J.K. Rowling invented Quidditch in a pub.
There are everyday folks who spend their free time anonymously helping their communities -anonymous because they are costumed superheroes!
Using computers they borrowed from Google, an international team of mathematicians has discovered that every Rubik's Cube can be solved in 20 moves or less.
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If you thought that most people outgrow air guitar by the time they graduate high school, you'd be right...but that doesn't mean everyone matures at the same pace.
Today's Brain Game combines wordplay with celebrity names. We've taken famous folk whose last names begin with "S" and turned that letter into a possessive for the first name.
Sweet Memories: How Jelly Belly Invents Flavors.
In 1979, Steve Martin appeared in his first starring movie role. He played Navin R. Johnson in The Jerk, directed by Carl Reiner.
Every week, Miss Kathleen provides links to a variety of library-related items.
As we mentioned the other day, our co-founder Will Pearson will be representing mental_floss at the Idea Festival in Louisville, which runs from September 29th through October 2nd.
We owe some people some books! Our jury has reached verdicts in last week's giveaways. Here's who won, what they won, and
Betty Boop celebrated her 80th birthday this month, as her first appearance on film occurred on August 9, 1930.
Brett Favre's first NFL completion was caught by...Brett Favre! (It was deflected.)
It happened on September 13, 1992, against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Favre's second season.
So how's this for awesome: in 1933, animator Roland Crandall singlehandedly animated a seven-minute Betty Boop cartoon (a version of Snow White) in only six months.
Before the launch of Split Decision this fall, we're giving away 25 copies of the game to readers who promise to throw Split Decision parties and send us photos (and video, if you'd like).
When resources are scarce in an area, the animals dealing with such scarcity will often evolve to be smaller, and thus use less resources.