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The First Vending Machine (and other surprising firsts)

Mangesh Hattikudur

Neatorama's got this terrific post today on 5 Modern Technologies that Might Not Be So Modern. My favorite bit is about the first vending machine, used to dispense...

The Quick 10: 10 of the Worst U.S. Blizzards Ever

Stacy Conradt

We're all hunkering down here in the Midwest since a blizzard is supposed to be hitting us pretty much all day Tuesday and Wednesday.

8 Chanukah Mysteries Revealed

David Holzel

Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, begins at sundown on December 11 with the lighting of one candle on the eight-candle menorah.

13 Incredibly Focused Graduate Programs

Ethan Trex

Are you thinking of getting a graduate degree, but want something with a narrower focus than an MBA or a JD?

4-Year-Old Urges: "Give a Chance 4 Peace"

Chris Higgins

So my friend T'chaka was visiting his sister and his four-year-old niece, Aurora, last December. Aurora began a stream-of-consciousness rant about the need for more peace in the world.

Tuesday Turnip

David K. Israel

In case you're not familiar with the Turnip, it's a whimsical Google search, wherein I type a random phrase and we see what kind of interesting pages "turn-up." As always with thi

7 Horrifying Aircraft Landings (in which no one died)

Miss Cellania

Many people board an airplane flight thinking that if anything goes wrong, they will probably die. We board anyway, knowing that the odds of something going wrong are pretty small.

Feature Films That Started as Shorts

Ransom Riggs

This summer saw the release of two major feature films that started life as shorts -- District Nine and the animated film 9 (no relation, and not to be confused with the upcoming, Daniel-Day-Lewis-sta

Brain Game: Talking Heads '09

There are no negative numbers in today's Brain Game.

Morning Cup of Links: Warrior Women

Miss Cellania

The Top 10 Warrior Women.

The Late Movies: Bizarre Cooking Shows

Ransom Riggs

Postmodern weirdness has finally invaded the last vestige of TV-dom I thought was safe from irony: the tried-and-true cooking show.

Scenes From the Mental Floss Trivia Show

Jason English

Thanks to everyone who came out for the inaugural Mental Floss Trivia Show last night in Brooklyn! We were blown away by the turnout.

Giant Leopard Seal Brings Penguins to Photographer

Chris Higgins

In this two-minute video, National Geographic photographer Paul Nicklen relates the story of a giant leopard seal who tried to teach him (Nicklen) how to hunt for penguins.

The 10 Weirdest Pieces of Unclaimed Luggage

Stacy Conradt

We've all seen it: that one lonely suitcase on the baggage claim track at the airport that goes around and around with no owner in sight. What happens to it if no one shows up?


Meghan Holohan

As I watch my cat bat a piece of foil across the floor or stare at nothing like he's stoned, I can't help thinking, "Gee I wish my computer was as smart as my cat." Scientists at