The Things That Things Are Named
17 Species Named After Star Wars Characters
There are Star Wars fans everywhere, including among the scientists who study life on Earth.... READ ON
Man Powered His Artificial Heart in a Backpack for 18 Months
Stan Larkin received a heart transplant in May after relying on an artificial heart for more than a year.... READ ON
12 Outlandish Species Names
7 Great Places with Horrifying Names
8 Towns that are Numbered
Origins of 8 of the Strangest Place Names in Canada
Every country has place names that make you scratch your head and say, "What were they thinking?"... READ ON
Pluto Was Named by an 11-Year-Old Girl
On March 14, 1930, 11-year-old Venetia Burney and her family were eating breakfast at their home in Oxford, England, discussing the biggest news of the day: The discovery of a new planet. As they talked about what the new planet's moniker should be, Venetia said, “I think Pluto would be a good name for it.”... READ ON
When Did We Start Naming Winter Storms?
Don’t be surprised if you hear a meteorologist refer to the nor'easter that’s about to hit the East Coast as “Athena.” They’re just following the example of The Weather Channel, which recently announced that it will name “noteworthy winter storms,” just as tropical storms are named. “The fact is,” writes Tom Nizioli on The Weather Channel’s website, “a storm with a name is easier to follow, which will mean fewer surprises and more preparation.”A Storm By Any Other Name... READ ON
27 Cowboy Slang Terms for Things You Eat and Drink
If your bread wallet is empty and you need to line the flue, knight the ribbons and mosey to a beanery. Your cookie-pusher will know what you mean when you order any of these 27 cowboy food and drink items. 1. Bear Sign: Doughnuts * 2. Overland trout: Bacon * 3. Blue John: Skimmed milk * 4. Boggy-top: A pie with no top crust * 5. Cackleberries: Eggs * 6. Charlie Taylor: A butter substitute made of sorghum or syrup mixed with fat. It wasn't good, and apparently neither was Charlie Taylor, who... READ ON
Understanding Diner Lingo: 55 Phrases to Get You Started
Photo: avlxyz on Flickr The origins of most diner phrases are shrouded in mystery or lost to history, and different regions and restaurants use different terminology for the same items, but this list should give you an idea of what's going on when you hear your waitress screaming about wrecking two chicks on a raft. 1. Adam and Eve on a raft/log - Two poached eggs on toast 2. Adam's ale/city juice/dog soup - Water 3. All hot - A baked potato 4. Axle grease/skid grease/cow paste - Butter 5. Baby... READ ON
Why Do So Many Countries End in "-stan"?
Who put the bomp in the bomp bah bomp bah bomp? Who put the -stan in Afghanistan? I don’t know about the former, but we can thank the Proto-Indo-Europeans for the latter.... READ ON
10 Loud Places That Are Actually Nice and Quiet
You know how people make lists of unusual town names to send out as a joke via email? I got one that had a list of "noisy" towns. I decided to look them up and see how "loud" these places really are. I found that most of them were simply nice, quiet places -with very loud names.1. Loudville,... READ ON
In Parts of Europe, Ranch-Flavored Doritos Are Called "Cool American"
[Via BuzzFeed. See more unusual Doritos flavors and flavor names from around the... READ ON
Prince Harry is Partial Owner of a Racehorse Named Usain Colt
John Stillwell/PA Photos/Landov Adrienne Crezo is on vacation this week, but she found time to share that fact with me yesterday. I am grateful. Stealing a line from our Managing Editor Jessanne Collins, I love the things that things are named. If you'd like to use this opening to come up with some punny names for your hypothetical racehorses, please do so in the comments. (You can read more about Usain Colt in this Sports Illustrated article from last... READ ON
The Origins of Weird State Park Names (Part One)
My brother sent me this screenshot of Trip Advisor's information on Moses Lake, Washington. A friend had noted the "Top-rated things to do" section and found it particularly depressing. I'm sure that Potholes State Park and the House of Poverty Museum are perfectly wonderful things to see, but the names aren't exactly inspiring.Badlands image by Flickr user klaxtonphoto.I started to wonder if there were other state parks with equally depressing names. After all, Badlands National Park in South Dakota... READ ON
brilliant questions from you!