Before The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins Wrote for Clarissa Explains It All

Jason English

Your Before-They-Were-Famous-Authors Fact of the Day (via @mental_floss): Years before she published The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins wrote for several Nickelodeon shows, including Clarissa Explains

Why Do Baseball Managers Wear Uniforms?

Matt Soniak

© Chris Williams/Icon SMI/CorbisBasketball and hockey coaches wear business suits on the sidelines. Football coaches wear team-branded shirts and jackets and often ill-fitting pleated khakis.

John Green and Ransom Riggs: Best Sellers Together at Last

Chris Higgins

mental_floss has a talent for producing spectacularly successful writers. And no, I'm not just talking about my own immense wealth and power*.

8 Academy Award Nominees and Winners Who Snubbed the Oscars

Matthew Hickman

Stacie Stauff Smith Photography / During the first lines of Annie Hall, Alvy Singer explains his failed relationships with women through an old joke he attributes to Groucho Marx a

From Sonic Youth's Guitars to LA Tubas: 4 Famous Stolen Instruments

Jason Plautz

1. Sonic Youth’s

What's the First Thing You Ever Bought Online?

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.

The Hindenburg, Pre- and Post-Disaster

Chris Higgins

If you've seen the Hindenburg before, it's likely only the film of it crashing and burning -- "Oh, the humanity!" and all that.

15 Unusual Beds

David K. Israel

From a Millennium Falcon bed to a mousetrap bed (which just might be my favorite on the list!), here's 15 beds that will keep you up at night wishing you had cooler sleeping arrangements.

The Weird Week in Review

Miss Cellania

Chuck Norris May Connect Austria and Slovakia It looks like people wanting to pass between Slovakia and Austria in the future may have to cross Chuck Norris to do it.

Brain Game: Good Puck!

We asked the same question about the NBA a few months back, but today's Brain Game Free-for-All Friday challenge focuses on that "other" winter team sport: hockey.

Morning Cup of Links: Grambo and Pruno

Miss Cellania

What will happen if the state takes control of human reproduction? The world of science fiction can give us some frightening scenarios. (via Boing Boing) * J.K.

The Late Movies: Guess The Theme 42

Mark Arminio

It's Thursday, it's late, it's time once again for GUESS THE THEME! All the clips below have something in common.

30,000 Pounds of Sodium + Lake = Massive Explosion

Chris Higgins

So let's say it's 1947, you're the War Assets Administration, and you've got 30,000 pounds of spare metallic sodium from WWII on your hands.

7 Memorable Moments from Oscar Hosts Past and Present

Bill DeMain

1. Will

Interview with Trace Beaulieu of MST3K and Cinematic Titanic

Sandy and Kara

The conclusion to our two-part exclusive interview with Trace Beaulieu, formerly of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and now with Cinematic Titanic Read yesterday's part one