Before he wrote Jaws, Peter Benchley was a speechwriter for LBJ.
Universities are always looking for cash from their alumni (or anyone else with a big enough checkbook). But sometimes colleges are offered donations of another variety.
It shouldn't be a big surprise to you guys—or anyone stuck driving with me—that I'm a Bruce Springsteen fan (exhibits A, B and C, and stay tuned for my special Boss Birth
Editor's Note: Every Friday, Ethan Trex digs up things you might not know about various authors, artists, actors, politicians, athletes and so on.
Every Friday, I post a series of unrelated questions meant to spark conversation in the comments. Answer one, answer all, respond to someone else's reply, whatever you want. It's casual.
Today's Brain Game is for both today and the Monday U.S. holiday, and you shouldn't need more of a hint than that.
Miss Cellania is enjoying a well-deserved day off.
Ethan's piece on famous people who used to teach—including the stars of Rocky III—is currently climbing the CNN.com charts.
Forget about London Bridge "“ it seems that everything is falling down. When it comes to natural landmarks, at least, it seems that you'd better catch "˜em while you can.
It took Allison Young all of five minutes to correctly answer the ten questions in our $50 Challenge. Congratulations! She's won a shopping spree in the mental_floss store.
Update: thanks to astute commenter Baby Friday, apparently a few of these items are bogus.
The World of Isaac has put together a collection of strange moments on Jeopardy!, like the one above in which a contestant faints during Final Jeopardy.
I have you guys pegged as Jeopardy!
Floss editor extraordinaire Jason English recently found an interesting fact: Reggie Jackson's famous "Mr.
Whether you've encountered its unmistakable white text on black background at the gym, in a bar, or on the couch, you're familiar with closed captioning.