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It’s Monday, probably the best day of the week for the Monday Math Square. Good luck!
The nine white squares inside the main red grid should be filled with the digits 1 through 9. Each digit should appear only once in this red grid. Place the digits 1 through 9 in their correct spots so that the mathematical equations are correct both across and down.
Here is my... READ ON
Anything that’s not worth staying up all night for will be on the ‘net the next day anyway. See the complete list of Oscar winners, plus photos and videos at the Academy Awards site.
People who were conceived through anonymous sperm donation are demanding the right to know who their fathers are. How does this understandable desire balance against the donor’s right to privacy?
Lessons in Manliness from the Egyptian Revolution. A participant writes about how the experience changed him for the... READ ON
One subject I come back to again and again is unusual musical instruments. Besides instruments you rarely encounter, people use everyday objects to make music. We also use natural resources to produce melodies. Even information can be converted to music. So of course, when a machine produces more than one type of sound, someone, somewhere will play music with it. Here are some examples of all this machinery making modern music.
The Imperial March
Played by a hard disc drive.
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YES! You can play this challenge/contest without knowing a thing about the weekly hunt! It’s sort of a one-off – a stand-alone if you will. Will you?
Answer the Level 3 bonus-round question correctly and you may win your pick of anything you want from the neatoshop (valued under $25). Ready? Set. GO!
Oh, and don’t forget, even if you’re not the winner, you still need to solve the challenge to compete for next week’s Day 5 final... READ ON
Today’s nerdy must-read: Neal Stephenson on the development of rockets. In the article, Stephenson talks about the surprising confluence of Hitler’s obsession with superweapons, the development of nuclear weapons, and the ensuing Cold War that married the technologies of rockets and bombs — and what this series of historical coincidences teaches us about technological “path dependency” and “lock-in.” In a particularly telling passage, Stephenson writes: “…consider that the modern... READ ON
If you think one flying elephant is impressive, how about 16 of them? Today’s “I’m almost on vacation” post pays tribute to the ride that’s the favorite of kiddies everywhere (but not of Harry Truman): Dumbo the Flying... READ ON
It’s an all-new 5-day trivia hunt!
Co-puzzle Master Josh Halbur and I are happy to bring you the next How Did You Know? sponsored by our friends over at... READ ON
On Presidents’ Day, my wife and I went on The Rachael Ray Show with our two-year-old daughter Charlotte. (We’d posted a video of her here last month after turning her presidential placemat into a Lunchtime Quiz, and it took on a life of its own.)
Charlotte did great, but I inadvertently took a swipe at the Polk administration. Strangers have been emailing me all week to let me hear it.
To make it up to James Knox Polk’s legion of fans, we’re going to run a James K. Polk Trivia Contest! The... READ ON
Taco Bell is named for its founder, Glen Bell.