Celebrating the Inauguration

Andréa Fernandes

President Barack Obama's inauguration is being celebrated and watched not just around the U.S., but all around the world. Each group is celebrating in their own way.

Italy's Most Famous Drowned Town

Ransom Riggs

Since Roman times, the towns of Graun and Reschen high in the Alps near the Italian-Swiss border had been occupied.

Presidential Quiz Leftovers

Jason English

Presidential history has been a popular subject for our Daily Lunchtime Quizzes during the endless campaign of 2008.

A cappella is alive and well! 3 great recordings

David K. Israel

In Italian, a cappella literally means in chapel style.

Catching Up With 9 Advertising Icons

Jason English

There's a lot of buzz around this year's slate of Super Bowl ads. But will you even remember these commercials next year?

Dead Pigeons, The Kid from Jerry Maguire & Other Past Inauguration Guests

Ethan Trex

The crowd at Barack Obama's momentous inauguration will include a number of special guests, including the Tuskegee Airmen and the crew of US Airways Flight 1549.

Brain Game: Just Prez Play

Regardless of your political affiliation, please take a moment to wish good fortune to our 44th president, who will take office today and lead our nation into the future.

Inauguration Kitsch For Sale

Miss Cellania

Every inauguration of a new president brings out the kitsch, the manufactured collectibles of the moment. But this inauguration has more marketing opportunities than any before.

Where the heck are our hydrogen-powered cars?

Ethan Trex

In the new issue of mental_floss magazine, Ethan Trex answers The Biggest Questions of 2009.

12 Meals or Bust

Chris Higgins

In 2007, a young man by the name of Ryan Giesel created a Facebook group called If 100,000 people join, I'll eat every McDonald's value meal, #1-12.

Morning Cup of Links: Methane Media Mess

Miss Cellania

Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions. The choices we make about spending our money are dependent on many things besides logic.

The Quick 10: 10 First Ladies Who Never Wanted the Title

Stacy Conradt

As we all know, Michelle Obama is set to take the First Lady position tomorrow, and she has made it clear that she's not going to be a wallflower.

The 6 Least Necessary "Weird" Al Parodies

Ransom Riggs

Full disclosure: I loved "Weird" Al Yankovic as a kid. Loved, unconditionally and non-judgmentally, the way I loved ice cream and Nintendo, until at least the sixth grade or so.

Anyone Can Play Guitar - Lesson No. 12

David K. Israel

Today we're getting into some real basic 12 Bar Blues. We might repeat this lesson next monday, but after that, the lessons will be on hiatus for a while.

Documentaries I Like: Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe

Chris Higgins

In the late 1970's, director Werner Herzog made a bet with then-unknown director Errol Morris: if Morris ever finished his documentary Gates of Heaven, Herzog would literally eat his shoe.