Contest: The Pepsi (and Coke) Recipe Challenge


An Indian court has demanded that Coke and Pepsi hand over their secret recipes or else face a nationwide ban: Coca-Cola's original recipe, according to company policy, is kept in a bank vault i

The "anti-stupidity" pill

Will Pearson

A German scientist claims to have tested an "anti-stupidity" pill on mice and fruit flies and has seen "encouraging results," according to a Reuters article. I have a hard time

As Seen on TV: Real Winners!

David K. Israel

Had our whacky Reality TV show contest been for a series with the punniest title, we'd certainly have to give it up for David, whose "American Idyll" show earned a hearty guffaw.

Mac vs PC: The Showdown

David K. Israel

A story in The Economist last week dropped the following facts in its lead paragraph to set the stage for an interesting article: "Endless Love" by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie was at the

Hail to the conquering hero!


After great consideration and furrowing of brows, we are proud to announce the winner(s) of our stupid-sports contest.

Weekend Word Wrap: mondegreens

David K. Israel

Today's edition of the Weekend Word Wrap is on mondegreens. Long before I ever knew what a mondegreen was, I used to think the lyrics of David Bowie's "Suffragette City" went l

Wikipedia, now serving K-12 and over


Mango wrote earlier about One Laptop Per Child; now, apparently, Wikimedia (parent of Wikipedia) has gotten involved: A few minutes ago here at the Wikimania conference, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales

The Week in Review: High-ku style


And now, presenting the highlights from this week's blog, in haiku form because we're just that geeky. (Next week it'll be a

Watercooler Ammo: Talladega-tastic


Proving that mocking Southerners is like shooting chitlins in a barrel, Will Ferrell's new flick "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby" is opening today to good reviews.

Frankenfish created to detect pollution

Mangesh Hattikudur

According to the New Scientist Inventions blog (one of my new favorite web hangouts), the National Institute of Environmental Health Services is attempting to create fish that'll light up like fi

Kids, put on your robot suits before you go outside!

Mangesh Hattikudur

In my continued search to bring you things that 10-year old boys are interested in, I present to you the robot suit.

The Punctuating Panda

David K. Israel

We know it's Friday, and you're gearing up for a fun weekend.

Rubber Bandits

Mangesh Hattikudur

According to Backyard Artillery, this insane, hand-crafted rubber band gun is the only "fully automatic machine gun that's legal in all 50 states!" And while it probably won't be

The Greatest


A few weeks ago one of our readers referred to this as a "blog about facts," which I have adopted as an unofficial motto.

Madame Mathematics


With all the beer and sports around here (just 10 more hours left to enter our contest!), it's getting a little testosterone-y.