascinating not to report on.

The Yearn to Turn

Mangesh Hattikudur

It's amazing to me how public spaces have been transformed over the past few years.

Contest: The Pepsi (and Coke) Recipe Challenge


An Indian court has demanded that Coke and Pepsi hand over their secret recipes or else face a nationwide ban: Coca-Cola's original recipe, according to company policy, is kept in a bank vault i

The "anti-stupidity" pill

Will Pearson

A German scientist claims to have tested an "anti-stupidity" pill on mice and fruit flies and has seen "encouraging results," according to a Reuters article. I have a hard time

As Seen on TV: Real Winners!

David K. Israel

Had our whacky Reality TV show contest been for a series with the punniest title, we'd certainly have to give it up for David, whose "American Idyll" show earned a hearty guffaw.

Mac vs PC: The Showdown

David K. Israel

A story in The Economist last week dropped the following facts in its lead paragraph to set the stage for an interesting article: "Endless Love" by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie was at the