Be Amazing ... the Movie!

Ransom Riggs

Longtime readers may recall a number of other films I've created for mental_floss, including Famous Last Words and Attack of the Parasites!

3 Renaissance Rascals Exposed!

Special Guest Star

This week we're lucky to have Elizabeth Lunday, author of Secret Lives of Great Artists: What Your Teachers Never Told You about Master Painters and Sculptors guest blogging with us.

Creatively Speaking: Charles Todd

David K. Israel

Our Creatively Speaking interview series continues today with not one, but two authors who go by the name Charles Todd.

Barbie, 50 Years Later

Miss Cellania

Barbie turns 50 today! Inventor Ruth Handler introduced the fashion doll at the American International Toy Fair on March 9th, 1959. The doll's full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts.

Brain Game: The Cue Club

Today's Brain Game is easier than most, in somber memory of the hour that we lost over the weekend. I miss it already. You know, the games of golf and pool have a lot in common.

Morning Cup of Links: Marijuana Pepsi Jackson

Miss Cellania

The last imperial Chinese eunuch died in 1996. His life is the subject of book recently translated into English. (via Boing Boing) * The Rise and Fall of Nazi Dinosaurs.

A Tribute to Our Favorite Monkee

Kara Kovalchik

Former Monkee Peter Tork recently underwent surgery for Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma.

The First Time News Was Fit To Print: Conan, Laptops & Credit Default Swaps

Jason English

It's time for another edition of The First Time News Was Fit To Print, where we travel into the archives of The New York Times and find the first time the paper covered various subjects.

$50 Challenge: March/April

Andréa Fernandes


Only Seventeen: Nadya Rusheva

Andréa Fernandes

Yesterday marked the 40th anniversary of the death of Nadya Rusheva (1952-1969).

Odds/Ends: The Odds/Ends I Forgot To Mention Last Time

Jason English

The ladies (and gentlemen "“ there must be some gentlemen, right?) at Ladies Home Journal have kindly named one of their six favorite blogs.

The Weekend Links

Allison Keene

From SomeGreyBloke, What Facebook Is For. Comic gold that includes gems such as "PIAF ...

What a Bad Idea Tastes Like

Linda Rodriguez McRobbie

As each country has its own laws, ways of driving, celebrities, and accents, each also has its own chip flavors. In the US, we've got our Sour Cream & Onion, our BBQ, our Salt & Vinegar.

Lunchtime Quiz Leftovers

Jason English

We Want to See Your Tattoos! (And the Quick 10: 10 Famous Tattoo Artists)

Stacy Conradt

I got my first tattoo a few weeks ago, which you already know if you follow my meager little blog.