In 1960 a Retired Postal Worker Almost Killed JFK

Dan Lewis

In November of 1960, JFK was elected president. Three years later, he was assassinated in Dallas. But Richard Paul Pavlick had gotten close enough to kill JFK first.

World War I Centennial: Britain Forms the Royal Flying Corps

Erik Sass

Installment #11: In the years leading up the First World War, weapons technology advanced with such breathtaking speed that it became impossible to imagine what combat in the next war would actually l

Movies That Actually Need to Be Remade

Jason English

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.

Neil deGrasse Tyson: "We Stopped Dreaming"

Chris Higgins

Ready to get fired up about America's space program? Listen to Neil deGrasse Tyson drop some knowledge on the history of NASA and current spending priorities.

12 Diseases and the Lucky Places They’re Named For

Calli Arcale

Map image via Shutterstock This isn't exactly what tourism bureaus want you to picture when you hear a town or region's name. 1.

The Weird Week in Review

Miss Cellania

Kidnap Victim Saved by Twitter Followers Lynn Peters of Johannesburg, South Africa, sent out a Tweet that her boyfriend had been kidnapped Sunday night.

Brain Game: Heartwood Warps

Good luck with today's Brain Game Free-for-all Friday challenge: Unscramble the letters in HEARTWOOD WARPS to make a two word phrase. Here is the ANSWER. THE ANSWER: &

Morning Cup of Links: Titanic Stories

Miss Cellania

The Countess of Rothes was the most distinguished of all the Titanic passengers, and the only one with a title.

The Late Movies: Guess The Theme 49

Mark Arminio

It's Thursday, it's late, it's time once again for the game that's sweeping the nation: GUESS THE THEME. All the clips below have something in common.

The Top 11 mental_floss Shirts of the Year

Mangesh & Jason

If you sign up for a subscription to mental_floss magazine right now, you get a t-shirt for just $4 (feel free to go do that now).

At the Libraries: Helena Bonham Carter as a Librarian

Miss Kathleen

Each week Miss Kathleen provides links to a variety of stories about libraries, authors, and books.

What We Learned from 5 Million Books

Chris Higgins

In this fourteen-minute TEDxBoston Talk, uber-geeks Erez Lieberman Aiden and Jean-Baptiste Michel talk about what they've learned from processing 5 million books (or 500 billion words) via the Go

8 Memorable Images from the 1980s

David K. Israel

In case you missed the first two installments in this mini-series, here’s the ‘60s post and yesterday’s ‘70s post. Today, of course, we move on to the ‘80s.

Fun Facts About the 11 "Greatest Books for Kids"

Jamie Spatola

Scholastic's Parent & Child magazine recently released a list of the 100 Greatest Books for Kids.

Funny and Fabulous Fortune Cookies

Miss Cellania

Many years ago, my mother got a fortune cookie that said, "You got the wrong cookie!" That particular message has cropped a couple of times since then.