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Elephant learns how to speak Korean

An elephant in Korea has learned how to imitate human speech with words such as ‘hello’ and ‘good’. The feat is all the more remarkable because elepha…

Ig® Nobel Limericks: World’s End, Sheep-Dragging, Robber Trap

Ig Nobel Achievements distilled into limerick formby Martin Eiger, Improbable Research Limerick Laureate The Ig Nobel Prizes honor achievements that first make people laugh, then make them think. For details of all the Ig Nobel Prize–winning achievements, see each year’s special Ig Nobel issue of the magazine, and also see the website. 2011 Ig Nobel Mathematics Prize The [...]

Pushed to the Limit

In 1952, Air Force Captain James Robinson Risner and his wingman 1st Lieutenant Joe Logan chased enemy MiGs across Korea into Chinese territory. After the battle, Logan’s plane was disabled and leaking oil and fuel. Instead of bailing out to be captured, Risner used his plane to push Logan’s plane along! With jet acedom and hours [...]

Gangnam Style is Actually Subversive

We’ve told you about the South Korean viral hit Gangnam Style by K-Pop musician Park Jae-Sang. The song with the silly "let’s ride an invisible horse" dance move actually belies a subversive message. Max Fisher [...]

Naughty Korea and Nice Korea

Australian newspaper The Mx printed a chart of Olympic medal standings by country. The countries of North Korea and South Korea were called “Naughty Korea” and “Nice Korea.” If you don’t know which is which, then you’ll need to find another source for medal standings. Link

Niche Blogs for the Dog Days of August

Are you tired of the Olympics already? Are you tired of U.S. presidential election news? Are you bogged down with back-to-school preparations? The maybe you need some lighthearted distraction! Of course, you’ll always find interesting and informative posts at mental_floss, but in addition, here are some wacky and oddly specific blogs that might bring you [...]

Olympic Uniforms for the 2012 Opening Ceremonies

When the London Olympics open on July 27th, the Parade of Nations will be our introduction to the 2012 athletes. What each team wears to the Opening Ceremonies is the stuff of much conjecture, drama, pride, gossip, and criticism. Let’s see what some of the teams will be wearing. Ralph Lauren Yesterday, Ralph Lauren unveiled the [...]

Rubber Bands Vs. Watermelon

(YouTube Link) How many rubber bands does it take to make a watermelon explode from the pressure? The world may never know…. Oh wait, some guys in Korea already figured that out waaaaay back in 2008 (that’s like the 1950s in blog years), and the answer might come as a surprise. Well, not as surprising as one rubber [...]

The Late Movies: A Sushi’s-Eye View

Kaiten-zushi is better known in the US as “conveyer-belt sushi” or a “sushi train.” Sushi is placed on small plates, and the plates on a conveyer belt that runs around the restaurant. Patrons sit at a bar or in booths along the belt’s path, picking off plates as they go by. Plates [...]

Messing with Mother Nature: Snakeheads

Fish normally occur in three places: in the wild water, in aquariums, and on our dinner plates. But fish can move from one of these worlds to another. Fish imported to eat or to keep as pets sometimes get into the local ecosystem, which is not their native habitat. The population controls of the species’ [...]