World's tallest man saves dolphins

Ransom Riggs

This guy really wants to be blogged about. Well, I'll bite -- the pictures are hard to resist!

This just in: celebrities are narcissistic

Ransom Riggs

Stop the presses, right? Sure, most people assume that celebrities are more narcissistic than regular people. Until recently, however, we didn't have a study to prove it.

Weekend Word Wrap: The development of American English

David K. Israel

I'd like to start this post by taking a breath so that we might all reflect on the last 6 months; just to note our blog's development and allow ourselves to take it in, to feel ever so sligh

Oh Tanenbaum Poster, Oh Tanenbaum Poster!

Mangesh Hattikudur

If you're cheap, lazy or simply don't have any need for the fragrance of evergreens in your living room, but you're eager to get your place looking festive, then this 2-dimensional Chri

Armchair Field Trip to Grenada: Black-bellied Sheep


I can't seem to find much information about black-bellied sheep on the internet, but from what I do know, these guys originally come from Barbados -- and they're all over that island, as wel

The wit and wisdom of Prince Philip


So I finally got around to seeing "The Queen," and although most of the performances were spot-on, I felt like the guy playing Prince Philip must have caricatured him a bit.

A new breed of movie poster

Ransom Riggs

Just like their standards for film content which result in the familiar ratings system (G, PG, PG-13, R, etc), the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) has rules for what you can and can'

From the Archives: Is there anything chocolate can't do?


Today's archival tidbit comes from Condensed Knowledge: Chocolate chip cookies have 15 times as much energy as the same weight of TNT—which is used as an explosive because it can rel

Thingamajig Thursday: ski pole baskets

David K. Israel

You know, not every thingamajig I name has to be a fodder for party conversation. Sometimes, just the knowledge of the correct name, pedestrian as it might be, should suffice.

MAC VS PC redux

David K. Israel

Many many moons ago, you guys duked it out over which was better, Mac or PC. Today, I'd like to revist the old debate by taking a look at David Pogue's HILARIOUS!

Shy tigers hate cameras

Ransom Riggs

The Sumatran tiger -- one of the rarest big cats in the world -- is also perhaps the world's most camera-shy.

Is a cold most contagious before or after symptoms appear?

Will Pearson

It's that time of year when people are sneezing and snotting everywhere and thousands of times across America each day someone coughs or sneezes in a group and says "Don't worry, I�

Armchair Field Trip to Grenada: Carib's Leap


One of the most stunning sights we've seen in Grenada has been Carib's Leap, a cliff at the northern point that can leave a visitor speechless -- and not just because it's a beautiful v

Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Scientist: Edward Lorenz


I found Edward Lorenz while doing some research on chaos theory for an upcoming m_f article.

From the Archives: World's Worst Run-On Sentence


Today's archival tidbit comes from Condensed Knowledge: One of the strangest novels ever written may be "Gates of Paradise" by Polish writer Jerzy Andrzejewski (1909-1983).