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Who Invented the Knuckleball?

RAY STUBBLEBINE/Reuters/Landov New York Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey, the only active major leaguer who throws a knuckleball, hasn’t allowed an earned run in 42 2/3 innings and recently became the first pitcher since 1988 to throw back-to-back one-hitters. The 37-year-old, who looks to continue his mastery of opposing hitters on Sunday against the Yankees, is reinventing [...]

The Company That Quietly Knows Everything About You

Photo: Justin Bolle/The NY Times You probably have never heard of Axciom, but it has heard of you. Actually, not only has it heard of you, it knows all about you: It knows who you [...]

The mental_floss Guide to the NCAAs (The Southeast)

We may not be much help in filling out your bracket. But throughout this week we’re going to bring you a _flossy take on March Madness: one interesting fact about each of the 68 teams in the tournament field. Tonight we’re tackling the Southeast region. (1) Pittsburgh graduated its first female students in 1898. Sisters Margaret [...]

Thousands of Birds and Fish Drop Dead in Arkansas on New Year

New York City may have had the glitziest ball drop to ring in the New Year, but Beebe, Arkansas, took the cake in the weird department: shortly before midnight, thousands of blackbirds began dropping dead out of the sky! Around 11 that night, thousands of red-winged blackbirds began falling out of the sky over this small [...]

Origins of SEC School Nicknames

Top-ranked Alabama visits Arkansas on Saturday for a heated Southeastern Conference football battle between two schools with a couple of the more unique nicknames in college sports—Crimson Tide and Razorbacks. Here are the origins of the nicknames for all 12 teams in the conference, including Commodores, Volunteers, and pairs of Bulldogs and Tigers. Alabama Crimson Tide Hugh [...]

Shadow Play

LinkScroll down for today’s pictures & links. Shadow Play Ingenious and very tasteful Christmas advert for the Solaria Plaza in Fukuoka City, Japan. url Today’s pictures & links: Tsunami of Fog (image credit: Agus Sutanto) Another somewhat chilling image of storm clouds, often called “the cloud roll”: (original unknown) ———— Crazy About You (original unknown) ———— Dramatic Sculptures The frightened one: (image credit: Anjelicek, seen in Vienna, Austria) The love-sick pair: (image [...]