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Morning Cup of Links: Lettuce-eating Crickets

Miss Cellania

Everyone knows that weather affects your mood.

Defying Classification: Joseph Stella

Andréa Fernandes

In memory of Joseph Stella (1877-1946), who died 62 years ago yesterday, today's post features the Italian-born painter at the request of reader Lauren M.

Koji Kondo: Our Beethoven?

Streeter Seidell

Da, Da, Da. Da Dada Da. Dada dada dada da dadada. While that may sound like nonsense, if I told you it's my best attempt to spell out the Super Mario Bros.

The Quick 10: Happy Belated Guy Fawkes Day!

Stacy Conradt

I guess with all of the election stuff going on here in the States, we here at the _floss completely overlooked that yesterday was Guy Fawkes Day.

Parsing the Red and Blue Map

Chris Higgins

Physics professor Mark Newman has a thing for maps. He co-authored The Atlas of the Real World, a volume that features cartograms, maps in which a mathematical variable is substituted for land area.

The Bright Side of an Awful Commute

Jason English

The other day I spent five-and-a-half hours commuting and never made it to work. My journey was plagued by major subway shutdowns, massive bus delays and general bad luck.

EMF: Is Electricity Harmful to Your Health?

Ransom Riggs

I've been shocked by plenty of faulty lamps and even backed into an electric fence one time, so I know how un-fun having unwanted electricity coursing through your body can be.

Lunchtime Quiz: Christopher Walken's Canon of Crap

Jason Plautz

In an interview with the New York Times Magazine, Christopher Walken said, ''I'm a terrible analyzer of what will be good.

The Bizarre History of White House Pets

Ethan Trex

In his victory speech on Tuesday night, Barack Obama promised his daughters Sasha and Malia that they'd get to bring a new puppy with them to the White House in January.

9 Dangerous Animals of Australia

Miss Cellania

Australians are proud of their wildlife, which is not only the oddest in the world, but also the most dangerous.

Weekend Word Wrap: Menu Typos

David K. Israel

With all the dozens and dozens of Word Wrap posts, I'm flabbergasted that we've never covered menu typos—something that seems like such an obvious topic for a site like this.

Brain Game: Bradymania #4

There are two questions in today's Brady Brain Game, and they both have to do with the show's opening theme song.

Morning Cup of Links: Man of the Year

Miss Cellania

The Road to the Inauguration.


Jason English

Quick reminder: we're accepting pre-orders for our "D'ow!" financial meltdown t-shirt.

5 Third-Party Candidates (And What They Did After They Lost)

David Holzel

Ralph Nader and Bob Barr couldn't gain any electoral traction on Tuesday. But in honor of their campaigns, let's look back at some notable third-party candidates. 1. John B.