Strange gravestones

Ransom Riggs

Live strange, die strange, and leave a strange gravestone. We have explanations for some of these weird stones, but for others we do not.

Visualizing Consumerism

Chris Higgins

Seattle-based photographer Chris Jordan is showing a new series of images called Running the Numbers starting Saturday in LA.

Baby Talk: The Moro Reflex

David K. Israel

So my wife and I took baby Jack on his first outing over Labor Day weekend: a barbeque pool party.

A Surprisingly Long List of People Who've Attempted Suicide

I was surprised and saddened last week to read of the reported suicide attempt by actor Owen Wilson.

Illuminated travel


I don't bike, but I might if I didn't live in LA. I've just known too many people injured while pedaling across town, or even in their own neighborhoods.

The Bizarre World of Ferrofluid

Chris Higgins

Ready for some freaky science? My most recent obsession is ferrofluid, a liquid containing ferromagnetic nanoparticles that respond strongly to magnets, while remaining in liquid suspension.

Calling All Interns

Jason English

Need a job this semester? We're looking for a few good interns. Smart people with whom we can brainstorm, research and write wildly entertaining stories. Here are the rules: 1.

How To: Miss Your Chance At Fame

Maggie Koerth-Baker

According to 3 Would-Be Holy Books That Got Left Out of the Bible Book: The Infancy Gospel of James Didn't Make the Cut: Because prequels are never as popular as the original story (we'r

Should you sleep with your pets?

Ransom Riggs

I know what you're thinking, you dirty birds -- no, not that way. I mean, should you share the Tempurpedic with Rover and/or Fluffy -- and if you choose to, what consequences could it have?

The First Time News Was Fit To Print, VI

Jason English

Let's try this again.

The Proliferation of Kingdoms

Miss Cellania

It used to be as easy as animal, vegetable, and mineral. My fifth-grade daughter was assigned some homework for the weekend. She had to illustrate the Five Kingdoms. The Five Kingdoms?

Tuesday Turnip: Safe-T-Man!

David K. Israel

Today's Turnip breaks with my tradition of typing in random phrases. Today, I went looking for specific information on what I'd thought was called Safety-Man.

The incredible liver and its appeal


This summer I stumbled upon a detox, and I've been so fascinated with it that I'm keeping it up. It's like finally handing your body the microphone!

The Kriegsmann Files - Found Publicity Photos

Chris Higgins

Following up on Monday's Square America post, _floss staffer Kara Kovalchik pointed me to The Kriegsmann Files, an archive of old publicity photos on Flickr. The story goes that the photos wer

Running Amok vs. Going Berserk: a practical guide

Ransom Riggs

Yes, there are big differences between the two.