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In the late 1970s, the Phillies’ mascots were two 18th-century siblings named Philadelphia Phil and Philadelphia Phyllis, but the duo did little to attract families wary of Veterans Stadium's rough-and-tumble image. In an effort to find a more family-friendly mascot, team officials commissioned design firm Harrison/Erickson, who also designed Muppets and the Montreal Expos’ beloved Youppi!, to craft a gentler symbol for the team. Thus, in 1978, six feet of... READ ON
Although it will once again be overshadowed by March Madness, this year's National Invitation Tournament gets rolling tonight. You might not realize it, but the NIT wasn't always an afterthought. Let's take a look at how the New York tourney was eclipsed by the... READ ON
John Cazale passed away on this date in 1978. His brief stay in Hollywood generated one of the more interesting bodies of work in modern... READ ON
In terms of presents and cake, leap day babies can have their pick between February 28 and March 1. But legally, things are a bit murkier in non-leap years. Some federal and state agencies consider February 28 the birthday, so leapers can go ahead and start collecting those sweet, sweet Social Security checks before the calendar flips over. Other agencies take a narrower approach. To get a driver’s license in some states, for instance, February 28 is technically still a day before the birthday, so in... READ ON
© Heiko Wolfraum/dpa/CorbisThe Spring Break season will be here before you know it, and if you’re traveling abroad for a vacation, you’ll get to enjoy the fun and excitement of passing through Customs on your way home. Let’s take a look at a few of the other rules regarding duties and declarations, and see what's up with the duty free shop.What am I supposed to declare to Customs officers?As a general rule, you’re supposed to declare anything you’re bringing back from your trip that... READ ON
If the authorities knock down your door while following procedure to catch you in some nefarious act, you’ll be paying for your own door-fixing contractor. But if the cops burst in by mistake, it becomes a trickier... READ ON
Flipping image via ShutterstockDon't bet on it. In 2004, three statisticians from Stanford and UC Santa Cruz set out to test the classic coin flip. Using a mechanical flipper to ensure identical tosses, they chucked thousands of coins into the air and landed on a surprising conclusion. For a hand-tossed coin, there's a slight bias toward the side it started on landing face up. While the bias only means the coin lands same-side-up 51 percent of the time, that's still a better bet than anything you'll... READ ON
© Rick Friedman/CorbisBecause the state wants it that way!New Hampshire's primaries have informally been the earliest since 1920, but over the years, the state has passed laws to ensure that its primaries will remain the first in the... READ ON
The cover story for the new issue of mental_floss magazine is The Most Important Questions of 2012. To tide you over until you get your hands on a copy, here are 25 very short answers to very big questions.
1. How do South Koreans get kids to stop... READ ON
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After a disappointing performance in the Iowa Caucus, Rick Perry is reassessing his campaign. Some members of her own party are urging Michele Bachmann to call it quits. [Update: He's still in. She's out.] If they do drop out and they're not out of cash, what happens to that money?
One thing's for sure — disappointed candidates can't console themselves by putting the dough toward a new yacht.
The Federal Election Commission has strict rules about what... READ ON
Some cats are allergic to humans.