The First Time News Was Fit To Print, XV

Jason English

Every Monday, mental_floss ventures into the archives of The New York Times to find first mentions worth mentioning.

November 12, 2007

Miss Cellania

Human Clones: New U.N. Analysis Lays Out World's Choices.

Eat Like the Pilgrims

Miss Cellania

Would you like to celebrate Thanksgiving the way the Pilgrims did? Then be ready for a departure from your traditional turkey, dressing, gravy, potatoes, and pie menu!

Weekend Genius Challenge #6: A world of clues

NOTE: This weekend challenge has been completed.

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Don't Forget the Lyrics...And definitely not last night's winner, Patricia Canale


Last night, Patricia Canale owned the stage on FOX's popular game show, "Don't Forget the Lyrics." The only sad thing about her win of $100,000 was that it signaled the end of her

Famous Wiener Dogs in History

Stacy Conradt

I'm getting jealous of all of the pictures Jason posts of his adorable dog, Bailey, so I thought I'd squeeze in a gratuitous picture of my

Explosions heard 'round the world

Ransom Riggs

From North Korean nuclear tests to home-grown Mentos-n-Coke cocktails, if there's one thing our world has plenty of these days, it's explosions.

What Have You Found While Remodeling?

Chris Higgins

I'll admit that I'm not exactly a handyman -- my remodeling skills begin and end with half-hearted painting, including a time-honored technique I call "structural spackling." So i

Board at Work: Awards Ceremony

Jason English

With the 423rd comment in yesterday's Ridiculous Board Game, Phunk correctly guessed In-N-Out Burger. Congratulations! As Donny Kerabatsos would say, those are good burgers.

Friday Happy Hour: November Buffet, II

Jason English

People seemed to enjoy last week's buffet of assorted questions.

Weekend Word Wrap: homophonic puns

David K. Israel

I've talked about homophones before, in the shape of dittograms. (If you don't know what a dittogram is, you really must spend a few minutes in the old post.

Taking the hard line on savings


This is just too hard to resist posting about: the Japanese have invented an exploding piggy

November 9, 2007

Miss Cellania

Ever wonder what it would be like to drink in the great watering holes of yore? Find out with this history of barhopping. The Top Ten Ugliest Animals.

Martin Scorsese is a fighter: Battles with cocaine, death threats"¦ and Liza Minelli?

Special Guest Star

by Adam Horowitz I've been reading Peter Biskind's scrumptious chronicle of 1970s Hollywood, Easy Riders, Raging Bulls, and one thing I've learned is that even in that wonderfully libe