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The Late Movies: Get Your Guitar On

Mark Arminio

For thousands of years humans have been playing guitars, mostly in ill-fated attempts to overcome severe genetic disadvantages and impress members of the opposite sex.

The Quick 10: The 10 Tallest Statues in the World

Stacy Conradt

When I think of big statues, I tend to think of the Statue of Liberty and Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro. In truth, though, those statues are positively dwarfed by some lesser-known statues.

Sam I Am: How a Butcher Became America’s Most Famous Face

the mag

by Mark S. Longo Mascots. You gotta love ’em. England has its bulldog, Canada has the beaver, and America … well, America has a New York meat packer.

The Adventures of Mr. Rat - Episode 1

David K. Israel

One of the great things about blogging for mental_floss is meeting people from all over the Web who have pantloads of talent.

12 Celebrity Professors

Ethan Trex

As college students head back to class for the fall semester, many of them will take classes with professors who are well known within their fields.

An Analysis of Couch Fort Architecture

Chris Higgins

Build Blog normally covers architecture and design, in their traditional, adult sense.

The Hardest Word to Guess in Hangman

Jill Harness

Next time you want to trip someone up in hangman, try using the word "jazz." Mathematician Jon McLoone used a computer simulation that helped him uncover that "jazz" is the hardest

How to Write Movie Scenes

Ransom Riggs

Ever wondered how screenwriters do their thing? Lots of people have, and there's a whole genre of books out there devoted to helping up-and-comers understand the arcane art of movie-writing.

Brain Game: On Broadway

September is here, and right on schedule. When the month arrived, my trivial brain got right to work, wondering why September is the only month with two common abbreviations (Sep. and Sept.).

The Number of the Day: 23:59:60

Colin Patrick

A "leap second" is a single second of time which is sometimes added into the Coordinated Universal Time in order to make it more accurately sync up with astronomical time.

Morning Cup of Links: Chem Lab Accidents

Miss Cellania

You've heard moderate drinking is good for your health. Now evidence shows that heavy drinkers also outlive teetotalers. * Chemistry Lab Horror Stories.

The Late Movies: Simon's Cat

Chris Higgins

If you've been checking out web videos in the past two years, it's a good bet that you've seen Simon's Cat, a video series by animator Simon Tofield featuring the adventures of a m

The Quick 10: 10 of the Biggest Movie Failures Ever

Stacy Conradt

Giving a movie a blockbuster-sized budget doesn't always guarantee a blockbuster at the box office. Here are a few big-budget flops that left theatergoers cold. 1. Town and Country.

A Crash Course in Wikipedia Vandalism

Matt Soniak

Reader Johnny Cat wrote in to ask about which Wikipedia entries have the highest incidences of false information in them.

Fire + Tornado = Oh Jeez

Chris Higgins

So I've seen a tornado form, and, like an idiot, just stood there staring at it -- until it started moving towards me, at which point I ran, and felt the wind pushing at my back, until I was abou

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