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Dietribes: Live and Let Pie

Allison Keene

According to the Encyclopedia of Food and Culture, the core meaning of the word pie (or piece) in Celtic and later medieval Latin was twofold: a morsel which could be eaten with the fingers and which

Fun with Numbers: America's Growth Divide

Ransom Riggs

We try hard to remain fair and balanced, to borrow a phrase, here at the _floss.

Creatively Speaking: Marc Tyler Nobleman

David K. Israel

Our Creatively Speaking series of interviews continues this week with Marc Tyler Nobleman, author of the recently published Boys of Steel - The Creators of Superman.

Brain Game: Go West ... or Not

Stacy's 10 winning words post has SCRABBLE on my brain.

Morning Cup of Links: Post-It Note Races

Miss Cellania

33 Disturbing But True Facts About Eugenics. As if the word "eugenics" doesn't already creep you out enough. * The Top Ten Weird Things Sent Into Space.

I Hope They Have Cows: Marc Chagall

Andréa Fernandes

On this date in 1944, Bella Rosenfeld Chagall passed away from a viral infection. As the love of Marc Chagall's life, Bella was his model and his inspiration for 35 years.

The Quick 10: 10 Reasons You Don't Want to Go to Angola Prison

Stacy Conradt

If you have been following the Hurricane Gustav news (and it's kind of impossible not to), then you might already know that Ray Nagin, the mayor of New Orleans, issued a statement saying that any

One Mythbuster's Obsession With the Maltese Falcon

Chris Higgins

Adam Savage is best known for hosting the Discovery Channel program Mythbusters, but he's got a lot more going on than televised science experiments.

10 Ruthless Rock Managers

the mag

By Bill DeMain They've got bad hair and big cigars, and they want their 10 percent. Meet the world's most notorious music managers. 1. The Kingmaker: Colonel Tom

R.I.P. Don LaFontaine

You may not know the name, but you know his voice. Today we mourn the loss of the man who, for decades, has been the voice of movie trailers. Don LaFontaine died yesterday in Los Angeles.

8 Famous Stutterers

David K. Israel

I was tempted to lead off with Porky Pig, but after Joe Biden's public confession last week during the Democratic National Convention, it seemed timelier to kick off the list with him.

The Trouble with Phone Books

Ransom Riggs

If you're reading this blog, then you probably have no use for a phone book.

10 Odd Things Swallowed, with X-ray Evidence

Miss Cellania

You're gnawing on something for one reason or another, and sometimes instinct takes over and -whoops- you've swallowed it!

Brain Game: Sea Duty?

Hope you all had a nice Labor Day holiday.

Morning Cup of Links: Nazi TV

Miss Cellania

In the 1930s, Nazis were already using the new medium of television for propaganda purposes. See the hour long documentary Television Under the Swastika. For a preview, see a short clip here.