THE KNOWLEDGE FEED

Are tall people smarter than short people?

Mangesh Hattikudur

It's a sad fact that tall people make more money than their shorter colleagues.

The blob on the blog: We have a(nother) winner!

Mary

One of the amazing things about our "identify the colorful blob" contest was how many of you wrote in with answers that were technically wrong but scientifically feasible.

Armchair Field Trip: Morbid Portugal

Ransom Riggs

Or, a lover's guide to meditating upon the transitory nature of material possessions in the undeniable presence of

Week in Review: Signs of the End Times

Mary

As you may have heard, scholar Bernard Lewis recently announced in the Wall Street Journal that August 22, 2006 would be the end of the world.

Buy a shirt, save the planet. (No, not our planet.)

Mary

We don't care what the International Astronomical Union thinks -- today, we're taking our cues from Yahoo News (which labeled the link for this Pluto story "http://...planet_mutiny"

Weekend Word Wrap

David K. Israel

Today's Word Wrap keeps on with our tradition of bringing you the hippest, most happening new words being coined, as they're coined...

Plutopia Lost

Jason English

Pluto's no longer a planet, and people are pissed. Worth1000 is helping Plutophiles cope with a "Pluto Must Be Saved" Photoshop contest.

The last blob, and the first winner

Mary

This week's contest has taught me two things about our readers: (a) You are funny. (b) You are smart.

Amis 2.0: He Tries Harder

Mangesh Hattikudur

Today is author Martin Amis' birthday (happy b-day, Martin!). And while I'd love to write something glorifying his life and times, I'm shamefully ignorant on the subject.

China bans lap dances at funerals?!

Mangesh Hattikudur

Reuters is reporting that five people were arrested in Donghai, China on Wednesday for organizing stripteases at funerals.

The few, the proud, the whomever

Ransom Riggs

You see the darndest things while stuck in LA traffic -- like this bus ad.

Snakes on a Plain Toast?

Mangesh Hattikudur

If you thought the grilled cheese sandwich that bore Mary's profile (and then sold on e-Bay for $28,000) was out of this world, check out the best thing to hit sliced bread since, well, sliced br

Nobel Pursuits Redux

David K. Israel

Some time ago, I wrote about the Nobel Prize (highlights include the following trivia: 1.

You Wanna Bet

Jason English

The new New Scientist says gambling is just as addictive as the hardest drugs.

Ode-bituaries

Mary

You're all probably aware by now of my penchant for writing poetry when prose will suffice.

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