The disinhibiting and pain-numbing effects of drugs make them perfect for turning people into killing machines. In fact, criminals on PCP have been reported to withstand multiple shocks with Taser guns, pepper spray, and Mace, and even direct gunshot wounds to the chest, without slowing down. It's no wonder that so many generals have relied on drugs to bring out the so-called best in unwitting soldiers.
1. Nazi Shock... READ ON
In case you weren't glued to this site all week, consider this your make-up class. Here's a look back at some of the wonderful topics we've recently covered:
"¢ 7 Pampered Celebrities and their Ridiculous Pre-show Demands
"¢ Manly Ways to Prepare Turkey
"¢ 7 Insane Food Competitions
"¢ Famous Last Words: The Animated Musical
"¢ When Sitcom Stars Start Expecting
"¢ Stuff You Don't Know About Writers You Might
"¢ The Monster of the Andes, The Meanest... READ ON
It's time for a T-shirt sale!
All you have to do is enter the word "shirt" into the discount code, and you'll get 10% off any clever shirt you order. Oh, and be sure to check out the women's cuts... READ ON
The Nathan's Hot Dog"“Eating Contest is only the most famous of all eating contests. And the ones on Fear Factor are only the most contrived. But if you're looking for a lesser-known chow challenge to show off your plate-cleaning prowess, these gastronomic free-for-alls might be just the place to start.
1. Matzo... READ ON
Everyone knows rock and roll is about thrills and excess—we just didn't realize that spirit was supposed to extend to the greenroom buffet. The following are seven very pampered acts that made sure their laundry list of demands got tacked onto their contracts.
1. Van Halen and the Whole M&M's... READ ON
Last week, we discussed notable strikes in American history. Today's topic: notable TV writers. The idea came from newcomer Matthew Smith, who collaborated with mental_floss veterans Stacy, David, Becky and Kara to dig up stories about some of TV's greatest scribes.
1. J.J. Abrams
J.J. Abrams, who is the co-creator, writer, director and executive producer of Lost, has written for some very-unLost-like movies including Armageddon, Taking Care of Business and Forever Young. He also created and wrote for... READ ON
Update: We have a winner...
Today's topic is business. Mangesh has drawn one company's logo on our whiteboard. How prescient are you? The first person to correctly guess wins a free mental_floss t-shirt. Let's go over the rules...
1) This is a complete game of chance, the equivalent of saying "We chose a number between 1 and 1,000,000. Guess." But simply drawing a number would be an insult to Mangesh and his artistic integrity. Today, you're guessing a company. Any... READ ON
We haven't done this in a while, so we're raising the stakes. Mangesh and I invited a special guest artist to draw on our whiteboard. Rather than just draw one element as we've done in the past, our guest artist drew three. To win a free mental_floss t-shirt, all you have to do is correctly guess one of the following subjects, which are all depicted in our guest artist's work:
1) A method of transportation
2) A non-profit organization
3) A five-letter word (Hint: in Scrabble, this word's tile value... READ ON
UPDATE: We've extended our special giveaway through Friday. So, you've got the rest of today to wow us with your candy trivia and win a Gummi Light, mental_floss t-shirt and/or the rest of my Halloween candy (see... READ ON
On Monday, we asked people to help us create a list of places mental_floss magazine is sold. You came through. We also said we'd give away t-shirts to a few lucky contributors.
"¢ We picked a number at random (as you can see on the Post-it Note, #112). Our first winner is the person whose comment number matched. Congrats to Zack, who has seen the mag at Barnes & Noble in Shelby Township, MI.
"¢ Our second winner would have been the person who picked our secret location (we chose The... READ ON
ABBA had to negotiate the rights to their name with a canned fish company.