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THE KNOWLEDGE FEED

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Middle Initials Make You Seem Smarter

Meghan Holohan

George R.R. Martin sure seems smart.

25 Delicious Facts About Lobsters

Erin McCarthy

We cracked open America's favorite crustacean to plate the delicious facts hiding inside. Bob Bayer, head of the University of Maine’s Lobster Institute, helped us out.

Why Did We Invent Pants?

Jessica Hullinger

These days, pants are our garment of choice. But for years, our ancestors draped themselves in tunics, robes, and gowns, until someone decided they were tired of having the wind up their skirt.

A Paralyzed Person Will Kick Off the World Cup

Hannah Keyser

The opening ceremonies will feature an incredible display of neuroscience.

The Most Interesting Comics of the Week

Rich Barrett

11 Early Performances From Famous Female Comics

Colin Patrick

Take a few minutes to laugh today with these early performances from 11 of the most notable female comics around.

11 Modern Retellings of Classic Novels

Kate Erbland

11 Facebook Status Updates Gone Horribly Wrong

Adrienne Crezo

Sometimes Facebook status updates are a little more interesting. And by “interesting,” we mean “criminal.”

The Missing Links: Ideas That Google Owns

Colin Patrick

11 Things You Might Not Know About the International Space Station

David W Brown

We all know what the ISS looks like. Thanks to Gravity, we even know what it looks like when it’s destroyed. But here are 11 things you might not know.

11 World Cup Heroes Who Weren't Full-Time Professional Players

Nick Greene

Slow-Motion Lightning

Chris Higgins

39 Fun Facts About Comedy

Jason English

In this week's episode, John Green delivers some facts about movies, TV shows, and comedians.

11 Tragic Emotions and How to Properly Act Them on Stage (According to an 1889 Guide)

Arika Okrent

Webster Edgerly had developed a system for “the management of the body and its members” that if carefully studied and committed to memory would turn anyone into “the PERFECT ACTOR.” Here are explicit

11 Stores That Used to Sell Unexpected Items

Kate Erbland

It’s no surprise that not every hugely popular retail giant was an instant success, but it may be a little shocking to realize that plenty of well-known stores didn’t even start out selling the stuff

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