World's Oldest Person

Will Pearson

For the 2nd time this year, the world's oldest person has died (to clarify, these were 2 different people).

Fatter is dumber?

Ransom Riggs

... or at least it seems to be in lab mice. Researchers at Yale's medical school have discovered that mice who take tests while hungry do significantly better than sated mice.

Greg Veis, YouTube Hunter: Give Me Some Indignity

Will Pearson

Spend every waking moment flipping through YouTubes, like The Hunter does for you, and patterns start to emerge. Grand Unifying Themes.

Show Off Your Smarts!

Will Pearson

With my Geico customer post in mind, this week's "Show Off Your Smarts" challenge is to share your favorite facts related to advertising - print, television, radio, billboards, anywhere

The folks in those Geico ads are in fact real customers

Will Pearson

If you haven't seen a Geico commercial in the last couple months, you haven't turned on the TV.

Tuesday Turnip

David K. Israel

It's time for another whimsical Tuesday Turnip search wherein I type a random phrase and we see what kind of interesting factoids "turn-up." Today I typed in "largely assumed th

How To: Use All Of Your Brain

Maggie Koerth-Baker

Tip #1: Be Alive Actually, that's pretty much all you have to do. Despite what the Uri Gellars of the world would have you believe, you're already using all of your brain.

Safety first?

Ransom Riggs

"Wear your helmet!" Moms are obligated to say it, and in many American cities, riders are obligated by law to do it.

Armchair Field Trip to Grenada: Parang!


In Europe they have the Eurovision Song Contest; in Carriacou, there's Parang, which features slightly less ridiculous outfits but has all sorts of other elements of competitive showmanship:

Night owls supposedly more creative

Mangesh Hattikudur

Discovery News is reporting that after analyzing 120 men and women of varying ages, an Italian study out of Milan has concluded that "nocturnal types" are more likely to find creative soluti

These legs were made for walking

Mangesh Hattikudur

Check out the video for this walking table, which apparently debuted at the Dutch Desgin Week in Eindhoven, Netherlands.

Radioactive sandwiches and the laws of physics


As a science writer, I occasionally get random unsolicited pitches, announcements, and deep thoughts from scientists and science buffs.

A Zune ad worth seeing (...and one that isn't)

Mangesh Hattikudur

While I'm a true and tried Apple user, I've been eyeing the Microsoft Zune with curiosity—not so much because I want one, but because I'm dying to know how the supposed "

Back to the Future: The Trivia

Jason English

The last few days, Bravo has been giving viewers a heavy dose of Back to the Future, the first VHS tape I ever bought.

Not So Useless Facts

Will Pearson

Sometimes our staff likes to sit around and challenge our brilliant research editors, Sandy Wood and Kara Kovalchik, by throwing out a topic and seeing how many interesting related facts they can come