THE KNOWLEDGE FEED

Forbidden Friday: Greed

Mary

It's well established on this blog that I'm fascinated by bank robberies.

AJ says: Wiki humor

Mary

AJ was having computer problems earlier, so I was more than happy to relay this message from him (and take credit for it): I may be way late to this party, but I loved the Onion's parody of Wiki

Forbidden Friday: Seven Deadly Sins to Enjoy before Sunday

Mary

Today I'm in New York, my favorite city of sin (sorry, Vegas), so to honor my surroundings I thought I'd parcel out some goodies from our book Forbidden Knowledge: A Wickedly Smart Guide to

A piece of Egyptian meteorite glass is forever

Mary

In a development that should please AJ to no end, scientists have found a link between the pharoah Tutankhamun and the Tunguska Event (aside from their both starting with T and being impossible to spe

Quick, someone alert the Weekly World News!

Mary

From the New Scientist Short Sharp Science blog: A California conceptual artist claims he has "painstakingly decoded" alien artwork broadcast from deep space.

Amazing Amazon

David K. Israel

I know I joked a couple weeks ago about Amazon.com opening a church, but seems I wasn't too far off! According to today's Variety, "Amazon.com is going from peddler to producer.

First He Inspired 1.5 Bands, Now a Car?!

Mangesh Hattikudur

mental_floss' favorite inventor Nikola Tesla, who famously dreamed up AC current amongst a million other things, and inspired the names for the rock bands Tesla and AC/DC (or at least the first-h

Between a Dog and a Hard Place

Mangesh Hattikudur

In one of the happier stories that I've read today, Reuters is reporting that a Polish man unintentionally saved a 110 lb.

Comma Cazi

David K. Israel

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What is that thing?

Mary

PZ Myers of Pharyngula is trying to identify the fuzzy thing at right: I got a request to help identify this bizarre creature.

G4 You Break My Heart

Mangesh Hattikudur

I was reading G4's The Feed blog today (which I highly recommend, by the way), when I saw that G4 was strutting about and patting itself on the back for obtaining the exclusive rights to re-broad

The 8-Legged Race

Mangesh Hattikudur

Back in my old New York apartment, whenever my roommate would jump on the bed, begin shrieking, and start dropping books on the floor, I knew exactly what the sound meant: a spider had infiltrated the

You can't take it with you, unless you're Chinese

Mary

Pennylicious, the new money blog from Alex of Neatorama fame, has a great bit on "hell money," which (name notwithstanding) doesn't seem to have anything to do with taxes: The Chinese

Your daily ice cream scoop

Mary

We promise, we'll quit with the ice-cream fixation once the weather cools down, but: In its quest to create ice cream as voluptuous as butter and as virtuous as broccoli, the ice cream industry

I think I'll switch to Junior Mints from now on

Mary

One of my favorite blogs at the moment is Effect Measure, which is theoretically all about pressing public health issues but also includes such nuggets as "Paul Revere was a member of the first l

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