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The Making of How Did You Know?

David K. Israel

Many of you hardcore HDYK? gamers have asked for a post like this in the past.

No Bull (well, one): 7 Historical Cow Tales

Miss Cellania

There were 94.5 million head of cattle in the US in 2009.

Crazy Video: Super-Hydrophobic Substances

Chris Higgins

Today's weird science: Dr. Neil Shirtcliffe shows off substances that repel water in very surprising ways.

Brain Game: Summer's Here

It's far too early to tell if this season will be warmer than most summers, but it's off to a good start, at least here in Michigan. By changing one letter at a time to form different Eng

Morning Cup of Links: DIY Eugenics

Miss Cellania

A beloved and successful racehorse dies under mysterious circumstances. After 78 years, science finds that it was, indeed, equicide. * Moonage Daydream: The Rock Album as Science Fiction.

My Favorite Planet is Named After A Child-Eating Cannibal

Ransom Riggs

I was unaware of the dark side of the myth of Saturn (AKA Titan Chronus in Greek mythology) until I ran across a post on Atlas Obscura about a disturbing fountain in the middle of Bern, Switzerland.

The Late Movies: Complaint Choirs

Chris Higgins

A "Complaints Choir" is a community project in which people sing their complaints, generally about local issues -- transit, weather, and politics seem to make it into every choir's song

Buy Your (Potential) Dream Home

Colin Patrick

As a child I often imagined my dream home and what sorts of mind-blowingly sweet (not a word I use now) amenities it would feature.

Got Talent?

David K. Israel

Can you lick your elbow? Can you belch a Lady Gaga song or juggle forks while doing acrobatics?

Happy Belated Captain Picard Day!

Chris Higgins

I'm embarrassed to admit that I missed this year's Captain Picard Day -- it was one week ago today, on June 16.

Wednesday Words: the origins of some well-known words and phrases

David K. Israel

I once had the good fortune of visiting with Lauren Bacall in her apartment in NYC.

Our Favorite Vampires

Miss Cellania

To celebrate our new "Team Edvard" shirt, we're re-running some of our favorite vampire stories this week.

A Brief and Incomplete Scouting Report on Algeria

Ethan Trex

With the U.S.-Algeria World Cup clash looming, we thought we'd take a few minutes to find some interesting facts about the North African nation.

At the Libraries: Your Weekly Round-Up

Miss Kathleen

Every Wednesday, Miss Kathleen provides links to a variety of things happening at libraries across the country. If there's something fun going on in your local library this week, leave us a

Brain Game: Glorious Rug Pies

Here are 12 anagrams with related solutions. If you solve one or two of them, you'll learn the theme, and the rest will likely come easier.

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