Puppies celebrate Valentine’s Day too – in fact, three percent of pet owners buy Valentine’s gifts for their pet. May we suggest... READ ON
Surely you recognize the classic picture of Lincoln seen on the left, but did you know it is actually an early example of political photo manipulation? The image was originally Southern politician John Calhoun and Lincoln’s head was added to the image along with the words “union,” “constitution,” and “proclamation of freedom” in place of the original words in the photo, “the sovereignty of the states,” “strict constitution,” and “free trade.”
This great WebUrbanist article has... READ ON
On Fridays, I post a series of unrelated questions meant to spark conversation in the comments. Answer one, answer all, respond to someone else’s reply, whatever you want. On to this week’s topics of discussion…
1. A few weeks ago we talked about rewatchable movies—films you’ll watch again and again on cable or DVD. But what about movies you saw in theaters and couldn’t wait for home video to see again? What movies did you see multiple times in theaters? (Do you remember what made you want to... READ ON
Woman Arrested for Stealing Trash
Take heed: dumpster diving can get you arrested. A 21-year-old woman took some potato waffles, pies, and ham that had been discarded from Tesco Express in Great Baddow, Essex, England. She wasn’t the only one, as dozens of people helped themselves to groceries that had been set out after a power outage left the food unfit for sale. But Sasha Hall was arrested at her home later on charges of “theft by finding” of £200 worth of food. The police took her to the station... READ ON
Sure the Grand Canyon, The Carlsbad Caverns and Mount Fuji are stunning, but if you’re looking for something a little more off the beaten path, then check out these 10 Geological Wonders You Didn’t Know About. If that’s still not enough for you, how about Another 10 Geological Wonders You Didn’t Know About?
Take, for example, Nevada’s Fly Geyser seen above. While it’s undoubtedly stunning, there’s a good reason you haven’t heard of it. The geyser is on private property and can only be... READ ON
It’s the Friday Free-for-All here at Brain Game Central. Today’s challenge involves two former Commanders-in-Chief. Good luck!
What two U.S. presidents’ full names were
identical except for three letters?
Here is... READ ON
When you think of nuclear test sites, remote Pacific islands and desert wastelands come to mind. Not many people think of Hattiesburg, MIssissippi — but the United States carried out two nuclear tests in a little town just outside that city in 1964, in an operation that went by the reassuring-to-no-one moniker Project Dribble. No one saw any mushroom clouds, though, because the two nukes they tested were detonated underground, in a 3,000-foot-deep shaft drilled into a reservoir of ancient salt called... READ ON
It’s been a year now since Conan O’Brien left The Tonight Show to avoid being pushed around by Jay Leno. Here’s the story of how the internet rallied around him while he waited to get back on TV. (via The Daily What)
You thought he would never have a girlfriend, but you see you were wrong. The Cereal Guy meme generates more laughs than you would expect.
A Brief History of Historically Incorrect Oscar Winners. Now that I’ve learned the truth and seen the clips, I want to go back and watch about... READ ON
Y'all see that Bush was caught using the S-word today? (I'm using y'all since I know mental_floss started in Bama).
My personal favorite cussing by a public figure is Gen. Patton's obscenity-laced speech. It's crazy. The movie with George C Scott cleaned it up beyond... READ ON
Sometimes we at mental_floss make mistakes, or just don't get all the facts. Over at the magazine we call "˜em "mental flaws." Whelp, here now is, perhaps, our first mental flog (that would be a blogging flaw):
Yesterday I pontificated thusly: "Not sure how one can pinpoint the exact 50-year anniversary of our illustrious Interstate system, but today seems to be the day."
Insert foot in keyboard, as we skip to today where I luckily discovered this fact via The... READ ON
Not sure how one can pinpoint the exact 50-year anniversary of our illustrious Interstate system, but today seems to be the day. The ARTBA Transportation Development Foundation is hosting a gala, black-tie event down in D.C. tonight that will honor everyone from equipment manufacturers and labor organizations to state transportation departments.
Headliners will be Colin Powel and Willard Scott, two people I don't think I've ever seen in the same room together.
It may be too late to buy... READ ON
If you were thinking of taking a nice road trip this weekend, perhaps to enjoy the good weather or to forget briefly that your life is little more than a neverending series of disappointments, one word of advice: stay away from Sikeston, Missouri. It is a DEN OF BLOOD. The reason: a monkey named Alex. He has terrorized Sikestonians for too long, eating shirts of the young and attacking even when unprovoked. In short, Alex is an angry little monkey.
And Alex is not alone. Monkeys, chimps, and simeans of... READ ON
Â With all the official reasons having been pretty well ruled out by now, here's a new one: WE WENT IN TO TEACH PEOPLE HOW TO CELEBRATE GOOD NEWS PROPERLY. Because, really, the Iraqi people gotta stop shooting guns in the air when something goes right. I'm as happy as the next dude that we don't have Abu Musab al-Zarqawi practicing an obscene version of Islam and calling for American heads anymore, but the shooting at the sky bit's gotta stop. Iraqi people, if you're reading, you know those things come... READ ON
I notice that some people seem annoyed that Britney Spears is breeding again.
Let me just say a couple of words in her defense. First, as far as we know, she's never eaten her young, which already puts her ahead of rats, hamsters and some subspecies of rabbits. Second, she's a better mom than many other people. Like, um, let's see. Yes, here we go: The Witch of Endor, a sorceress in the Old Testament who, legend has it, made black magic potions from the fat of her own son. (Important pop culture factoid:... READ ON
My tastes are simple. I like $300 jeans and William Gaddis novels and the cuisine of Ferran Adria. But most of all, I like it when ex-athletes get ripped up drunk and embarrass themselves in front of a national audience.
The latest victim: Rick Sutcliffe, 1979 Rookie of the Year and 1984 Cy Young Award winner. (Since I don't know how to hyperlink yet, here's the audio: http://images.gaslampball.com/images/admin/sutcliffe.mp3) Anyway, both Rick and his beard... READ ON
The most shoplifted food item in the U.S. is candy.