You know how the best teachers share things you never forget? Factoids and tidbits from around the world, touching on all areas of learning? Noodlings is like that. Here you'll find snapshots of information that will transform the way you think — or just make you curious to learn more. Follow this page to receive updates when new posts go live!

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  • Windmills in Malawi

    When William Kamkwamba was 14, he built a windmill in Malawi to generate electricity and pump water for his family. Now he's a Dartmouth grad inspiring thousands of innovators.

  • Lost & Found: Angelino Heights

    Learn the story behind an unexpected architectural style in one California micro-neighborhood that has bloomed and withered several times in its century-old life.

  • Accessorizing Engineers

    Find out one thing that most engineers have in common — it’s not what you think.

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  • Bee Speak and Shimmy

    Find out about the elaborate and surprising language of bees, which relay complex message in an unexpected form: dance.

  • In Japanese Schools, Kids Do the Cleaning

    Did you know that most schools in Japan don't employ janitors or custodians? Read on to learn more about this practice, plus more information on education in Japan.

  • Elsa Schiaparelli’s Surrealism

    How did famous fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli find her inspiration? Find out how the surrealist movement lent ideas to haute couture that would change our conception of daily wear forever.

  • Practical Education in the Common Schools

    The concern over what public schools should teach is nothing new. An editorial from 1882 argues that schools should prepare students for "any calling in life."

  • James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake Is One of the Strangest Books of All Time

    Finnegans Wake — with its multilingual puns, geometric diagrams, and hundred-letter words — isn't your average novel. Learn more about James Joyce's last book.

  • Learning to Love the New York City Subway Again

    The New York City subway system is one of the oldest in the world. Learn more about its past and how it stays in service with some of the original equipment.

  • Cowardly Beyond Measure: Wittgenstein As Educator

    Though he has figured prominently in the educations of many, the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein was a failed educator himself. The Haidbauer Incident helps explain why.

  • Germans: Creators (and Disposers) of Christmas Trees

    The German people are credited by historians with being the first to popularize indoor Christmas trees. But they also get rid of them in an interesting way, too.

  • Star Wars Goes to School

    Star Wars in school — it sounds too good to be true, but it's not. Learn more how educators are using the sci-fi franchise to teach students real-world lessons.

  • The Star Wars Ministry of Education and Edutopia

    Later authors invented a Ministry of Education in George Lucas’s Star Wars universe. But how does that match up to the creator’s own vision of what education should look like?

  • Bees, Bugs, and Babies

    In the early 20th century, the United States Postal Service had some very special deliveries — babies! Read on to find out about how many stamps it took to send a baby through the mail.