How the French Revolution Gave Birth to the Restaurant Business

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by Tony

How 16 Electronics Companies Got Their Names

Ethan Trex

Most of us spend a lot of time staring at a computer or TV screen, playing video games, or gabbing into our cell phones.

Get Your Judicial Shirts Here

Jason English

If the Sonia Sotomayor hearings have you hankering for a judicial-themed t-shirt, head on over to the mental_floss store and make that dream a

Brain Game: Really, Really Bad Rebus #11

For one of my birthdays as a child, I received the "home version" of the TV game show Concentration.

8 Wonderfully Weird Cakes

Ransom Riggs

I can hardly make pasta, much less bake a cake, so major props go to these seriously creative inventor-bakers, discovered over the years by Boingboing's cake-obsessed Cory Doctorow.

The All-New Tuesday Turnip!

David K. Israel

The Tuesday Turnip is back! We gave it a BIG break to give the Internet time to catch up with us, which it has, which means all new interesting searches on Tuesdays!

Morning Cup of Links: Manipulative Cats

Miss Cellania

Bookmark the site We Choose the Moon to follow the Apollo 11 mission to the moon in real time 40 years after it happened.

9 Game Show Stories Worth Retelling

Mario Marsicano

There's something intriguing about watching someone answer a question, or spin a wheel, or pick a suitcase. That's why game shows have been around for nearly three-quarters of a century.

The Late Movies: TMBG's Venue Songs

Ransom Riggs

I've been a fan of They Might be Giants for about as long as I've been a fan of music in general, but despite the already-enormous body of work they've generated in the last 20 years, t

The 5pm Quiz: Middle Initials

Ben Smith

We know a good number of famous middle initials. But how many of us actually know the less famous, oftentimes strange names they stand for? Let's find out. Take the quiz: The Name Behind The

The Quick 10: 10 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Harry Potter

Stacy Conradt

With Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince coming out in the U.S. later this week, it's time to out myself as a Slytherin Supporter. Maybe you already knew that.

There's a Good Chap

Linda Rodriguez McRobbie

If you've ever read anything by P.G.

Not Playing Around: 8 Lawsuits Involving Video Games

Scott Allen

Sam Keller, who played college football at Arizona State and Nebraska, recently filed a class-action lawsuit claiming that video game giant Electronic Arts and the National Collegiate Athletic Associa


Miss Cellania

Soap bubbles are fun. If you have ever watched a baby play with blown bubbles for the first time, or seen a dog snap at them, or given a child a bubble bath, then you know how magical they can be.

The Benefits of Swearing

Ransom Riggs

Growing up, they teach you that swearing is a bad habit -- but no one ever explained why it was a bad habit for so many people.