The octopus: 11 freaky facts

Easily the most bizarre creature in the sea, the humble octopus is a cephalopod of many talents, with DNA like that of no other animal (described by one scientist as looking as though it had been rearranged in a blender). An octopus also holds the record for longest brood period of any creature, with one... Continue Reading →


e=mc2? Big Deal…. We Want to Know About His Report Card

An often-repeated legend tells of Albert Einstein struggling so hard with math and physics that he failed his college entrance exams. In reality, Einstein excelled in both subjects. One possible reason for this urban legend is the fact that Einstein's school changed its grading system part-way through his tenure as a student. Where a "1"... Continue Reading →

Take Some Mummy Powder, A Few Drops of Gladiator Blood, and Call Me in the Morning

Mellified Man: Take one male volunteer aged 70 or 80, and bathe him and feed him with nothing but honey. Upon his death (usually within a month), seal him in a coffin filled with honey. Age for 100 years, then break the seals. The recipe for mellified man, a confection could allegedly treat broken and... Continue Reading →

First Make People Laugh; Then Make Them Think

The "Ig Nobel Prizes" are a parody of the Nobel Prizes and are given each year for achievements that "first make people laugh, and then make them think". They are presented by a group that includes genuine Nobel Laureates. Those who receive the award get the opportunity in a ceremony to explain their achievements. If... Continue Reading →

Genetics to Blame for a Famous Feud?

A rare medical condition may be partly to blame for the violent feud between the Hatfields and the McCoys. The feud is the most-celebrated rivalry between two families. Between the years 1863 and 1891 violence between the two families resulted in at least a dozen deaths and many judicial proceedings, including a ruling by the... Continue Reading →

Flavorful Physics

Quarks are elementary particles that combine to form atomic particles. They were theorized by Murray Gell-Mann and George Zweig in 1964. Originally they were pronounced "kwork" by Gell-Mann. He settled on the spelling of the particle when he read a verse in James Joyce's Finnegan's Wake: “Three quarks for Muster Mark! Sure he has not... Continue Reading →

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