Flamingos are naturally white. Their diet of brine shrimp and algae turns them pink.
(7) General Douglas MacArthur
MacArthur had the sort of brilliant military career new recruits can only dream of.
When it comes to medication, what you don't know could kill you. Or cause eyelid droop, amnesia and decreased sweating. We've scoured the warning labels for possible side effects.
While a fair number of celebrities come from classic rags-to-riches stories, or at least Gap-to-Gucci stories, there are also some who were born into wealth and success.
Clay Shirky is an adjunct professor of New Media at NYU. He writes about technology (okay, pretty much just the internet) and its effects on relationships and culture.
(6) Walt Disney
Disney turned an animated steamboat-driving mouse into an industry that completely legitimized cartoons and gave him a massive fortune.
We're so excited to have author, journalist, and Brown University senior (he's still a senior!) Kevin Roose blogging with us this week.
(3) Louis Pasteur
Pasteur was microbiology's one-man wrecking crew.
Every year, the NCAA men's basketball tournament field features at least a handful of teams that leaves casual fans puzzled as they start to fill out their brackets.
(5) James Joyce
Joyce's mastery of language and inventiveness with new literary forms made him possibly the most critically acclaimed and influential novelist of the 20th century.
Slave, traveler, evangelist, abolitionist, and saint.
We'll yield the floor to the Encyclopedia Britannica on this one: "Widely regarded as the greatest composer who ever lived, Ludwig van Beethoven dominates a period of musical
Today's Brain Game is a poem wot I writ myself. I know, don't quit my day job.
We'd like to say thanks to the thousands of people who entered the mental_floss/Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 'I Want to Rock in Cleveland' sweepstakes. The contest is now closed.
(8) Bill Gates
Is there anything new to say about Gates? Microsoft co-founder. Owner of a $58 billion fortune. Groundbreakingly generous philanthropist.
(1) Sir Isaac Newton
It may be a myth that Newton discovered the law of gravity when an apple bonked him on the noggin, but it's tough to argue with the guy's genius credentials.