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A snail on a ruler

Furlongs Per Fortnight

Mix-and-match units

Engineers with a sense of humor use the expression "furlongs per fortnight" when the correct unit of measurement is unclear. But there may be a practical use for this odd unit of measurement, too.
Illustration of Zeno's dichotomy paradox

Zeno’s Paradoxes

Proof that motion unexists

An ancient Greek philosopher attempted to prove that motion is not merely possible, it unexists. Even today, some philosophers find his arguments moving.
16th century Portuguese and Spanish trade routes

The 1715 Spanish Plate Fleet

Disaster on the Treasure Coast

A fleet of ships carrying gold from the New World to Spain in 1715 sank in a hurricane. Some of the ships have never been found, but their treasures have washed up on the Florida shores for centuries.
A twisted Juniper tree near a rock formation in Sedona, Arizona

Sedona’s Energy Vortexes

The world’s most popular invisible tourist attraction

The town of Sedona, Arizona is best known for several so-called energy vortexes that are supposedly sites of increased energy. They may or may not promote health and spiritual development, but they certainly promote tourism.
Acorn vs. egg + corn

Mondegreens and Eggcorns

Giving old words a new ring

Two common (and related) language mistakes affect almost everyone at some point, and now that we have clever names for them, we can laugh at them even more easily.
U.S. Army Field Ration D chocolate bar

Heat-Resistant Chocolate

Defying the laws of confectionary

Milk chocolate melts in your hand, your pocket, or a hot glove compartment. Wouldn't it be great if it didn't? Keeping chocolate from melting when you don't want it to, while maintaining proper texture and taste, is a challenge of food science.
New Orleans Pharmacy Museum

Museums of Interesting Things

Putting the muse back in museum

From cabinets of curiosities to dime museums and beyond, some museums have catered specifically to those with a taste for the rare and unusual. In that spirit, this site is a virtual museum of interesting things.
A Dutch woonerf

Living Streets

Using uncertainty to calm traffic

Some urban designers think that cars and pedestrians can safely share street space. Amazingly, the absence of signs and markers seems to decrease the number of accidents.
Sea Monkeys in an aquarium

Sea Monkeys

New life for an old fad

Instant life! Just add water! Sea Monkeys are back, but brine shrimp still don't make particularly good pets. Sneaky marketing strikes again.
The Hand Fan Museum in Healdsburg, California

43 Weirdly Specific Museums

Whatever your obsession, chances are there’s a museum all about it

You can find museums of art, science, natural history, and other broad subjects anywhere. What if you want a whole museum full of just one odd and very particular thing? We've got you covered.
The bluish glow of a "red tide" at night

Red Tide

A beautiful and/or deadly aquatic phenomenon

When certain types of plankton multiply rapidly in the ocean, the water can take on a reddish appearance. Red tide is sometimes dangerous due to toxins the plankton produce, but can also result in an eerily beautiful glowing ocean.
A poison dart frog

Poison Dart Frogs

Pretty to look at, but don’t put them in your mouth

Tiny and colorful, these critters (of which there are about 170 species) live in the rain forests of Central and South America. A poison from the skin on their backs can be deadly.
Whooping cranes following an ultralight airplane

Operation Migration

Follow that airplane!

When endangered birds are raised in captivity, teaching them how to migrate can be tricky. But it's possible, if you can convince them that an airplane is just another bird.
A hand holding a block of aerogel


The solids that are mostly air

These curious solids weigh only slightly more than air, yet they're surprisingly strong—and among the world's most effective insulators.
Tufa formations in Mono Lake


The strange rocks with the funny name

When the right combination of conditions exists, as is the case in California's Mono Lake, huge stone formations much like stalagmites can form underwater. And then it gets weird.

Today is…

National Escargot Day

If you can get past the "yuck" factor, snails are actually quite tasty—at least, as much of them as you can taste underneath all that butter and garlic. If eating snails grosses you out, though, you could try feeding them.

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