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A Short History of Long-Haired Music: The Classical Era, part 3

David K. Israel

If you missed our previous installments, check out A Short History of Long-Haired Music archives Some people refer to it as the “Viennese Style.” Others, the “Viennese Classical School.” Whatever

Brain Game: A Four-Spot Drop

By changing one letter at a time to form different English words, and leaving all other letters in their original positions, convert SIXTH into TENTH in the fewest steps possible.

Morning Cup of Links: Video Toast

Miss Cellania

6 Eerily Specific World Events Predicted by Comics. Is it possible that comic book writers have a super power of their own?  (via Interesting Pile) * X-ray Mania!

The Late Movies: Quidditch

Andréa Fernandes

Quidditch, the magical game played by Harry Potter and company in J.K.

The Quick 10: 10 Ad Mascots Voiced by Celebrities

Stacy Conradt

With the recent announcement of a new, swanky, “sexualized” Mr.

Say What? When Athletes Are Misquoted

Bud Shaw

Note: Tomorrow night at 7pm, Bud Shaw will be speaking and answering questions at the mental_floss store in Chesterland, Ohio. Stop by and say

Did Cats Drive This Painter Insane?

Ransom Riggs

I wrote about the mad sculptor Messerschmidt last week, and in the comments one reader mentioned that his work reminded them of an English painter named Louis Wain (1860-1939) -- who I then proceeded

Mad Men Theme + Nat "King" Cole's "Nature Boy" = Beautiful Jazz

Chris Higgins

What happens when a mini-orchestra performs the Mad Men theme song, gently mashed up with Nat "King" Cole's classic "Nature Boy"? Awesome jazz fantasticness.

Tuesday Turnip

David K. Israel

In case you're not familiar with the Turnip, it's a whimsical Google search, wherein I type a random phrase and we see what kind of interesting pages 'turn-up.' As always with this

Swords into Plowshares: Peaceful Weapon Recycling

Miss Cellania

And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation,

Brain Game: Really, Really Bad Rebus #19

I almost titled this Brain Game the Really, Really, Really Bad Rebus. Solve it (or peek) and you'll see why.

Morning Cup of Links: Atheist Hymn

Miss Cellania

A 1995 Newsweek editorial explains why shopping on the internet will never take off, websites will never influence elections, and newspapers are safe.

The Late Movies: The Short, Surreal Masterpieces of Jan Švankmajer

Ransom Riggs

Suppressed by his own government and almost unknown in the West until the 1980s, today Czech animator and filmmaker Jan Švankmajer is one of the world's most celebrated animators, and can count T

The Quick 10: George George and 9 Other Reduplicated Names

Stacy Conradt

When people with first name surnames (Aaron, Thomas, etc.) have a child and decide to basically name that child their surname for a first name as well, is it because they think it’s funny?

"There Will Be Blood," SNES Style

Chris Higgins

Spoiler alert: if you haven't seen 2007's There Will Be Blood, the video below is a massive spoiler -- in the best possible way.

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