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The Disastrous North Pole Balloon Mission of 1897

Ethan Trex

Three men vanished in 1897 while trying to fly to the North Pole. But 33 years later, Arctic explorers found the undeveloped film of the doomed voyage.

What Technology Wants in Battlestar Galactica

Chris Higgins

Warning: Battlestar Galactica spoilers abound in the following post!

11 Bizarre or Shocking TV Deaths

Kara Kovalchik

How Much Sleep Do New Parents Lose?

Jason English

An often-cited statistic claims a new baby typically robs parents of anywhere between 400-750 hours of sleep in the first year alone. Related Question: Over to you, moms and dads—how much sleep did

Celebrity Twists

David K. Israel

Ahhh, the celeb remake. They all want one... but do they all need one? Some colleagues of mine and I thought these up.

Brain Game: Filling Station #6

Here's some more Filling Station fun at the mentalfloss.com Brain Game.

Morning Cup of Links: Teaching History

Miss Cellania

The mission to get Osama bin Laden.

The Incredible Food Pyramid of Michel Lotito

David Goldenberg

You don’t get the nickname Monsieur Mangetout (“Mr. Eat Everything”) without earning it.

The Late Movies: "Purple Rain" Covers (Plus the Original!)

Erica Palan

Purple Rain goddess Apollonia turns 52 today. To honor the most notable partner of the Purple One, we've rounded up an assortment of covers of the signature song from the duo's 1984 film.

Woman Goes Into Labor During Bar Exam, Finishes Test

Jill Harness

Many women who are nine months pregnant wouldn't consider taking the Bar Exam in their condition.

The Most Influential Musician You’ve Never Heard Of

Bill DeMain

For a guy who was a major pioneer of rock ‘n’ roll and rap, not to mention the music video, Louis Jordan is criminally underappreciated.

Keep on Truckin': 15 Stories of Life After Sports

Bud Shaw

Boxing great Sugar Ray Leonard retired in 1982. Then again in 1984. Enough, he said once more in 1987. And 1991.

What Does '100% Juice' Mean?

Ethan Trex

Buying fruit juice at the supermarket is a surprisingly complicated task that leads to myriad questions. What’s really in that “100% juice”?

Happy WiFi Day!

Jason English

Today is WiFi Day (8-02-11)! I'm not sure how we're supposed to celebrate, but I'll throw out two questions for discussion: 1.

MTV's First Hour on the Air (I Mean: on Cable)

Chris Higgins

On August 1, 1981, MTV launched at 12:01am. Below you can see the first hour of MTV, in six ten-minute chunks.

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