THE KNOWLEDGE FEED

That's why you've got a fork and knife

Mangesh Hattikudur

Yahoo News is reporting that a 12-foot Burmese Python named Houdini screwed up a magic trick when he tried to make his electric blanket disappear.

No, we will not be making the obvious joke

Mary

Several blogs have been passing around the story of Oxana Malaya, who, as the saying goes, was literally raised by dogs: Oxana is a feral child, one of only about 100 known in the world.

Sound like a genius (albeit a slightly geeky one)

Mary

The not-at-all-daft Carolyn Bickford of "Daft Musings" alerted us to her Comic Book Convention Party Cheat Sheet, inspired by our own Cocktail Party Cheat Sheets.

I thought carrots were supposed to help your vision

Will Pearson

As you know, mental_floss is on a mission to help people feel smart.

Queen of the Oddballs

David K. Israel

Memoirs are a funny business.

Insect Love

Mangesh Hattikudur

I saw this gorgeous pic of an African Praying Mantid on ettf.net, and couldn't resist posting it. In fact, I was so fascinated that I broke out the Britannica, and researched a bit online.

Newsflash! Too much Foster's makes you clumsy, hungover

Mary

This just in: Scientists in Australia have discovered that, according to the headline, "DRINKING CAN BE DANGEROUS:" People who drink alcohol are up to four times more likely than non-drinke

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.

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