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The Nikola Tesla Grand Tour

In honor of Tesla Day - Nikola’s birthday - we’ve assembled a catalogue of places to visit and pay your respects to the multi-national brilliant …

50 Science Misconceptions— Debunked!

On this week's <i>mental_floss</i> List Show, Hank Green dishes out some science knowledge. Prepare to empty your brain of these 50 common misconceptions, …

Language May Have Evolved Way Earlier Than We Thought

New research suggests our Neanderthal cousins might have been super chatty.<p>Far from the traditional view of Neanderthals as heavy-grunting prehumans, a new theory suggests that our extinct relatives may have been chattier than we assumed.<p>Humans and Neanderthals share a common ancestor, likely <i>Homo</i> …

The Periodic Table Of Humanity's Worst Vices [Infographic]

The science of how much we suck<p>From the design studio that created these cinematic star charts and musical color wheels comes a periodic table of human nature's ugliest attributes. Tyranny, deceit, materialism, brutality—thanks a lot, evolution.<p>The Periodic Table of Social Issues is designed to …

What 10 Everyday Situations Cost the Economy

What happens when you consider the larger cost of everyday annoyances? Statistics!<p>1. Hangovers<p>If you think you feel bad after a bender, consider the …

How Is "I before E except after C" a Rule?

English spelling is hard. It's hard for kids to learn it, and it's hard for adults who have already learned it to remember how to do it right. It …

The Bad Quartos: What Shakespeare Could’ve Been

It’s the best-known soliloquy in the world. Hamlet: To be or not to be! The chances are you know it already, and it’s likely that when you’re seated …

The Time John Fogerty Was Sued for Ripping Off John Fogerty

In 1993, former Creedence Clearwater Revival singer John Fogerty found himself at the center of a case being argued before the United States Supreme …

12 Horrible Gobbledygook Words We Reluctantly Accepted

Just as there is nothing certain in this world but death and taxes, there is nothing certain in language but that it will change, and that people …

Language

11 More Geeky Engagement and Wedding Rings

We may have already featured some great geeky engagement and wedding rings in the past, but with geek marriages happening every day, fantastically …

Engagement Rings

11 Songs Old Enough to Buy Booze

From "I'm Too Sexy" to "Smells Like Teen Spirit," here are 11 songs that are currently 21 years old and ready to party. Please card them—they're …

Florida

11 Places Where Wonderful Things Are Happening

A casual perusal of the newspaper, or fifteen minutes watching cable news, could cause even the most relaxed person to reach for the Xanax and a …

Arctic Circle

The Man Who Predicted Google Glass Forecasts The Near Future

Google Glass isn't even available to the public yet. But the wearable technology that packs a tiny computer into a lightweight frame has already faced mockery, condemnation, fear and threats of regulation. As NPR's Steve Henn reported in May:<p>"Right now, Google Glass might be the world's worst spy …

Hubble telescope discovers alien 'deep blue' planet

The heavens are home to an alien world that shines a deep cobalt blue in a solar system far, far away from our own.<p>Astronomers used the ageing Hubble …

IFTTT launches iPhone app: 'Mobile has always been in our plans'

Quietly, IFTTT has become an indispensable tool for a growing number of internet users, making connections between web services including Facebook, …

No Heir — Though Lots of Spares — to the Microsoft Throne in New Reorg of Tech Giant

There will doubtlessly be a lot of what-it-all-means chewing over the two very long memos by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer about his massive redo of …

Finding Meaning In The Mosh Pit Among Often-Reviled Groupies

The bands Phish and Insane Clown Posse have spawned some of the most rabid fans in music history. Their world of obsession is not an easy one to break into, but on a warm December night in Miami back in 2009, pop culture writer Nathan Rabin went to see a concert that would inspire him to enter the …

What Does Your Summer Reading Say About You?

If the proliferation of summer reading lists is any indication, summer is prime time for recreational reading, whether it's fiction or non.<p>NPR Books is well into a special series on summer books for 2013. <i>Philosophy Talk</i>, a Bay Area philosophy show (think <i>Car Talk</i>, but where the problems tackled are …

Best Of The Summer: 6 Books The Critics Adore

There is no one definition of a summer book. It can be a 1,000-page biography, a critically acclaimed literary novel, a memoir everyone is talking about — or it might be your favorite guilty pleasure: romance, crime, science fiction. Whatever you choose, it should be able to sweep you away to …

Physics And Poetry: Can You Handle The Truth?

If you are going to shell out cash sending a kid to college, you might as well get in on their fun too. That's how my daughter's post-modern lit class slammed me into <i>The Waste Land</i> by T.S. Eliot.<p>It is, arguably, one of the most important poems of the 20th century. At least that is what they told …

Book News: Barnes & Noble's CEO Quits

• Barnes & Noble CEO William Lynch Jr. resigned Monday following several grim earnings reports and the company's recent announcement that it would stop manufacturing its own Nook tablets. A new chief executive wasn't named, but Michael P. Huseby has been named president of Barnes & Noble and chief …

Comedian Aisha Tyler Talks About Flipping Off Failure

Comedian and actor Aisha Tyler brews beer, plays video games, tells dirty jokes, drinks fancy booze and ... writes books.<p>She has a new one out this week: <i>Self-inflicted Wounds: Heartwarming Tales of Epic Humilation</i>. We sat down in the NPR studios over a mug of 18-year-old scotch to talk about her …

The Science Of Twinkies: How Do They Last So Darned Long?

We have to confess: When we heard that Twinkies will have nearly double the shelf life, 45 days, when they return to stores next week, our first reaction was — days? Not years?<p>Urban legend has long deemed Twinkies the cockroaches of the snack food world, a treat that can survive for decades, what …

Exploring A Crisis Of Faith With Confessional Comics

Confessional cartoon chronicler Jeffrey Brown's new autobiographical work, <i>A Matter of Life,</i> will sit next to Craig Thompson's <i>Blankets</i> as one of the most touching and wise graphic memoirs we have about growing up in a religious household and grappling with faith.<p>Avid consumers of graphic …

God, No!

• <b>Author:</b> Penn Jillette<p>A scathingly funny reinterpretation of the Ten Commandments from the larger, louder half of world-famous magic duo Penn and Teller reveals an atheist's experience in the world: from performing on the Vegas strip with Siegfried and Roy to children and fatherhood to his ongoing …

Looking for Alaska

• <b>Author:</b> John Green<p><b>The award-winning, genre-defining debut from #1 bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars</b><p>Winner of the Michael L. Printz Award<i><br>Los Angeles Times</i> Book Prize Finalist<i><br>New York Times</i> bestseller<p>Before. Miles “Pudge” Halter is done with his safe life at home. His whole life has been …

6 most influential women writers you’ve never heard of

<b>Nathalia Crane (policymic.com)</b><p>Some were forced to use male pen names. Others remained anonymous. All deserve their rightful place in the canon<p>Brittany Oliver<p>July 10, 2013 8:25pm (UTC)<p>This piece originally appeared on PolicyMic.<p>Translating human experience into a literary presentation is the art of …

What would Orwell have made of Flipboard? | @helpingmedia

Orwell Flipboard magazine cover<p>How does Flipboard, which I found superb for creating a live event magazine in April, perform for longer-term content …