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3 Animals (Other Than Birds) That Mimic Human Speech

Everyone knows that parrots can mimic human speech. So can a few other birds, including ravens and starlings. But it’s not just birds that speak up. Here are a few less obvious examples of animals that have learned to sound like people. 1. Asian Elephant At least one elephant is using his trunk for more than just [...]

Gamecocks Honor Military Family

(YouTube link) This past Saturday, the University of South Carolina beat Georgia, but the football game will be remembered for something completely different. A message from Sergeant First Class Scott Faile, stationed in South Korea, was relayed to his South Carolina wife and kids via the stadium’s giant video screen. The sound on the video is [...]

Fashion Trend: The Face-Kini

This woman isn’t a superhero with a low budget. She’s a swimmer in China, the epicenter of this latest fashion craze. The face-kini is basically a ski mask made of light fabric that protects a person from the sun: Often paired with a long-sleeved shirt, the face-kini reportedly costs from $2.40 to $4; many residents simply [...]

Gangnam Style

Move over, Macarena. Here comes a new dance craze that’s sweeping the world. Coming from South Korea, here’s Gangnam Style by K-Pop musician Jae-Sang Park or "PSY." The song is in Korean, but I trust that [...]

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 [...]

7 Political Disagreements Settled With Fists and Hair-Pulling

Getty Images Anyone with even a fleeting relationship to political news these days has probably noticed that partisan bickering in the U.S. Congress has reached a bit of a crescendo of late. So we got to thinking: When do politicians just give up on the vitriolic rhetoric and throw a punch? The answer: more often than you’d [...]

What Do Olympians Eat? 5 Crazy Training Diets

Back in 2008, during the Beijing Olympics, we were regaled with stories about the monstrous 12,000 calorie daily diet that American swimming sensation Michael Phelps consumed while gearing up for the Games. Alas, Phelps revealed last month his diet has never been that gargantuan. “I never ate that much,” he said. “It’s all a myth. [...]

License To Trim

Bang! You’re … fabulous! Juergen of For 91 Days blog took some neat photos of the streets of Daeyeon Dong, Busan in South Korea, featuring this hairdresser shop that’s to "dye" for: Link – [...]