THE KNOWLEDGE FEED

Tuesday Turnip

David K. Israel

It's time for another whimsical Tuesday Turnip Google search wherein I type a random phrase and we see what kind of interesting factoids "turn-up." Today I typed in "more women

Superdome Lives

Jason English

The Louisiana Superdome reopens tonight, a year after the stadium, the city and its people were ravaged by Hurricane Katrina.

The Internet has been around since 1850?

David K. Israel

Some of you might recall this post I did some time ago on English language mishaps found in operating manuals, instructions, and the like.

Contest: They Shoot Idiots, Don't They?

Mary

Last week, we announced our new campaign to reduce idiocy across America -- and to kick it off, we asked for examples of stupidity in everyday life.

Banned in the U.S.A: A Bookish Quiz

Mary

In honor of Banned Books Week, our well-read research editor Sandy put together the following 12-question cultural-literacy test. The correct answers are after the jump -- how bookish are you? 1.

Spam poetry

Ransom Riggs

Sometimes, random is beautiful.

The Moonwalk Mating Dance

Mangesh Hattikudur

I've seen guys attract women by doing Michael Jackson moonwalks in clubs, but I had no idea the dance-move worked on chicks across the Animal Kingdom.

Tall Women More Likely to Have Twins

Will Pearson

LiveScience reports on a study that shows a link between the height of mothers and the likelihood that they will have twins.

Hail to the Artist-in-Chief

Mangesh Hattikudur

I don't know about you guys, but I'm a compulsive doodler. Even when I'm listening at meetings, my pen has to be drawing something.

Double Jeopardy! An Interview with Ken Jennings

Mary

Earlier today we heard from quiz-show whiz Bob Harris -- now we've got Ken Jennings, who is famous for giving our favorite Jeopardy!

Double Jeopardy! with Ken Jennings and Bob Harris

Mary

Who are Bob Harris and Ken Jennings? If you get that corny little joke, you already know -- they're both super-smart and slightly obsessive Jeopardy!

D'forest for d'trees

David K. Israel

One of our favorite blogs, Treehugger.com, has a fascinating post on eco-smart Chinese, who are now carrying their own chopsticks to their favorite restaurants when they eat out, doing what they can t

Pop annotations: "U Can't Shine Like Me" by Lil' Romeo (feat. the Old Prospector)

Ransom Riggs

This week, Floss' senior annotator warms the bench while the Old Prospector tries his hand at a little pop cultural deconstruction.

The Week in Review that dare not speak its name

Mary

Inspired by Pro-Life (nee Marvin) Richardson, we've decided to re-christen some of the other folks who have populated the blog this week.

Fighting Fish

David K. Israel

What do fish and the fight against terrorism have in common, besides starting with the letter F?

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