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The Origins of 8 High-Tech Names

Rob Lammle

You know the names, but do you know where those names came from? Here are the stories behind the naming of TiVo, BlackBerry and more — including what they were almost called. 1.

The mental_floss store

Mangesh & Jason

Some Strange Guy: Steve McCurry

Andréa Fernandes

On Tuesday, American photographer Steve McCurry celebrated his 59th birthday.

Upcoming: $50 Challenge

Andréa Fernandes

Get your magazines (March/April '09 issue) handy and come back next weekend for our $50 challenge.

The Weekend Links

Allison Keene

Flossy faithful Merinda sent in a plethora of great links this week, starting with this shocker: Did Google Earth find Atlantis?

Lunchtime Quiz Leftovers

Jason English

The 25 Most Influential Books of the Past 25 Years: The Alchemist

Mangesh & Jason

The latest issue of mental_floss just hit newsstands.

The Origin of SPAM (The Food) & Spam (The Email)

In the Beginning

SPAM (The Food Item) First, let's get the ingredients out of the way. SPAM is chopped pork shoulder meat with ham, salt, water, sugar, and sodium nitrite.

The Quick 10: 10 Famous People Related to Other Famous People

Stacy Conradt

I tried to stay away from the really obvious here "“ like Kate Hudson is Goldie Hawn's daughter and that sort of thing.

Keanu Reeves Washes His Kidneys?

Linda Rodriguez McRobbie

This just in from the Daily Mail: Keanu Reeves, David Beckham, and Sean Connery are stumping for Viagra-style drugs in China "“ apparently without their knowledge.

Can Opera Singers Really Shatter Glass?

Matt Soniak

Saturday morning cartoons would have us believe that anyone in a dress and Viking helmet can shatter wine glasses, monocles and even the opera house chandelier with one powerful high note.

Friday Happy Hour: The Most Influential Movies (1984-Present)

Jason English

1. We've been busy promoting the new issue of mental_floss, in which we name The 25 Most Influential Books of the Past 25 Years.

mental_floss sells out! (How to get your mitts on our first issue)

A lot of flossers have written in to ask how they can get copies of the first few issues of mental_floss.

How Did You Know? - {Day 4}

David K. Israel

We're back with another 5-day trivia hunt! Again, the rules: Every remaining day this week, I'll be presenting a specific challenge.

The Weird Week in Review

Miss Cellania

Anti-litter Leaflets Dumped in Street Matt Taylor of Walthamstow Village, England found boxes containing was he assumed was rubbish on the street near his home.

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