John Reads the First Chapter of Turtles All the Way Down

Good morning Hank, it’s Tuesday and this is the first chapter of Turtles All the Way Down which I’ll be reading to you today. Okay, I think all you need to know is that this story is narrated by a sixteen-year-old girl named Aza Holmes Also it starts with a–with an epigraph from Arthur Schopenhauer: […]

Turtles All the Way Down!!! A Reunion Video

Good morning, Hank. It’s Tuesday, October 10th, 2017, and I’m sitting on a hotel floor in New York City, which can only mean one thing: my new book, Turtles All the Way Down is out now, at least in the US, the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and several other countries. First things first, if […]

Why Megalodon (Definitely) Went Extinct

About 8 million years ago, a little baleen whale was swimming in the warm coastal waters of Peru. It was only about 3 or 4 meters long, about the size of a Beluga whale, and while it filtered mouthfuls of plankton-rich water, it was unaware that just below it swam a predator. Like the great […]

When Fish First Breathed Air

385 million years ago, the land was all but empty. The continents were home to only some sparse plants and fungi, and a few pioneering arthropods. Life in the oceans, however, was booming. The waters teemed with squid, bony fish, and sea scorpions. But there was one group of fish that was about to go […]

31 Facts About Sharks | Mental Floss List Show | 534

Hi, I’m Erin McCarthy, editor-in-chief of Mental Welcome to Mental Floss video and did you know that there are more than 500 types of sharks? They range in size from 8 inches to 40 feet long. My personal favorite is the cookie cutter shark, which grows to up to 22 inches. It uses its […]

When Sharks Swam the Great Plains

If you’ve ever been to, or lived in, or even flown over the central swath of North America, then you’ve seen the remnant of what was a uniquely fascinating environment. It’s all prairies and cities now, but long ago, it was rife with exotic, aquatic life. It was full of ammonites, colossal clams, and toothy […]