THE KNOWLEDGE FEED

Oodles of Googles

Mangesh Hattikudur

CNN is outing one of the Internet's best-known artists today.

Idea request: About that origins book...

Mary

What do you want to be in it? If you've ever wondered who invented putt-putt or how a creature as gawky as a giraffe came to be, you're in luck -- we're working on an entire book dev

Quiz show

Mary

While doing research for an upcoming m_f book on origins, I came across something for those of you who start your days with our quiz -- an etymological exploration of that very word.

Stupid websites that made people rich

Will Pearson

It's amazing how many bad website ideas have made people rich. WeirdTechNewsHub has a list of the top 10.

Patently Absurd

David K. Israel

I'm not sure how many of you got swept away like I did by the reality show, American Inventor, (hey, there wasn't much else on Thursday nights, I mean long gone are the days of Friends, Will

Scout's Honor

Mangesh Hattikudur

According to the New York Times, Hong Kong authorities are relying on Boy Scouts, Girl Guides and "nine other uniformed groups" to turn in anyone trading or downloading pirated songs or mov

Next: everyone gets a seat at the cool kids' table

Mary

Obviousness of the week: According to a new study, one easy way to make high-school cafeterias more appealing is to demystify the contents of the mystery meat. [Providing] nutrition information did,

Beautiful Biomedical Images

Will Pearson

Our buddy Alex at Neatorama linked to an amazing collection of images from The Biomedical Image Awards 2006.

The 100 Meter Dash of Salt

David K. Israel

As Beijing gears up for the Olympics—only two summers away—China is already working out security and safety issues, as you'd expect in a country of over 1.3 billion people.

If Cute Overload isn't your thing...

Mary

There's always catsthatlooklikehitler.com. I really don't know what else to

This Ain't Your Father's Pong

Mangesh Hattikudur

Coming from a land where snooker, badminton and kabbadi (look it up) are considered sports, I was thrilled to see that people in the video game industry have finally acknowledged the raw athletic inte

This is your mouse on drugs

Mary

I'm not sure the folks at the University of Utah created "Mouse Party" as an anti-drug effort - it looks like it's aimed at neuroscience students, not smack-addled teenagers - but

Americans know the Simpsons better than the First Amendment. Are we really surprised?

Will Pearson

According to The History Channel Magazine, a recent survey by the McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum found that "only 28 percent of Americans are able to name more than one of the five First Amendm

Auntie Maim

David K. Israel

If you're like me, an information and news junkie, you subscribe to a few different magazines, some weekly, some monthly, right?

Ice, ice, baby

Mary

With a heat wave sweeping vast swaths of the country, including the swath that encompasses my un-air-conditioned apartment, I've found only two forms of sweet solace: (A) sticking my head in the

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