Solar-powered boat crosses Atlantic

Ransom Riggs

The Swiss catamaran Sun21 reached port in Miami last week after its 117-day, entirely solar-powered voyage across the Atlantic.

Another Holiday I Almost Forgot To Celebrate

Jason English

Last year, Denville's Hot Bagels celebrated National Egg Salad Week. For months. Now this North Jersey staple is commemorating National Omelet Week. A few problems with this sign... 1.

Eye of the Beholder

Maggie Koerth-Baker

If kids used to ride you for looking "beat up from the feat up" or for "taking one too many hits from the ugly stick" or even for having a "face that only a mother could love

Beautiful pictures ... of what?

Ransom Riggs

Thanks to Irene Müller for the kind use of her incredible photos! Two substances meet and react; a laboratory-grade camera captures the results.

April Fools' Day - Tech Prank Roundup

Chris Higgins

Yesterday's April Fools' Day was packed with pranks; here are a few of my

Daft Dave: Bush's cabinet

David K. Israel

Daft Dave here again. If you missed my debut last week, check it out for a little background on my brief existence.

Following The Pet Food Recall

Jason English

Like most Americans who've let pets and cable news into their homes, I'm a little freaked out by this pet food recall. According to the FDA website, they're on the case.

Recommendations: what they're REALLY saying about you

Ransom Riggs

A few years back, California cartoonist Jesse Reklaw published Applicant, one of the best one-off 'zines I've run across.

And While It's Tax Season...


If you're claustrophobic and can't intone through the confessional window, there's the always-accessible portal at Absolution-Online.

The Help Cat

Chris Higgins

Nintendo Wii users surely get the bulk of their entertainment from actual video games on the console, but there's a bizarre and wonderful little feature in the Photo Channel: the Help Cat.

Weekend Word Wrap

David K. Israel

Today's Word Wrap keeps on with our tradition of bringing you the hippest, most happening new words and phrases being coined, as they're coined...

Live from the Bus

Jason English

What should I write about today? This question is part of my morning routine. Between taking out the dog and hopping in the shower, I search my favorite sites for an answer.

What's worse than snakes on a plane?

Ransom Riggs

Quite possibly, screaming toddlers. At least the snakes kill you; the screaming, like Chinese water torture, just slowly drives you mad.

a mental_floss worksheet: Reverse the Curse

Will Pearson

It's Opening Day! Time to buy some peanuts and Cracker Jack (or at least some soy nuts and rice cakes). Baseball is full of legends, and plenty of legend. But can you tell truth from fiction?

Ohio's Serpent Mound: a mystery for the ages

Ransom Riggs

I am reminded of Spinal Tap guitarist Nigel Tufnel's remarks during the break of their heavy-metal anthem "Stonehenge": "No one knows who they were ...