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  • 24 August 2008: The 2008 Olympics concluded today in Beijing with the U.S. edging China in total medals won, but China ruled in total gold medals. The results could have been drastically different; if the former Soviet Union did not dissolve into 15 separate countries, it would have dominated the overall medal count.
  • 25 May 2008: At the end of last year, we conducted an experiment where we allowed wiseGEEK visitors to comment on articles on the site. The experiment was a great success, and now we are getting thousands and thousands of insightful comments from users like you. You can see our discussions by scrolling to the bottom of any article page, or you browse through our list of the most recent wiseGEEK discussion posts. If you have something to add to any discussion, we welcome and appreciate your contributions!
  • 23 April 2008: We have arranged some special collections of articles that are subsets of our regular categories.
  • 17 February 2008: We have just posted an article that confirms that the US Border Patrol (a division of the Department of Homeland Security) has recruited Border Patrol agents with ads in a hunting magazine. This isn't about hunting, and its not about recruiting Border Agents; this is notable because some people think that a hunting magazine is an inappropriate outlet for recruiting for this type of job.
  • 19 July 2007: The CocaCola Company owns cocacola.com and McDonalds Corp owns mcdonalds.com - we wanted to see if all professional sports teams own the domains for their team names. The results are pretty surprising, especially the differences in domain ownership between leagues.
  • 16 July 2007: We just added a special guide on how to get the most out of an all-you-can-eat buffet.
  • 6 June 2007: With our easy movie review tool, you can compare your personal movie reviews with the movie reviews of some of the most prolific critics. You’ll quickly know who's reviews to trust so you can easily find the movies you will love.
  • 8 May 2007: Why do gas prices end with 9/10ths of a cent? The extra money earned because of this technique is surprising. What would happen if gas prices were quietly increased to 99/100ths of a cent?
  • 27 April 2007: If you ever need to determine the average color in a photograph, simply upload your image into our Average Color Tool.
  • 26 April 2007: Our analysis of whether fruit-sellers really do put the best looking fruit on top.
  • 23 April 2007: If you ever try using Digg.com and discover that it is a little slow, try our Digg Navigation Firefox Extension.
  • 17 April 2007: We have just posted a list of 30 tips to make your offline life a little easier.
  • 7 April 2007: Tax season has us thinking about taxes. Aside from the complexity, one of the annoying things about making the payment is that the money gets lumped into the general fund, and you can't know exactly where it will be spent. With Personal Tax Earmarking, you would be able to earmark specific parts of the budget so you knew specifically where your money would be spent.
  • 16 January 2007: We love air hockey, but we wanted to see how the game would work if it was played on real ice. Building the table was rather easy and the results were surprising. We also provide instructions so you can build a table ice hockey game yourself.