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The Late Movies: Fictional Bands

Erica Palan

Do you have a song that just pops in your head sometimes? Even if you haven't heard it for weeks or months?

Why Libraries Matter: Letters to the Children of Troy, Michigan (From 1971)

Lucas Reilly

It was the spring of 1971, and the public library in Troy, Mich., was finally getting a permanent home.

The Missing Links: A One Man Tour of Rock Guitar History

Colin Patrick

Riffing on Rock History In this video Alex Chadwick of the Chicago Music Exchange flies through 100 iconic guitar riffs in just over 12 minutes. It’s amazing that he can do that.

14 Great Names for Bugs

Miss Cellania

Scientists have a sense of humor just like the rest of us. The difference is that a scientist's jokes are sometimes enshrined in the body of knowledge for eternity, or close to it.

Andy Griffith Sings the Lyrics to The Andy Griffith Show Theme Song

Stacy Conradt

Well, I'll be. Before producers of The Andy Griffith Show decided that whistling set the tone for the show, Sheriff Taylor himself recorded a version of the song with lyrics.

Pigs in Space!

Chris Higgins

Remember Pigs in Space? It was a series of sketches on The Muppet Show parodying Star Trek (and other 60s/70s space-themed TV shows), featuring the adventures of a crew of pigs aboard the Swinetrek.

Brain Game: Head Line

This week, we're remembering some of our classic mentalfloss.com Brain Game entries from years past. Tuesday's challenge: Head Line. Good

Morning Cup of Links: Politicians in High School

Miss Cellania

We're getting closer to the future, so where's your hoverboard?

The Toadstool Exchange: An Examination of 5 Video Game Currencies

David W Brown

Most of us will spend a great deal of real money on video games, wherein we can spend a great deal of fictional money—only for much cooler things that are more likely to explode.

The Late Movies: Larry David Turns 65

Colin Patrick

It's pretty remarkable that today is Larry David's 65th birthday, because he's been acting like a cranky senior citizen for decades.

How Do Glowsticks Glow?

Matt Soniak

Picture an atom. Now picture that atom getting excited. Maybe its birthday is coming up. Anyway, when an atom or a molecule gets excited, its electrons' energy levels go up.

The Missing Links: That Second That Screwed Up the Net

Colin Patrick

The Internet Doesn’t Want You To Miss One Single Second You’ve wasted hundreds, thousands, tens-of-thousands, probably hundreds-of-thousands of precious seconds on the internet (not the time you'

The Time Andy Kaufman Wrestled a Bunch of Women

Bill DeMain

On October 20, 1979, Andy Kaufman made his ninth appearance on Saturday Night Live. Previous audiences had laughed at his oddball routines that tread the line between comedy and performance art.

Mercury + Sound = Kooky Mad Science Party

Chris Higgins

Now let's watch what happens when you take a blob of mercury and subject it to different audio frequencies. Spoiler alert: the mercury forms geometric shapes and appears to dance.

When His Project Was Canceled, an Unemployed Programmer Kept Sneaking Into Apple to Finish the Job

the mag

When an Apple programmer’s project got canceled, he didn’t despair. He just kept sneaking into the office until the program was finished.