THE KNOWLEDGE FEED

Garlic: Kills bugs dead.

Mary

In the course of some reporting for a freelance article, I stumbled across this list of pesticides that farmers can use and still be considered for the coveted "organic" label.

Insane Einstein Optical Illusion!

Mangesh Hattikudur

I read about this optical illusion on Digg, and the video demonstration of it is pretty crazy.

Smiles & Fish

Mangesh Hattikudur

I used to hate face-painting.

Caption this scary found photo

Ransom Riggs

This is an old family photo, recently found in a drawer brimming with thousands of other random pictures of vacations, weddings, holidays and kids' birthday parties.

Bond (James Bond) Week: What to Drink

Mary

You know that scene in License to Kill where Timothy Dalton's Bond-floozy orders a Budweiser with lime and he says he'll have the same?

IQ-tips timewarp trip: Conversation

David K. Israel

If you missed the previous installments, we're on an IQ-tips timewarp trip this week, dipping into Amy Vanderbilt's classic book from the 1950s, The Complete Book of Etiquette, looking at he

Special of the Day for Blog Readers

Will Pearson

15% off the Complete-As-It-Gets Set. This is the perfect gift for those who've just fallen in love with mental_floss and want to catch up on all the great issues they've missed.

Who the *&^% is Jackson Pollock?

Ransom Riggs

That was what Teri Horton, a now-retired truck driver from California, said when a friend suggested that a painting Horton had bought at a garage sale looked like the work of the uber-famous artist.

Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Scientist: Lisa Randall

Mary

While doing research for an upcoming article on string theory (a "big idea" if we ever saw one), I ran across this interview with Lisa Randall.

Emmitt Smith vs. A.C. Slater

Jason English

When I was 13, Emmitt Smith was the greatest player in the NFL. The biggest name in high school football that year was Albert Clifford "A.C." Slater.

Well, they do both start with "tri"

Mary

Y'know, now that the election season is over and we're recovering from the caustic effects of all those horrid political ads, we're feeling kinda touchy-feely.

Bond (James Bond) Week: Our Contest!

Mary

Assuming "Casino Royale" doesn't flop a la "The Adventures of Pluto Nash" this weekend (and we think that's a pretty safe assumption), the next Bond movie is slated for N

Eggshell, Burnt Sienna and Prison Pink?

Mangesh Hattikudur

While you might be able to find the soothing Pepto-Bismol shade at your local paint shop, chances are that after this Monday, you won't see the color lining any Kansas City prison walls anymore.

Famous authors' beach party

Ransom Riggs

While visiting Hawaii, both Jack London and Mark Twain both tried surfing. London hung ten in 1907 -- pictured below, sometime afterwards -- and fell in love with it,

Pixels of Perfection!

Mangesh Hattikudur

Oh, man... I know I'm probably not supposed to be promoting other t-shirts on this site, but as a lover of all things Atari, I just couldn't help myself.

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