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The Quick 10: 10 Famous Elephants

Stacy Conradt

Who knew there were so many historical elephants? I was aware of Dumbo (fiction, I know), and I was aware of Jumbo (P.T. Barnum's famous elephant), but they are just the tip of the iceberg.

7 Things I learned reading North Korea's newspaper

David Holzel

The Japanese are reporting that Kim il Jong has been dead since 2003.

What's the Deal With Jerry Seinfeld's Microsoft Ad?

Diana Wolf

The ad world is all abuzz about the new Microsoft Windows commercial featuring Jerry Seinfeld and Bill Gates. It's a bit hokey, rather long, and, well, it just doesn't make any sense.

How Cereal Transformed American Culture

the mag

by Ian Lender More than a century ago, Christian fundamentalists invented cereal to promote a healthy lifestyle free of sin.

Thrown for a Loop: Sample-Crazed Acoustic Rockers

Ransom Riggs

What's a loop?

6 Utterly Loyal Dogs

Miss Cellania

Faithful, loyal, devoted, steadfast—that's a good dog. It's part of what they are. Here are six who give a new meaning to the word loyalty. 1.

Brain Game: Alphabet Soup

What (specifically) do these eight letters have in common, and with that in mind, what's the only other letter of the alphabet that should appear in this list? O, P, S, U, V, W, X, Z

How to spy on your next date: 5 Sites that'll help you sleuth

David K. Israel


Morning Cup of Links: Water Bears in Space!

Miss Cellania

Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia was designed to make prisoners penitent and to encourage their reform -a novel idea in those days.

Does Exposure to Powerful Women Reduce Prejudice?

Diana Wolf

"In July 2006, women accounted for just under 17% of parliamentarians worldwide.

8 Vaguely Named Professions: Explained!

Jenn Grabenstetter

"What is it that you do, exactly?" You asked, we answered. We dug deep to find the dirt on a few of the most vaguely named and/or unknown professions in our American capitalist system.

The Quick 10: 10 Secret Service Codenames

Stacy Conradt

It's common knowledge that the Presidents of the United States and their families have code names used by the Secret Service.

Today's Word Origin: Maverick

Jason English

The latest McCain/Palin ad ends with the words "The Original Mavericks" on screen.

7 Songs That Show Off Flangers & Phasers

David K. Israel

All this month I'll be looking at some of the more popular audio signal processing effects out there, which I'm sure you'll recognize from some of the most successful songs ever recorde

Droppin' Science: The World's Nerdiest Rap Songs

Ransom Riggs

Yo yo, check ya headz an' sharpen ya pencil leadz 'cuz MC _floss is in da blog! (Ahem.) So what makes a rap song nerdy, other than (as demonstrated above) the nerdiness of the rapper?