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26 Beatnik Slang Words and Phrases We Should All Start Using

Plenty of phrases from the first self-described hipster generation have lasted into modern conversation: people still get bent out of shape, annoying people bug us and muscular guys are still built, just to scan the b-words. Here are 26 words and phrases that don’t get much use any more but are worth sneaking into conversation. 1. [...]

Friday Happy Hour: Reader-Submitted Question Edition

On Fridays, I usually ask a series of unrelated questions to spark conversation in the comments. But today I’m taking a half-day and my kids are demanding a trip to the boardwalk. So, I’m going to leave the question-asking to you guys. What have you always wanted to ask your fellow _flossers? Looking forward to [...]

Will we ever be able to talk to animals ?

Will it ever be possible for a human to talk to and have a meaningul conversation with an animal ? Every year great strides are made in understanding …

Conversation: A Film by the Makers of “People in Order”

If you liked yesterday’s People in Order post, you’ll dig this 11-minute documentary by Lenka Clayton and James Price. Conversation is a fascinating look at how strangers judge each others’ faces (each subject is shown film of other subjects, and comments on that person based on his or her face alone). Originally created [...]

Two robots converse about God

PhD students set up a conversation between two computer bots to see what would happen. The two bots, named Alan and Sruthi, were originally designed t…

Laser Cut Toilet Paper is Very Judgmental

If you’ve ever wanted to have a conversation with your toilet paper, then artist Brooks Bischof has the perfect product for you. His laser cut roll proclaims “You used me once and threw me away.” Link -via NotCot

Mark Twain Listens to a Woman on the Phone

I recently read an NPR piece about the book Annoying: The Science of What Bugs Us, in which researchers determined that the most universally annoying thing ever is listening to someone talk on a phone. When I came across this reprint on The Atlantic from Mark Twain in 1880, I realized that this has been the [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Interesting Conversation Hearts

I know lots of people think they’re chalky and taste like nothing, but I adore Conversation Hearts. Love them or loathe them, you’re no doubt familiar with the usual syrupy sayings like “Kiss Me” and “U R Sweet,” but there have been some decidedly more interesting imprints on those hearts over the years. Here are [...]

12 Impressive Chopsticks

Chopsticks can be just two plain sticks, or they could be works of art, clever conversation pieces, or engineered to make eating simpler. You’ll find some of each (except for the plain sticks) in a roundup by our own Jill Harness at Oddee. The chopsticks shown make learning to use them easy and fun for [...]

Conversacube Helps You through Those Awkward Silences

(Video Link) Lauren McCarthy is the designer responsible for the Happiness Hat — a hat that drives a painful spike into your head when you forget to smile. The Conversacube is one of her more recent projects. It’s a little box that will prompt you on what to say during a first date when you’re not [...]