THE KNOWLEDGE FEED

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

Is there life on Mars Earth?

Mary

Is this what a postcard from Mars would look like?

Watercooler Ammo: What you won't find in Castro's obituary

Mary

As Cuban exiles cheer in the streets of Miami, newspapers and magazines are scrambling to write advance obits for Fidel Castro (that is, if they haven't already -- rumors about the old boy's

As Seen on TV

David K. Israel

I like Mary's contest idea about whacky sports so much, I thought I'd pilfer the idea for this post and start a whole new theme called: As Seen on TV. In as few pixels as possible, the idea

Air Hockey without Borders

Mangesh Hattikudur

Engadget has an amazing little blurb on the future of video conferencing, and how it might not be boring?!

How the carrot/vision myth got started

Will Pearson

A couple weeks ago I posted a story about a man who accidentally blinded his wife by throwing a carrot at her.

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