Google's Earth Day Doodle is all kinds of wrong

If there's one thing I love more than octopuses, octopodes and octopi (all of which are perfectly acceptable pluralizations of the word octopus, thank you very much), it's pedantry. And good grief, does Phil Plait ever serve up a whopping helping of the stuff in reaction to today's Earth-Day themed Google Doodle. » 4/22/13 12:20pm 4/22/13 12:20pm

This TED-Ed video contains one glaring mistake

Call me anal-retentive, but I find it more than a little ironic that a TED-Ed video about the importance of units, whole number place value, decimal place value, and fractions features an animation of apples being sold for 0.79 cents each (see 00:25). » 5/22/12 3:00pm 5/22/12 3:00pm

The Physics of the Hulk's Jumps

When most people see a movie like The Avengers, they willingly check their disbelief at the box office. Dot Physics' Rhett Allain is not most people. » 5/04/12 2:00pm 5/04/12 2:00pm

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What is the correct pluralization of octopus?

The short answer is that "octopuses," "octopi," and "octopodes" are all fine (or so says Kory Stamper, an Associate Editor at Merriam-Webster). » 3/29/12 3:20pm 3/29/12 3:20pm