THE KNOWLEDGE FEED

Mento Floss

Mary

The Mentos-and-soda geyser effect revealed a few months ago has now spawned a contest on YouTube.

Newsflash! Cigarettes:alcohol::peas:carrots

Mary

Last month scientists found that beer makes you clumsy; this week they've uncovered another little-known phenomenon: some people like to smoke -- when they drink! A study of rats conducted at Te

Meatloaf and Beef Cakes

Mangesh Hattikudur

Man, I'm completely addicted to the stuff over at ThisNext blog.

Fallen Fruit?

David K. Israel

As some of you've seen on this blog, I have a thing for maps.

Let it snow

David K. Israel

I woke this morning and thought to myself: I wonder if it will ever snow again in Johannesburg, South Africa?

Teddy Bear Takes a Licking

Mangesh Hattikudur

In the wake of what is undoubtedly a difficult time for the Presley family, the press seems to be taking a lot of liberties with the headlines about Elvis' demised teddy bear.

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?").

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