Honeybees: Masters of Utility

Miss Cellania

You hear of insects that are fearsomely big, some that are poisonous, and some that are beautiful. But can any of them be stranger than the one that produces several products we can use?

The First Time News Was Fit To Print, VIII

Jason English

Today we continue our journey through the archives of The New York Times. If you're new to the series, we've been digging up first mentions worth mentioning.

September 17, 2007

Miss Cellania

This is the first of a regular series, in which we alert you to some of the more fascinating things on the internet to start your day.

On Music: The Evolution of Phil Collins

David K. Israel

It's been about 5 years since we've had a new album from Phil Collins.

FREE Magazine Subscription with Purchase of our New Book!

Mangesh & Jason

It's the greatest deal in the history of history books!

Klan Economics in Black and White (But Mostly White)

Jason English

The Ku Klux Klan is in the news in Virginia, raising tensions and lowering property values through an anti-Mexican campaign.

How do you motivate yourself?


It's an earnest question, and I'm not interested solely so I can poach your great techniques.

My Trip To Old Faithful (Not That Old Faithful)

Jason English

Earlier this summer, my wife and I journeyed westward to California "“ San Diego, San Francisco and Napa Valley.

Friday Happy Hour: Urban Legends

Jason English

Any discussion of favorite websites has to include, the Urban Legends Reference Pages maintained by Barbara and David Mikkelson.

Japan's waspiest snack

Ransom Riggs

It's enough to make you toss your cookies: Japan's newest snack craze is the product of a rice cracker producer who decided to spice up their recipe a bit ... by adding wasps.

Weekend Word Wrap: the origin of a phrase

David K. Israel

When I was a kid, my parents had a few different rituals they employed before it was time for me to go to bed. Sometimes the ritual involved reading a book.

Expensively wrapped cats...& a little about incense


ScienceDaily reported this week on the TLC ancient Egyptians applied to the mummification of certain favored animals, including cats and crocodiles: "Mummification of animals has been thought of

HELP!!! (That third exclamation point means we're desperate)

Mangesh Hattikudur

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

Gotta Read 'Em All

Chris Higgins

I've been mildly obsessed with the novels of Nevil Shute for the past three years, and have finally completed my collection of his books -- 25 volumes in all, including an autobiography.

Famous corpses we have known

Ransom Riggs

When yer dead, yer gone and that's it -- or so they say. Ashes to ashes, right?