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Portlandia Begins Tonight

Chris Higgins

Tonight, welcome to my world: Portlandia.

Screw This, Screw That: Why We Have Different Types of Screws

Matt Soniak

If you've ever mistakenly grabbed the Phillips head screwdriver when you needed a flat head, you've probably asked yourself why there are different types of screws. Let's start at the

Geek Jewelry

Jill Harness

Valentine's Day is on the horizon, so if you're looking for something for the special dork in your life, look no further than Oddee's list of great geeky jewelry.

Name the Transformers

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After a decade dwelling in relatively obscurity, kept alive by comic enthusiasts and rappers like the Wu-Tang Clan, Transformers are as big as they were back in the '80s. But for all their spinoffs, it all still comes back to that delightfully cheesy, yet somehow endearing '80s cartoon. Specifically, it comes back to the three-part pilot episode that started it all, "More than Meets the Eye." In five minutes, can you name all 27 Transformers that were originally on the Ark that crash landed into Mt. St.

Your Puppies Wearing Hats Eating Bacon Sharing Facts

Stacy Conradt

Do you have a puppy? Do you have a hat? We'd love to feature your dog (all dogs are puppies at heart, right?) in an upcoming "Puppies Wearing Hats Eating Bacon Sharing Facts" post.

What's the Most Rewatchable Movie?

Jason English

On Fridays, 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.

How the Oregon Trail (Computer Game) Was Formed

Colin Patrick

The mere mention of the game Oregon Trail is enough to send most anyone that grew up in the last four decades into a fit of nostalgic glee.

The Weird Week in Review

Miss Cellania

Armed WWII Grenades Used As Bookends The bomb squad blew up two World War II hand grenades in Deland, Florida last Tuesday morning.

Brain Game: Ned the Number Head

Thanks for trying the Friday Free-For-All. This will conclude the mental_floss Brain Game until Monday. Good luck! Ned the Number Head likes certain numbers, but not others.

Morning Cup of Links: Movies, Music, and Comedy

Miss Cellania

The 1957 Russian film Road to the Stars is way beyond those cheesy '50s science fiction movies.

5 Questions: Just Like Jesse James

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The Late Movies: Isolated Music

Mark Arminio

In Aristotle's work Metaphysics, he postulated that "The whole is different from the sum of its parts." Tonight for the Late Movies, we're applying that concept to a few classic r

The Quick 10: People With Fake Middle Initials

Stacy Conradt

Maybe fake isn't exactly correct - some of the people on this list really have initials for middle names, they just don't mean anything. But others have made them up entirely.

Recreating van Gogh

Colin Patrick

Who says that a Vincent van Gogh painting is hard to recreate? Because James Birkbeck has managed to do it by combining two different medias: paint and, ummm, himself.

Watch What You Tweet: 4 Twitter Lawsuits

Rob Lammle

With over 95 million messages sent via Twitter every day, you might be asking yourself, “Is anybody out there?” Say the wrong thing, though, and you might find out exactly who's listening – when