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Britain: only recently an island

Ransom Riggs

A great part of Britain's identity is wrapped up in the fact that it's a part of Europe, but it stands apart, quite literally, as an island.

Daft Dave: conversions

David K. Israel

Time for another Daft Dave post, folks! If you don't remember how this works, Daft Dave has trouble getting his facts right. Today I'm feeling especially confused about some conversions.

Offbeat Animal Competitions

Miss Cellania

If you find something fun to do with your pet, chances are there are others out there who enjoy it, too.

Oh, phrenology


It's been awhile since a psychic has tried to flag me down, and it's been awhile since any of my friends have subjected me to new ways of discerning my character flaws/intellectual capacity

The First Time News Was Fit To Print, II

Jason English

Using my all-access pass to The New York Times archives, I've once again pulled up the first mentions of newsworthy topics.

Survivorman Returns

Chris Higgins

One of my favorite TV shows is coming back for a second season in August, after a long hiatus.

Running Errands in Pseudo-Springfield

Jason English

Last week, Ransom wrote about novelty food items and the 7-Eleven Simpsons promotion. I finally made my pilgrimage to the Kwik-E-Mart on 42nd Street between 8th & 9th.

Really, really alternative energy

Ransom Riggs

Solar too mainstream for you? Bored with windpower? Don't worry -- there are plenty of other ways to harness a watt.

Relief for Couch Potatoes, Canine Contraceptives and One Charmingly Alarming Solution

Jason Plautz

Better than a Clapper Losing the remote is so last year with the new device that detects hand movements to control a television.

Some of our early _floss posts

David K. Israel

So I'm going to be on the radio tomorrow afternoon (5 pm Pacific time)—on a great show produced from the OC called Writers on Writing.

Skinner's babies


Burrhus Frederic Skinner never quite escaped the lingering plaque from misinformation unleashed with the invention of his "Baby Tender" (aka "Heir Conditioner" or "Aircrib&quo

The First Time News Was Fit To Print

Jason English

A perk of being a weekend subscriber to The New York Times is the access to their online archives.

Your state of mind might not be in the city

You know, I always hated telling people I was from Georgia. Don't get me wrong, I love the Peach State, and am proud that I was born and raised there.

How To: Get Rescued from a Desert Island

Maggie Koerth-Baker

YOU WILL NEED 1 unstoppable will to live Patience An appreciation for tragic irony If there's one thing you can say about most desert island strandings, it's that, at the very least, t

iPhone Versus Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs

Chris Higgins

After buying an iPhone, I have begun to wonder where consumer purchases fit into Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs.