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Who Exactly Is J.D. Power?

Ethan Trex

It feels like every car commercial you see touts the vehicle’s sterling showing in a J.D. Power and Associates survey. The awards are bandied about as if their origins are common knowledge.

The Late Movies: Kinetic Typography

Chris Higgins

Kinetic Typography (“moving text”) has been around for at least half a century — movie title sequences often feature some form of moving text, and there are tons of famous examples.

The Quick 10: Happy Birthday, Barbie!

Stacy Conradt

Your Favorite Villain Strikes Back

Winslow

Our favorite martian, Ray William Johnson, just put out a new music video featuring all your favorite villains. See how many you know in the funny video

Forget Printing Money, Let’s Print Kidneys

Chris Higgins

In a recent TED Talk, surgeon Anthony Atala printed a prototype human kidney, using living cells and an 3D inkjet printer, onstage. When this happened, TED attendees took note.

The Number of the Day: $140,000

Winslow

Brain Game: That’s Weird

Winslow

The Wednesday Word Ladder is now Wednesday Wordplay, which will offer other word-related puzzles in addition to ladders.

Brain Game: That’s Weird

Winslow

The Wednesday Word Ladder is now Wednesday Wordplay, which will offer other word-related puzzles in addition to ladders.

Morning Cup of Links: Egg Toss

Winslow

Ten percent of all people are left-handed, a ratio that holds up over generations.

The Late Movies: Power Ballads

Erica Palan

While the days of truly great power ballads (and truly great hair in music videos) have passed, there is always time to sit back and reflect on the glory of a tough-as-nails metal musicians going soft

Facts of Interest! Things You Didn’t Know About Futurama Characters

Danny Gallagher

The people who occupy the strange world of Matt Groening’s Futurama seem like something that could only be created by a twisted merge between the worlds of “Metropolis,” “Eraserhead” and the upper wes

An Epic Journey: Windows 1 Through Windows 7

Chris Higgins

In this video, a Scottish computer nerd* named Andy installs MS-DOS 5, then Windows 1.0, and proceeds to upgrade through every major Windows version (except Windows ME, which we can all just pretend n

The Number of the Day: 300

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Our Readers’ Favorite Bookstore Cats (Volume Three)

Miss Cellania

Many mental_floss readers contributed to the list of bookstore cats we met in the previous four posts on the subject -and I certainly appreciate your help!

Brain Game: One Vote

Winslow

This is Brain Game #696, and it’s Tuesday Test Time. Don protective gear now. Two former U.S.

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