THE KNOWLEDGE FEED

The weird world of body modification

Ransom Riggs

Seeing Apocalypto and its cast of dentally-bejeweled and cranially-reshaped Mayans got me thinking about body modification nowadays -- how far have we come since then?

From the Archives: Picasso's nude(s)

Mary

Today's second archival tidbit comes from our world famous Swimsuit Issue (volume 2, issue 5): Picasso sometimes painted in the nude and left his door open so that the women in his boarding ho

They like You, they really like You

Ransom Riggs

Critiquing Time Magazine's "Person of the Year" choice has been an annual sport since the feature began in 1927.

From the Archives: We come in "shalom"

Mary

We've been enjoying this "archival tidbit" thing a lot. (Less work for us! More facts for you!

These boots were made for vacuuming

Mangesh Hattikudur

Word on the 'net is that Electrolux is busy making houseshoes that double as vacuum cleaners...

The Lord's Player

Mangesh Hattikudur

Normally I don't post ads, but this one from Nintendo made me grin.

Religious pareidolia quiz

Ransom Riggs

Religious pareidolia: the perception of religious-icon-shaped patterns where none were intended.

Song-stumper

David K. Israel

I thought I'd try a different format for the old stumper feature. Today you'll be filling in the blanks, finishing sentences in this classic song lyric.

Armchair Field Trip to Grenada: Chocolate!!!

Mary

Oh, God bless the Grenada Chocolate Company, makers of the world's best organic dark chocolate (the Guardian agrees with me on this).

Presents for the young at heart

Mary

Still having trouble finding the perfect holiday gifts? Well, I already told you what I want, but I'm sure anyone on your list would be happy to have these goodies from Perpetual

From the Archives: Do you think their palms were clammy?

Mary

Today's archival tidbit comes from Condensed Knowledge: Scientist Peter Fong decided to dope up his research subjects "“ fingernail clams "“ by putting them on Prozac, which decrease

World's tallest man saves dolphins

Ransom Riggs

This guy really wants to be blogged about. Well, I'll bite -- the pictures are hard to resist!

This just in: celebrities are narcissistic

Ransom Riggs

Stop the presses, right? Sure, most people assume that celebrities are more narcissistic than regular people. Until recently, however, we didn't have a study to prove it.

Weekend Word Wrap: The development of American English

David K. Israel

I'd like to start this post by taking a breath so that we might all reflect on the last 6 months; just to note our blog's development and allow ourselves to take it in, to feel ever so sligh

Oh Tanenbaum Poster, Oh Tanenbaum Poster!

Mangesh Hattikudur

If you're cheap, lazy or simply don't have any need for the fragrance of evergreens in your living room, but you're eager to get your place looking festive, then this 2-dimensional Chri

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