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The Late Movies: The Bo Diddley Beat

Matt Soniak

The Bo Diddley beat, counted out as a two-bar phrase, goes a little something like this: "One and two and three and four and one and two and three and four and, etc.," but you might know it

The Quick 10: 10 Smurfy Smurfs Facts

Stacy Conradt

Here at the Quick 10, we're taking a break from our regularly-scheduled Halloween posts to bring you this public service announcement: it was 51 years ago this week that The Smurfs were first int

4 Other Bailouts in American History

Greg Sabin

With all the money being thrown at banks, insurance companies, and car builders, many Americans have soured on the idea of bailouts. However, bailouts themselves are not always bad things.

Tylenol, Tampons & Other Famous Product Recalls

Ethan Trex

Ford just announced it is recalling over 4.5 million vehicles due to a faulty switch that can overheat and catch fire. Of course, cars aren't the only things that get recalled.

Bats Follow Musical Rules When Writing Love Songs

Matt Soniak

Making a mix of love songs for your special someone? Looking for something lively to slip in between Sonny and Cher's "I Got You Babe" and The Temptations' "My Girl"?

The Haunted Plantation

Miss Cellania

The Myrtles Plantation in St. Francisville, Louisiana bills itself as "One of America's Most Haunted Homes".

Brain Game: In the Past

Welcome to the Brain Game, a five-days-a-week feature here on www.mentalfloss.com. By adding one letter at a time (and rearranging the letters as necessary) to form new words, convert the word &quo

Tuesday Turnip

David K. Israel

In case you're not familiar with the Turnip, it's a whimsical Google search, wherein I type a random phrase and we see what kind of interesting pages "turn-up." As always with thi

Morning Cup of Links: Skeletor's Face

Miss Cellania

Van Gogh often added sketches or paintings to his letters, to illustrate what he wrote about.

The Late Movies: Local News Bloopers

Ransom Riggs

With hundreds of local news broadcasts reporting live across the country each day, it's inevitable that there would be all manner of embarrassing flubs caught on tape.

The Quick 10: 10 of America's Most Haunted Cemeteries

Stacy Conradt

I live just across the street from a cemetery, and this time of year it's certainly not hard to creep myself out a little bit when walking the dogs after work - especially in the evening when the

Football Coaches Do the Darndest Things (Like Stage Their Own Deaths)

Bud Shaw

I live in Cleveland, which doesn't seem like a town where a bottle of water could go for $1,701.

4 of History's Greatest Hoaxes

Floss books

The Heene family's Balloon Boy hoax is still lingering in the news this week. Will charges be filed? Is a reality show in the works? Do you really care? We're guessing you don't.

"Symphony of Science - We Are All Connected" (ft. Sagan, Feynman, deGrasse Tyson & Bill Nye)

Chris Higgins

Did you enjoy the auto-tuned "Cosmos" song featuring Carl Sagan and Stephen Hawking? If so, get ready for more science/music awesomeness.

Blow Huge Bubbles With Baby Shampoo

Chris Higgins

I'm not sure whether this counts as a science video or just a "stupid human trick," but either way: did you know that baby shampoo lets you blow huge bubbles from your mouth?

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