Reed Hastings was inspired to start Netflix after a $40 late fee on a VHS copy of Apollo 13.
Usually the government sticks to reality, but there are a number of times where agencies have investigated or weighed in on more mythical ideas.
1. "Romeo and Juliet" – Dire Straits
Dolly Parton, Steve Forbert, Elvis Costello, Michael Penn... These are just a few of many artists who've referenced the name Romeo in their songs.
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We hope the new word ladder puzzle for today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game Wednesday Wordplay challenge won't upset your stomach:
By changing one letter in each step to form English words,
Medicines and medical practices have come a long way in a relatively short time. Here are some items that have vanished from medicine cabinets in the last few decades.1.
NASA has been waking up astronauts using music since the Apollo Program. Sometimes those wakeup calls get pretty weird.
Model and photographer Indrani Pal-Chaudhuri leads a charmed life of luxury, fame, and jet-setting.
We’ve brought you beautiful European, South American, North American and Asian libraries, so now it’s time for some of the most amazing libraries in Africa.
1. Library of
Installment #26: One of the big questions facing historians of the First World War is the role played by popular nationalism in the outbreak of hostilities.
Blame the media!
Last week, I shared six fictional bands—and many loyal commenters reminded me of awesomely overlooked fake band Spinal Tap. This week, I've been thinking about fake TV shows.
Golf Detroit. Not On A Detroit Golf Course. Just Detroit Itself.
Charlie Leduff attempts to better understand the Motor City by grabbing his golf clubs and hitting a ball across the entire city.
You’ve probably heard about the famous rivalry between Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison—both giants of electrical engineering whose innovations changed history.
Vi Hart makes videos primarily about math (we've written about her before). But how does she make the videos?
Image credit: Daniel R. Tobias/Wikimedia CommonsI was working at Tower Records back in the late 1980s, when the compact disc started replacing the vinyl LP. Beyond the arguments over the analog vs.