1. Mental Floss:
From the funny bit of description on their website, “Mental Floss magazine is an intelligent read, but not too intelligent. We’re the sort of intelligent that you hang out with for a while, enjoy our company, laugh a little, smile a lot and then we part ways. Great times. And you only realize how much you learned from us after a little while. Like a couple days later when you’re impressing your friends with all these intriguing facts and things you picked up from us, and they ask you how you know so much, and you think back on that great afternoon you spent with us and you smile.
And then you lie and say you read a lot.”
Mental Floss presents possibly mundane trivia and facts in the most interesting and humorous way possible. They will also provide you with a daily fix of quizzes, tests, bits of information you should know about from around the interwebz, things you didn’t notice when you saw that movie, what’s the latest in architecture, technology, design, television, science and much more awesome-ness.
2. Atlas Obscura
Atlas Obscura is the definitive guide to the world’s wondrous and curious places. In an age where everything seems to have been explored and there is nothing new to be found, they claim to celebrate a different way of looking at the world. If you’re searching for miniature cities,glass flowers, books bound in human skin, gigantic flaming holes in the ground, bone churches, balancing pagodas, or homes built entirely out of paper, the atlas obscura is where you’ll find them.
3. TED Talks
TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.
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5. Brian Solis
Brian Solis is a principal analyst at Altimeter Group. He is also an award-winning author, prominent blogger, and keynote speaker. A digital analyst, anthropologist, and futurist, Solis has studied and influenced the effects of emerging technology on business, marketing, and culture. His research and his books help executives, and also everyday people, better understand the relationship between the evolution of technology and its impact on business and society and also the role we each play in it. As a result of his work, Solis also helps leading brands, celebrities, and startups develop new digital transformation and new media strategies and that enable businesses to adapt to new connected markets from the inside out.
6. Maria Popova:
Maria Popova is a reader, writer, and founder of Brain Pickings, who has previously worked for Wired UK, The Atlantic, The New York Times, and Harvard’s Nieman Journalism Lab, among others, and an MIT Futures of Entertainment Fellow. Brain Pickings started out in 2007 as a newsletter, and now happens to be one of the most popular blogs on the internet, that consists of a variety of written content, illustrations, cultural topics such as current events and history, literary references, music and much, much more. If you need another reason to keep track of her, then consider this: In 2012, she as recognized as ‘The 140 Best Twitter Feeds’of the year by The Time Magazine.
7. OMG Facts
In January 2010, Spartz launched OMG Facts. In 2012, OMG-Facts.com received 30 million monthly page views, and had 500,000 subscribers on YouTube.
They’re turning virality into a science. They write interesting verified facts about famous personalities, animals, technology, sports, science, etc.
8. Random Facts:
A collection of interesting facts and historical trivia about a variety of fun topics. RandomHistory.com was created by a team of history enthusiasts dedicated to providing the Web’s best selection of history and facts on random topics. They believe in advancing the place of history on the Internet and strive to fulfill this purpose. Each of their professionally trained writers and editors holds a Bachelor’s degree in at least one of the following fields: English, history, journalism, or literature. Many of them have even earned advanced degrees. Every history is carefully evaluated for accuracy and veracity and contains proper citations and references.
At CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, physicists and engineers are probing the fundamental structure of the universe. They use the world’s largest and most complex scientific instruments to study the basic constituents of matter – the fundamental particles. The particles are made to collide together at close to the speed of light. The process gives the physicists clues about how the particles interact, and provides insights into the fundamental laws of nature.
10. Deepak Chopra
Deepak Chopra is an Indian-born American author and public speaker. He is an alternative medicine advocate and a promoter of popular forms of spirituality, who has been described by the New York Times as a “controversial New-Age guru”.Through his books and videos, he has become one of the best-known and wealthiest figures in the holistic-health movement.
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