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Look Who’s Coming to Breakfast!

There are only a few hundred Rothschild giraffes alive today. Several of them live at Giraffe Manor, a resort in Kenya. There, guests can get a close look at them–and vice versa. The resident giraffes are comfortable sticking their heads through open windows to see what guests are doing. You can view more photos of [...]

The Late Movies: 6 Important Lessons Learned From Bill Nye

The walls of educational heaven are lined with photos of the best teachers: Miss Frizzle. Mr. Wizard. And Bill Nye, the Science Guy. Nye, who turns 57 years young today, taught children the basics of science on his popular television show. For me, his lessons often stuck more than those I learned in schools. Here, [...]

Vintage Superheroes and Villains

Today’s superheroes aren’t that bad. But they aren’t like the superheroes of the past. No movie deals, no merchandizing–just work. The historic company Foto Marvellini, now operated by descendants of the original owners, has opened up its archive. Much of it consists of the first photographs of classic superheroes including Spider-Man, Batman and Wolverine. Gallery and [...]

On Remembrance Day

The guns fell silent 94 years ago today. The long nightmare that was the First World War was over. Artist Rachel Holding marked the occasion by making this wreath out of toy soldiers and a single plastic poppy. Link -via Nag on the Lake

The iPod’s 4,000-Pound Grandfather

What’s the gadget that automatically plays all kinds of music from different instruments in one package? Today that would be an iPod, or 50 years ago, it would be a jukebox. But before electronics, you’d be talking about an orchestrion, which could be up to twelve feet tall -or wide- and weigh up to two [...]

Happy Birthday, Bob Ross!

If he were alive, TV painter Bob Ross would have turned 70 years old today. In honor of the occasion, mental_floss is dedicating their Lunchtime Quiz to the artist and his happy little trees. How much do you know about Bob Ross? Take the quiz and find out! Link

He Did It! Daredevil Free Falls 24.2 Miles Down to the Earth

Today, Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner jumped out of a capsule 24.2 miles above New Mexico. He successfully broke the world record for surviving the highest free fall with a parachute: It took 10 minutes for him to reach the desert surface below. Only the last few thousand feet were negotiated by parachute. Helicopter recovery teams have gone to [...]

Ladybug Day

(YouTube link) Teacher and numbers geek Ron Gordon tells me today is Ladybug Day! Gordon finds fun patterns in dates, and today is 10-11-12 (as we write it in the U.S.). The name was inspired by the above song from Sesame Street. The dates corresponding to the first, second, and third lines of the song have [...]

Canadian Thanksgiving Cakes

To mark the occasion of Thanksgiving, as it is celebrated in Canada today, Cake Wrecks takes a critical look at the difference between Canadian turkeys and U.S. turkeys. Of course, the comparison is done with cakes. First and foremost, Canadian turkeys carry all their tail feathers on their heads. With plenty of photographic evidence. Link

Popcorn on the Cob

This exists. I had no idea! Until today this culinary marvel had escaped my attention. Apparently, you can buy cobs prepared for microwaving or you can make your own by cooking Indian corn inside a paper bag. Now I have to try it. Link