Dammit, Science Writers Are Not Afraid To Curse

On his eponymous personal blog, Nature Chemistry editor Stuart Cantrill offers a post on "how sweary Nature has been over the years," spurred by the use of "bollocks" in a 2014 piece on e-cigarettes. » 2/20/15 6:00pm 2/20/15 6:00pm

Here's the first recorded instance of the F-word in English

And it's a monk expressing his displeasure at an abbot. In the margins of a guide to moral conduct. Because of course. » 2/09/14 11:00am 2/09/14 11:00am

How American delicacy turned Belgium into a dirty word

Because all the Americans I know tend to think that we're in a progressive, modern country, it sometimes surprises us to learn that other nations consider us big ol' prudes. And it's not just France! Our delicate sensibilities have been catered to by the English in a maneuver that gave us one of the better dirty words… » 8/04/12 10:00am 8/04/12 10:00am

The time an Apollo 16 astronaut swore about farting on the moon

We already know that farting astronauts are serious business, but the fact is that even the best-trained moonwalker can't stop themselves from passing gas. Apollo 16 astronaut John Young didn't just fart prolifically while on the moon, he colorfully described his flatulence during a mission debriefing. » 5/05/12 11:00am 5/05/12 11:00am

"Equations of Life" is a horrorshow cyberpunk nostalgia trip to London

Yearning for the sort of cutting-edge dystopian future we were promised way back in the 1980s? Simon Morden's Equations of Life may be just the cyberpunk thriller for you. » 4/05/11 1:00pm 4/05/11 1:00pm

Frak Off! We've Got the Best Swear Words from Scifi

They say that swearing is the tool of the unintelligent, but swearing in an alien language? That has to make you cool, especially since it'll perplex the hell out of most people. If you want to win that hard-to-get geek street cred, we've got just the thing: A list of the best scifi cusses in the frakkin galaxy. Check… » 1/29/08 11:10am 1/29/08 11:10am