THE KNOWLEDGE FEED

Lost Treasures from Around the World

Will Pearson

I've always wondered what happened to the backpack Delta lost on a flight I took from Boston to Atlanta over a decade ago.  There's a good chance it turned up in the town of Scottsbo

You can't win it if you're not in it

Mary

With memories of the media retreat rapidly, er, retreating from my mind, I thought I'd better provide the answer to the question I posed on Friday.

How the Black Widow Trains

Will Pearson

Earlier this week I wrote about Sonya Thomas, a.k.a. the "Black Widow," who has won numerous competitive eating contests involving hotdogs, oysters, meatballs and plenty of other foods.

Fat kids lifting weights

Will Pearson

The media has definitely covered the obesity epidemic in America in recent years and the situation doesn't seem to be improving.

Interstate Redux

Winslow

Sometimes we at mental_floss make mistakes, or just don't get all the facts.

Time Travel

David K. Israel

Want to take a trip back in time through the Internet? No, I'm not talking about real time traveling, I'm talking virtual time traveling, of course.

What do ants and Donald Rumsfeld have in common?

Mangesh Hattikudur

a) They both lean to the right (ants' left legs are markedly shorter than their right ones) b) They both hate magnifying glasses c) They both use pedometers If you said c) they both use pedo

Fishy Business

Mangesh Hattikudur

While thumbing through the new issue of Wired magazine, I was amazed to see all the gadgets that are available to help hobbyist fishermen catch dinner.

Interstate Update

Winslow

Not sure how one can pinpoint the exact 50-year anniversary of our illustrious Interstate system, but today seems to be the day.

Want to smell cookies all the time? Just use your odor recorder.

Will Pearson

 

Oh, come on

Mary

I adore SEED magazine, but this headline is just waaaay out of bounds for an article that doesn't actually show any hoo-has: PLANTS GO TOPLESS Despite the lamentable lack of nudity, the art

World Cup Stats

David K. Israel

Now that the US is out of the World Cup, the US viewing results are in. While I didn't find these numbers shocking, I was kind of surprised by the last two points.

Retro Is In Again

David K. Israel

Today I saw a guy running past my house and I literally did a double-take. One of those cartoony ones. Why?

Stranger and stranger

Mary

Last week I was all about David Sedaris; this week it's his sister Amy, whose home decor ("a collection of plaster meats, a few stuffed squirrels, books on skin disorders") was recently

Warren Buffett's $31 Billion Gift

Will Pearson

 

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