Quick Question: Can You See This?

Jason English

One of our Southern California correspondents reports some images on our site aren't showing up for him. But they look fine here in the New Jersey satellite office.

Spies Like Us: Homing Pigeons

David K. Israel

So I'm trying something new this week: a theme! Every day this week I'll be writing about something that has to do with spying, spies, Harriet the Spy, etc.

Photography With Sparklers

Colin Patrick

You may have some leftover sparklers today. If so, don’t be so quick to chuck these underwhelming pyrotechnics mainstays in the garbage.

Yay! 4th of July Fireworks 2011!

Chris Higgins

For the fifth year running, software designer Cabel Sasser has gone down to his local fireworks retailer in Vancouver, Washington* and photographed the most insane fireworks boxes.

Stunning Salt Portraits

Colin Patrick

They say that it’s bad luck to spill salt. But, if you’re spilling it in order to turn it into amazing works of art, I’m sure it’s not nearly such a bad omen.

Enterprise: The First Space Shuttle

Miss Cellania

The very last launch of NASA's space shuttle program is scheduled for Friday, when Atlantis will begin mission STS-135. The 135th mission will end the shuttle program after 35

Amazing Facts, 140 Characters at a Time

Jason English

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7 Different Ways to Say Hello

Haley Sweetland Edwards

Greetings, earthling. People all over the world—from Albania to Zimbabwe, from Belarus to Vietnam—generally answer their phones using some variation on the standard “hello”: Hallo? Alo! Halo? A lô!

Skunk Cabbages Are So Hot

Jill Harness

Can a plant be warm blooded? Well, being as how they have no blood, the obvious answer is no.

Brain Game: The Too-Long Wheelbarrow

Three words are all you need to pass today's Tuesday Test Time.

Morning Cup of Links: Sea Monkeys

Miss Cellania

Bradley Manning’s Army of One. He's in jail for allegedly leaking military documents to Wikileaks, and everyone wants to know why. (via Boing Boing) * The Physics of Cheating in Baseball.

Does Diet Soda Make You Fat?

Meghan Holohan

The Internet has helped rumors about aspartame become more exaggerated—it's been said to cause seizures, lupus, autism, Gulf War syndrome (huh?) and more.

The Mount Everest Graveyard

Stacy Conradt

Everyone knows that climbing Mount Everest is one of the greatest physical accomplishments man can achieve. It’s so difficult, in fact, that many don’t survive to tell the tale.

Chocolate-Covered Corn Dogs and Other Delicacies

Jill Harness

The San Diego County Fair is a delightfully disgusting romp through the bounds of gluttony.

Last Week's Most Popular Stories

Jason English

In case you weren't obsessively refreshing all week, here's what you