A lot of people are pretty unimpressed with the Black Eyed Peas after their halftime performance yesterday. Whether you were horrified by the out-of-tune warbling or not, you have to admit that the production was at least interesting, which is more than you can say for some of the old halftime performances. Here's what happened - until 1992, the Super Bowl halftime show really wasn't much to write home about. There were lots of Up With People performances, marching bands doing formations you could see... READ ON
Who says fruit flies have all the fun in labs? Sure, for years they've been guzzling booze in experiments across the country so researchers could better understand alcoholism, but another pest recently got a chance to party.
Researchers at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia gave rats ethanol until the rats suffered from headaches—what most people might consider a telltale sign of a hangover. Then, Michael Oshinsky tried curing the rodents of said hangovers with coffee and... READ ON
Welcome to the Monday Math Square, designed to get your noggin in gear to start the week. Enjoy!
NOTE: I made an error in an earlier version of this math square (completely my fault) but it has since been corrected. Apologies to anyone who spent time trying to solve an unsolvable puzzle. I'll remain in the corner until I've learned my lesson.
The nine white squares inside the main red grid should be filled with the digits 1 through 9. Each digit should appear only once in this main grid (the red... READ ON
Yesterday, for the first time in history, humans got to see the entire sun. Probes launched in 2006 reached opposite sides of the star and will send back data for the next eight years.
6 Weird Things That Influence Bad Behavior More Than Laws. The human race is seven kinds of gullible to fall for these tricks.
99 bottles of wine of the wall, 99 bottles of wine... Hey! What if ALL of those bottles should happen to fall?
Humans are peculiar among species in that we can deliberately adapt to... READ ON
by Mary Carmichael
Dr. Stephen Hoffman learned about malaria the hard way—by rolling up his sleeves and letting thousands of infected mosquitoes bite... READ ON
Just in time for the SuperBowl, my favorite link in a long time: NFL Uniforms as Soccer Kits. My friend Dekalb sent me a post to the pics last week but thanks to Jan, I now have a link to the explanation. These sorts of unis could lead to less commercials and a continuous clock just like soccer, right? A girl can dream.
From the Annals of Too Much Time: A rose is a rose is a rose, but a lighter is a lighter is a … tiny motorbike?
A beautifully soothing link to the movement of the solar... READ ON
What constitutes a Final Frontier in science these days? Can we cure cancer? Achieve immortality? Find the soul or any neighbors out there in space? Popular Mechanics breaks down some of science's greatest unsolved mysteries with a Progress Report. (Thanks Jill!)
Another tear-jerker tale, this time from Flossy reader Holly, about a pilot who waited for takeoff in order to assist a grandfather making his way to see his grandson for the last time. (This one goes out to all my fellow Road Warriors, to... READ ON
Movie trailers aren't what they used to be. The trailer for the 1975 movie Jaws was 3.5 minutes long and you never saw the shark, except for a short clip of a fin and a shot of the movie poster. We all wanted to see the shark, so we all paid our $2 to go to the theater. In more recent monster movies, the trailer has all the very best scenes so you can avoid the movie altogether! Here are some over-the-top sea monster movie trailers that will save you a lot of time.
Shark Attack 3: Megalodon
The more... READ ON
A sequel called Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian was written but never produced.