The Quick 10: the Best Facts about the Best Pictures

Stacy Conradt

To finish out the Quick 10 Oscar posts this week, we have a few facts about some of the Best Picture winners and nominees over the years.

5 Celebrities Who've Undergone Coronary Bypass Surgery

Kara Kovalchik

News of Burt Reynolds' recent quintuple bypass surgery reminded me of when my Dad had the same operation back in 1997 at the ripe old age of 73.

YouTube Rolls Out Auto-Captioning

Chris Higgins

TechCrunch reports that YouTube has launched auto-captions for English-language videos.

Congratulations, Andréa!

Jason English

It seems like just yesterday Andréa Fernandes wandered into our office (virtually, of course) and signed on to an ill-defined internship. But that was 2007.

5 Things You Didn't Know About Ansel Adams

Ethan Trex

You probably know Ansel Adams as the man who helped promote the National Park Services' beauty through his magnificent photographs.

They Made A Toy of That? Misguided Action Figures

Rob Lammle

Back in the action figure heyday of the 1970s and 80s, Star Wars helped make the little 3 3/4" toys incredibly popular with kids.

You're on a Desert Island With One Author...

Jason English

Every Friday, 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. Very casual.

Watercooler Ammo! A Brand New Newsletter from mental_floss

Mangesh & Jason

This Monday, we're starting up a new little newsletter called Watercooler Ammo. Every Monday through Thursday, we'll send you one perfectly curated, smile-inducing story.

The Weird Week in Review

Miss Cellania

Children Direct Air Traffic An air traffic controller at New York City's JFK airport brought his two children to work with him on two consecutive days last month and allowed then to speak to pil

Brain Game: Two for Two

Friday's Brain Game, short and sweet. Good luck! What two pairs of two-letter state postal abbreviations are reverses of one another?

Patently Strange: the World's Most Prolific Inventor

Ransom Riggs just posted a great short doc profiling the world's most prolific (and possibly most eccentric) inventor, Dr. Yoshiro Nakamatsu.

Morning Cup of Links: Sushi Cat

Miss Cellania

The oldest dinosaur fossil ever found dates back around 230 million years.

The Late Movies: Literal Music Videos, Take 2

Mark Arminio

Trying to think warm thoughts, I recalled last summer Ransom Riggs had a post of literal music videos, ranging from "Total Eclipse of the Heart" to Billy Idol's "White Wedding.&quo

The Quick 10: 10 Pairs of Actors Oscar-Nominated for the Same Role

Stacy Conradt

There's no shortage of Oscar trivia, so I thought we'd prepare for Sunday's awards by finishing out the week with a couple of posts on the topic.

The Man Who Broke INTO Auschwitz

Chris Higgins

Okay, just stop whatever you're doing and go read this story. 91-year-old Denis Avey (an original Desert Rat) is now revealing the story of his WWII Auschwitz break-in.