I don't watch a lot of commercials, mostly because I DVR my favorite shows, but also because I usually flip channels or zone out whenever they come on. But lately, a certain thin, pale blonde woman has managed to hold my attention, the same way those dead twins got Danny's attention in The Shining. Creepy commercials just fascinate me, mostly because I always wonder how they get produced in the first place. Do the creative directors set out to make a Twilight Zone episode, or is it just bad luck? In... READ ON
The Tuesday Turnip is back! We gave it a BIG break to give the Internet time to catch up with us, which it has, which means all new interesting searches on Tuesdays! In case you're not familiar with the Turnip, it's a whimsical Google search, wherein I type a random phrase and we see what kind of interesting pages "turn-up."
As always with this feature, the _floss is not responsible for accuracy. If you know one of the below statements/links to be untrue, by all means, let the... READ ON
Today's Quick 10 is from a book that never fails to inspire me when I need to brainstorm some lists - 5 People Who Died During Sex by Karl Shaw. We might spend entire semesters poring over Julius Caesar and Hamlet in high school, but there are plenty of people who think the Bard was really just a hack. Here are 10 of those people.
1. Voltaire called Shakespeare's works an "enormous dunghill."2. Tolstoy was equally unimpressed, calling Will's writing "Crude, immoral, vulgar and senseless."3. George... READ ON
Los Angeles doesn't have a Statue of Liberty. It can't boast an Eiffel Tower. But we do have one monument unlike anything else in the world: the Watts Towers. Built between 1921 and 1954 by an Italian immigrant named Simon Rodia -- in his backyard, with a window washer's tools and no special equipment -- they're among the United States' best and most famous examples of vernacular art. (Another is Leonard Knight's Salvation Mountain, just a few hours away in the desert, which I did a photo essay about... READ ON
In some cities, driving a taxi is considered an important, valued, even elevated vocation. In London, for example, you need to study and train for about three years before you can get a license. Three fourths of those who begin the taxi training course, never make it to the end. Because of the seriousness with which they take the job, London cab drivers have even been the subjects of brain studies, which have discovered that the cabbies have a larger hippocampus compared with other people.... READ ON
I find myself drawn to flowcharts whether I understand them or not. Here's... READ ON
Enjoy today's Brain Game, and good luck!
What's the final number in this sequence?
3, 7, 10, 11, 12, ?
Here is the SOLUTION.
3, 7, 10, 11, 12 and 17Â are the only numbers which, when spelled out, contain "e" as their only... READ ON
What Does it Take to Really Disappear? Matthew Alan Sheppard found out faking your own death is not as simple as it looks.
The burning question is, how much time did Bill Murray spend stuck in a time loop in the movie Groundhog Day? Wolf Gnards combs through the clues for a definitive answer.
Wizard Rap Battle. Harry Potter and Voldemort are bustin' rhymes to decide the fate of the magical world.
The 30 Weirdest Shoes in the World. Going barefoot never looked so good!
7 Awesome Acts of... READ ON
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We combed through the nearly 100 entries and selected our favorites for you to cast your vote. So have it, and may the best horse... READ ON
The scenery in these videos may look miniaturized, but it's not -- it's the real world, shot with tilt-shift lenses (or using a post-processing technique that simulates their effect), which without going into all the mind-bending mathematics of lens science, straightens out lines that would otherwise curve into the distance when photographed with wide-angle lenses, and creates a very shallow depth of field (meaning lots of stuff in the frame is out of focus). Essentially what this does is fake the look of... READ ON
Here's a provocative little clip of physicist Richard Feynman talking about uncertainty. What an odd topic, right? Effectively Feynman obliquely addresses issues of religion versus science here, and seems to paint himself as the quintessential scientist -- someone to whom uncertainty is simply a normal state of being, and presumably the jumping-off point for most of life's explorations. Below is a complete transcription of the clip (it's under one minute) with some emphasis added, then the clip itself.... READ ON
Anthony Martignetti was nine years old when his family emigrated from Italy to the United States in 1966. They settled in Massachusetts, in a predominantly Italian neighborhood in Boston's North End. It was there, three years later, that Anthony was hanging out with some friends when the group was approached by a pair of men who obviously didn't live in the... READ ON
I was in Chicago for Lollapalooza two weekends ago "“ Armchair Fieldtrip coming soon "“ and, being the nerd that I am, would have been excited about making time to visit the Field Museum no matter what. But when we approached the museum and saw this, I was really excited:
There's an exhibit there right now about pirates "“ specifically, how the slave ship Whydah ("wih-duh" or "wee-duh" but not "Y-duh") became a pirate ship, how it ended up at the bottom of the... READ ON
If you combine the electoral college results of the '80 and '84 elections, Reagan won 1014-62.