THE KNOWLEDGE FEED

Just the thing for your favorite tapeworm enthusiast!

Mary

Since Mangesh is all about the wacky inventions today, I thought I'd put this one up too -- because I need a verdict: Is this incredibly cool, or is it Hypercolor in a science-y (and somewhat gr

David Lynch: geniusy, if not a genius

Ransom Riggs

Like many media-saturated cinephiles my age, I grew up loving Blue Velvet, Eraserhead, the often-overlooked Elephant Man and the rest of David Lynch's bizarre canon.

Why I will be hanging out in front of my fridge for the next week

Mangesh Hattikudur

If Magnetic Poetry and your kindergartener's refrigerator art work has lost its charm, perhaps it's time to invest in something that will put that geeky smile back on your face: Frigits Delu

The Sweet Strums of the Air Guitar

Mangesh Hattikudur

Yahoo News is reporting today that Australian researchers have just developed a t-shirt that turns the sweet music of air guitar-ing into a reality.

IQ-tips timewarp trip: Television

David K. Israel

You guys seemed to appreciate last week's IQ-tips on remote control etiquette so much, it gave me an idea: how about we take a journey through the etiquette of our past, an IQ-tips timewarp trip.

Catching Scarlet Fever

Jason English

"The last big football game Rutgers played was the first college football game ever," the great Tony Kornheiser said last Thursday, referring to a 6-4 victory over Princeton in 1869.

Fight like a man

Ransom Riggs

For nearly 80 years, it was dismissed as a folktale. A budding journalist in a male-dominated field, Dorothy Lawrence was nineteen years old, British, and the year was 1915.

The Wah-Wah-Wah-Week in Review

Mary

After watching the video of the Helsinki Complaints Choir a few dozen times (and having the song stuck in my head all week), I couldn't help but gripe this week about all the other stuff that wa

TED, three men, and a little lady

Mary

As you may recall, Will, Mangesh and I traveled to the Idea Festival a few weeks ago, and one of the speakers we had the privilege of hearing was Burt Rutan -- who believes you can fly, provided you

The Best Phrase To Applaud Innovation Since 'Sliced Bread'

Jason English

"It's the best thing since...you know what" has replaced its sliced bread predecessor as the go-to saying when praising innovation. This is lazy and this is a

Geo-stumper: Name this metropolitan volcano

Ransom Riggs

Hello, I'm a volcano. (Well, almost -- I'm a volcanic cinder cone, the simplest kind of volcano.

Sorry, we're not making that these-boots pun

Mary

Y'know, as fun as it is to give Alex Kuczynski a hard time, occasionally her shopping column in the Times provides some useful information. "Real Texas cowboys started manufacturing somethi

Special of the Day for Blog Readers

Will Pearson

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Weekend Word Wrap: dittograms

David K. Israel

In Jim Wegryn's book, A Barrel Full of Words: A Treasury of Wordplay in his chapter on homophones, he introduces a fun concept he calls dittograms.

Pets or Meat?

Mangesh Hattikudur

Some pretty disturbing cartoon ads from the Philippine Animal Welfare Society, particularly the Scooby Snack.

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