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What's On Your Movie Location Map?

Colin Patrick

If they made a map filled with all of the film characters associated with my hometown of Columbus, Ohio, it would contain an image of Nick Nolte from the obscure 1984 film Teachers (Filmed in Columbus

The Weird Week in Review

Miss Cellania

Man Reports Incorrect Change to Police Dexter White of North Charleston, South Carolina paid a drug dealer $60 for crack cocaine, but says he only received $20 worth.

Morning Cup of Links: Crime Math

Miss Cellania

A Mother’s Prayer for Her Child by Tina Fey. Amen. * In a project called Scitweets, Maia Weinstock enshrined your favorite internet scientists, science bloggers, and science journalists in Lego!

The Quick 10: The 10 Best Characters You've Never Seen

Stacy Conradt

Sometimes the characters we don't see end up having the most impact… and sometimes they're just a good running joke for a sitcom.

The Late Movies: Guess The Theme III

Mark Arminio

All right, it's late on Thursday, which means one thing: another series of songs for you to guess the theme!

4 Wildly Successful Companies Started by Stay-at-Home Moms

Ethan Trex

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, this week seemed like a great time to give a tip of our caps to stay-at-home moms, including these four who used clever ideas to become business moguls.

Six-Word Fact Contest Winners!

Jason English

Time to settle up our Six-Word Fact contest! The following people have all won mental_floss t-shirts. (Except Josh, who's married to one of our researchers.

Secrets of The Legend of Zelda Prototype

Chris Higgins

Last Christmas, a surprise popped up online: a prototype of The Legend of Zelda, the iconic Nintendo game.


Jill Harness

Airigami consists of using balloons (and air) to make works of art.

LibriVox: 1000s of Free, Crowdsourced Audiobooks

Ransom Riggs

Public domain books have been around for a long time, but until efforts like Project Gutenberg came along, getting your hands on them was no different than any other book: you'd have to check it

Morning Cup of Links: Vader and the Baby

Miss Cellania

The Situation Room Meme: The Shortest Route From Bin Laden to Lulz.

Why Do We Need Libraries?

Miss Kathleen

Each week, Miss Kathleen provides links to a variety of stories about libraries, authors, and books. If there's something fun going on in your local library, leave us a

The Late Movies: Inventors

Chris Higgins

Last week I pointed to a profile of Steven Sasson, Inventor of the Digital Camera. But his short interview is just the latest in a string of inventor profiles by David Friedman.

News: Kids Don't Know Who the Beatles Were

Chris Higgins

I admit, it's possible to make a video demonstrating ignorance about any topic -- just go ask people stuff on the street until you get enough "dumb" answers, and away you go.

The Number of the Day: 200,000

Colin Patrick

Author and professor Philip M. Parker has written more than 200,000 books - aided in large part by a knowledge-gathering computer program he created himself.