THE KNOWLEDGE FEED

No (global) Child Left Behind

Mangesh Hattikudur

The MIT Tech Review is reporting that the $100 laptop project already has over 4 million orders from around the world!

The Anagram Hall of Fame

Will Pearson

Here at mental_floss, we're just nerdy enough to celebrate whenever we discover an entertaining anagram.

Hey, check out the personality on that one!

Mary

The Freakonomics blog has a post titled "Why Do Beautiful Women Sometimes Marry Unattractive

Hey Stephen: Put a cork in it!

Mary

A reader named Stephen wrote to us yesterday, pointing out that environmentalists extol the benefits of using cork on one hand and worry about endangered cork forests (at left) on the other.

The First Americans

David K. Israel

I found Will's entry below so fascinating, I felt the need to return to colonial times and add on the following interesting fact: Today is also the day, back in 1790, that the very first offic

Your "I'm so much smarter than everyone else" fact of the day

Will Pearson

We all knew that guy who refused to celebrate the turn of the millennium when the year 2000 hit because the real turn was in 2001.

Attack of the giant unidentifiable cephalopod

Mary

The incomparable Clive Thompson of Collision Detection has found an ad that outdoes anything seen at this year's Super Bowl (yeah, we know, we're setting the bar low), which he calls "a

Today in fringe sports: eel-tossing

Mary

You think we're kidding? LONDON — For more than 30 years, crowds have flocked to the small English fishing village of Lyme Regis to watch an annual tradition -- two teams of fishermen

Watercooler Ammo: Starlings are the new "Star Wars Kid"

Mary

The noble fellow at left is the Common Starling, Sturnus vulgaris, and he has recently become a web celebrity ("cewebrity?").

Weekly IQ-tip goes Green

David K. Israel

There are a series of fascinating articles in this month's issue of dwell magazine about sustainable homes (Green Goes Mainstream).

Meerkat School

Will Pearson

This story came out a couple weeks ago in Science, but I didn't read about it until flipping through The Week a few days ago. Researchers in the Kalahari Desert recently observed meerkats teac

Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Scientist: Dr. Ulf Leonhardt

Mary

In our first weekly installment of "Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Scientist," we'd like to introduce you to invisibility expert Dr.

Pillow Talk

Mangesh Hattikudur

I don't have a good explanation for why I'm writing so much about babies today (this is my last baby post, I promise), but I saw these Zaky pillows on ShinyShiny, and thought they were so cr

Babies Rock

Mangesh Hattikudur

Since babies seem to be such a popular accessory this season (everyone's got one!), and since getting those creatures to fall asleep seems to be such a difficult task, I figured I'd post abo

Can't we all just get along?

Mangesh Hattikudur

While mental_floss generally likes to leave Hate at the front door (right along side our muddy shoes and wet umbrellas), I stumbled into a hate site this morning that I felt obligated to post about: I

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