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More absurd place names: Towns named for animals

Mary

I never thought I'd say this, but I saw something amusing in an airline magazine recently and wanted to share -- a list of American cities named after various animals, ranging from the obvious (B

Idiot of the Day: Wait, then where is Prime Meridia?

Mary

Reader Deborah provides today's tale of stupidity: Once when I was on a flight to Nairobi, Kenya from Paris, France, I got up to stretch my legs and ended up in conversation with someone I knew

Where Ships Go To Die

Mangesh Hattikudur

I saw this link to a Foreign Policy photo essay, and thought that the photos were both too startling and amazing to ignore.

DIY Nuke Detector

Ransom Riggs

if your only source of news is the Daily Show or the occasional CNN bottom-of-screen headline crawl, you're probably aware that terrorists want to kill you, your grandpa and quite possibly

The return of the slideshow!

Mangesh Hattikudur

The Raw Feed is reporting today that German researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems in Dresden have figured out a way to turn your phone into a projector, meaning you'll

Public Service Announcement

Mary

The toupees are coming! The toupees are coming!

Affection signals?

David K. Israel

There was an interesting article in The New York Times last week about a new book called Two in a Bed: The Social System of Couple Bed Sharing, written by University of Minnesota sociology professor,

Armchair Field Trip: Down by the Shores of Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg

Mary

There are actually two Gs on the end of the 45-letter name for this lake in beautiful Webster, Massachusetts, but don't blame us for it not fitting in the subject line -- we never expected to ha

Tuesday Turnip

David K. Israel

It's time for another whimsical Tuesday Turnip Google search wherein I type a random phrase and we see what kind of interesting factoids "turn-up." Today I typed in "more women

Superdome Lives

Jason English

The Louisiana Superdome reopens tonight, a year after the stadium, the city and its people were ravaged by Hurricane Katrina.

The Internet has been around since 1850?

David K. Israel

Some of you might recall this post I did some time ago on English language mishaps found in operating manuals, instructions, and the like.

Contest: They Shoot Idiots, Don't They?

Mary

Last week, we announced our new campaign to reduce idiocy across America -- and to kick it off, we asked for examples of stupidity in everyday life.

Banned in the U.S.A: A Bookish Quiz

Mary

In honor of Banned Books Week, our well-read research editor Sandy put together the following 12-question cultural-literacy test. The correct answers are after the jump -- how bookish are you? 1.

Spam poetry

Ransom Riggs

Sometimes, random is beautiful.

The Moonwalk Mating Dance

Mangesh Hattikudur

I've seen guys attract women by doing Michael Jackson moonwalks in clubs, but I had no idea the dance-move worked on chicks across the Animal Kingdom.

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