Reed Hastings was inspired to start Netflix after a $40 late fee on a VHS copy of Apollo 13.
Every now and again, you screw something up and deserve to get reamed out. No one does a more effective reaming than fictional White House Communications Director Toby Ziegler.
One of my favorite sub-reddits over on reddit.com is First World Problems. Today, there are a handful that made me smile, like these five:
Penguins might not need any help staying warm, but they still rely on sweaters to save their lives after oil spills.
Even the most mundane moments in the life of an iconic figure can instantly become transformed into a timeless event, rife with symbolism and capable of sparking a historic ripple effect.
As we've all heard, Andy Rooney has retired. But his body of work is vast, including 1,097 of his iconic 60 Minutes commentaries.
The alphabet, as best as historians can tell, got its start in ancient Egypt sometime in the Middle Bronze Age, but not with the Egyptians.
Today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game: a Monday Math Square. Good luck!
The nine white squares inside the main red grid should be filled with the digits 1 through 9.
Mrs. A.J. Young and five of her 11 children worked in the mills of Tifton, Georgia in the early 20th century. Joe Manning found out what became of Catherine Young and her Family.
Marie Antoinette went to the guillotine on this date in 1793. Here's a look at what happened to her
In the 1960s, a unique genre of movies came into the world: the "beach party movies." The inevitable ingredients included several attractive "teenagers" (and I use the term loosely
A frightening(ly fascinating) update on the Robot Revolution. Kinetic sculptor and artist Theo Jansen builds 'strandbeests' from yellow plastic tubing, which evolve over time.
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Starting things off in a big way with this time-lapse trifecta: a photographer captures a meteor, the Milky way and the Northern Lights all in one shot.
With the New York Comic Con under way, we thought we’d remind you that these brilliant, geeky get-togethers can mean more than just costumes and coveted signatures on first-edition books.