France's last execution via guillotine was in 1977.
Welcome to another edition of The First Time News Was Fit To Print, the semi-regular feature where we travel into the archives of The New York Times and find the first time the paper covered various s
It's no secret that I love dogs. And that I like to work pictures of my dogs into my posts if there's even the tiniest shred of linkage between the post and canines.
The Know Your Meme Blog has a great introduction to the history and technology behind Auto-Tune, the audio effect first introduced in 1997 and made popular when Cher's single "Believe"
Ever wondered who received the first Social Security Card? Who was involved in the first wet T-shirt contest? Today's your lucky day.
1. The First Hamburger
Shameless self-promotion alert: The Daily Telegraph has named mentalfloss.com to their list of Best Websites, in the Education category.
Blood rivers, stone forests and perched pillars of chalk may sound like features of an alien planet dreamed up as a set for a new SyFy show, but our own Mother Earth is a lot stranger and less predict
Setting up a new blog is simple and free if you use public platforms like Blogger or Wordpress or Twitter.
A kid at my son's playground recently got a nasty shiner and I overheard a nanny telling the kid's mom that she should put a cold steak on the eye to help with the swelling.
Welcome to the Thursday Brain Game.
8 Animals That Ran for Government Office.
Before Borat, before BrÃ¼no, there was Ali G, a character created by Sacha Baron Cohen to satirize various political and social issues through interviews with public figures.
One of the best perks of blogging here is all the free stuff people send me. Like, today, for instance, I opened my mail and found one of the more attractive books I've ever laid eyes on.
Works that we consider classics - or at the very least valuable contributions to society - haven't always been seen as such.
"I want to be as well-informed as I can possibly be before I die" -John Cleese, in a speech on creativity, sleeping on problems, rewrites, and creating "tortoise enclosures" for yo
"V-J Day, Times Square, 1945,"
a.k.a. "The Kiss" Alfred Eisenstaedt,