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No Photoshop Necessary: World's tallest and shortest men meet

David K. Israel

Some may find these photos, er, entertaining, but, of course, we here at the _floss see the trivia value in them. They're shots of the world's tallest man, Bao Xishun, taking a mini-me-et

Friday Fun: Totally Sidetalkin'

Chris Higgins

With the advent of the iPhone, I'm reminded of an older phone/gadget that introduced us to a new way of making phone calls: the Nokia N-Gage.

It's not just a ski mask


I love you, Wikipedia. The reasons are just...manifold. In a book I was recently reading, I came to a passage in which a character suddenly dons a balaclava helmet. I was at a loss. Baklava?

Friday (the 13th) Happy Hour

Jason English

Since it's Friday the 13th, today's secret ingredient is fear. If you're afraid of this particular date, you're suffering from Paraskavedekatriaphobia.

Did Children's Programming Ruin my Life?

Jason Plautz

I didn't watch much TV as a child, but what I did was educational. I rarely watched Looney Tunes or Power Rangers, instead keeping the tube fixed to PBS. And my life's been richer for it.

Mmmmm ... novelty food items

Ransom Riggs

If you've been living under a rock for the last month or so, you might not have heard: the Simpsons movie is coming out later this month.

How To Get Your Resume Noticed

Jason English

Back in February, a post about illegal interview questions sparked a great discussion about terrible interviews. We piled on the folks doing the hiring.

Weekend Word Wrap: What's in a Name?

David K. Israel

I'll tell you what's in a name: money, that's what—at least according to the Wall Street Journal, which recently ran a story on baby-name consultants who are popping up across

Harvard's Observatory Going Digital

Chris Higgins

The New York Times has a lovely article on an effort to digitize the Harvard Observatory's collection.

Boat Names


Ok so, all this talk of baby name consultants makes me wonder about the boat-naming industry.

Video games with a dash of irony

Ransom Riggs

I confess: I used to play video games. Lots of video games. But I was young, and there was some peer pressure, and let's face it, I didn't have that much to do when I was 14.

5 Cars That Became Metaphors (deserved or not)

Miss Cellania

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The Monty Hall Problem

David K. Israel

Some months ago, I had the honor of interviewing Monty Hall for a story I was writing.

Harry Potter Spoiler Contest!

Mangesh Hattikudur

Believe it or not, we're begging you to spoil the book for us. Heck, we'll even give you a prize for it!

The glorious world of keytars


"Keytar" is just about my favorite portmanteau (shout-out to "cybernetics" and "ginormous"--which i must also welcome to the dictionary).