Idiot vs. Moron: What's the Difference?

Maggie Koerth-Baker

The Dilemma: You want to assail someone's intelligence, but you don't know quite what word to use, which calls into question your own intellect. Materials Needed: An IQ test would be help

Are we addicted to technology?

Ransom Riggs

If you're reading this blog, chances are the answer is yes. Heck, two years ago, this blog-writer had never visited a blog himself; how the tides have turned!

On Music: The World's Longest Melody?

David K. Israel

Everyone loves a hum-able tune, a memorable melody. For a melody to worm its way into our memories, it usually needs to be short.

What Else Can Cavemen Do? Sitcoms, Apparently

Jason English

I work at an advertising agency. Last month, I was tasked with interviewing potential summer interns.

Not with a bang, but with a Winter

Ransom Riggs

A nuclear Winter, that is.

3 Billion Hours Late


In other exciting Peruvian news, Peruvian president Alan Garcia has declared March the month when punctuality will sweep the nation: "(We must) stop this horrible, pitiful, disastrous custom of

Hooray, global warming?

Mangesh Hattikudur

While it's not quite an excuse to be happy for it, one interesting thing that has come out of global warming is the revelation of new species.

My New Ice Cream Theory

Jason English

Whenever I go for ice cream, I always see lots of little kids. My previous theory, devised after years of ethnographic research, was that kids really liked ice cream.

Did You Feel it Too?

Chris Higgins

Living in the Pacific Northwest, I occasionally experience the wimpiest of earthquakes, and they are endlessly entertaining to gossip about with other terrified locals.

Quick Star Search Search

Jason English

In the comments under yesterday's post on Real Reality Stars, reader Dawn wisely mentioned Star Search.

Weekend Word Wrap: Grammar Snobs Are Great Big Meanies

David K. Israel

This post will feel more like my Book Corner feature, but it's not. It's hard to review a book you haven't read.

The ancient astronomers of Peru

Ransom Riggs

We here at the _floss go positively mental when archaeologists find cool new things, and these 13 towers in Peru, built 2,300 years ago and believed to have been used to measure the motion of the sun

Real Reality Stars

Jason English

We now live in a world where the seventh-best American Idol contestant is an Oscar-winning actress. This got me thinking.

So THAT'S what 8,900 snow angels would look like

Ransom Riggs

People will do the strangest things to get into the Guinness Book.

Clown College


It's getting to be about that time of year admissions!