The lynch mobs of old Los Angeles

Ransom Riggs

Think LA is violent now? It's nothing compared to the way it used to be: in 1854, fights and shootings claimed a life every day, on average.

Your Wedding: Star Trek or Star Wars?

Miss Cellania

Young ladies planning their wedding sometimes want to recreate a fairytale fantasy for the big event.

Another take on banned books


Artist Martin Konrad's series of bound and otherwise afflicted books reifies the concept of intellectual contraband.

Paying for your Attention

Mangesh Hattikudur

GOOD Magazine (which is a terrific little publication, by the way) has produced some clever videos for the YouTube audience.

The world's most sought-after poo

Ransom Riggs

Macho men of the ancient Middle East ingested a powdered form of it to increase strength and virility; the elderly sipped it in teas to combat brain and heart ailments.

Some juries are just plain Weird

Ransom Riggs

As if the warm, fuzzy feeling one gets from performing one's civic duty weren't enough to keep people from trying to squirm out of jury service, the Los Angeles courthouse has posted picture

Where's My Jetpack?

Chris Higgins

A Saturday Salon article reviews Daniel H. Wilson's "Where's My Jetpack?

A Post About Nothing

Jason English

Let me help you get a head start on Father's Day shopping. For the dad who has everything, may I suggest Nothing?

No Photoshop Necessary: Vegetarian Art

David K. Israel

What is it with moms and email forwards? It's like they learn how to email and then instantly become overforwarders.

Judging a Facebook by its Cover

Mangesh Hattikudur

According to this article from the CBC, the city of Toronto is banning its 23,000 employees from using FaceBook.

How to memorize the whole periodic table

Ransom Riggs

Just as some math geeks strive to memorize pi to 1,000 places (or in the case of British savant and mental_floss bloggee Daniel Tammet, several thousand places), there are science geeks who strive to

An Ill-conceived Design

Mangesh Hattikudur

I have two of the least green thumbs around, so when I saw these hilarious I.V.'s for self-feeding planters, I had to laugh. At least until I saw the price tag (about $316?!).

Great Literary Titles

Jason English

Here was the shortlist: How Green Were the Nazis? Proceedings of the Eighteenth International Seaweed Symposium Better Never To Have Been: The Harm of Coming Into Existence D.

Stress Toys


Oh, the joys of stress relief toys. When I was a kid, my friends and I used to get together at recess and fill balloons with all-purpose flour. Those were good times.

Swords into ploughshares

Ransom Riggs

Or in this case, cannons into children's swings. The cannon in question was left behind by Nazi troops retreating from a Soviet village during WWII. From the ever-fascinating site