ABBA had to negotiate the rights to their name with a canned fish company.
On December 11, 1816, Indiana became the 19th state.
Bilbo Baggins vs. Thorin Oakenshield
A real-life attorney evaluates the legal contract of one famous ring-carrying Hobbit to see if it would have held up in a court of law.
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Written by Andy McCluskey (1980)
Performed by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (better known as OMD)
I'm on a conference call and curious, but it would be rude to do the research. (Posting this of course is not at all rude.)
President Lincoln's funeral train in Philidelphia near the start of its 13 day journey from Washington to Springfield.
The Overview Effect is a term describing the cognitive effects of viewing Earth from space.
When you sidle up to your sweetie for a smooch beneath the mistletoe this year, try not to think too much about the provenance of the plant's name.
Need a gift for that ultimate Super Nintendo fan you know? Look no further than this ebay listing, which contains all 721 SNES games ever made for the United States, Mexico, and Canada, for a mere
New York City has been called many things—“The Great American Melting Pot,” “Gotham,” “The City that Never Sleeps”—but its most famous nickname, without a doubt, is “The Big Apple.” But where did this
Here's a brand new Monday Math Square for today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game challenge - #150 in the long-running series.
The Best Literary Quotes Ever Tattooed. They must really have a deep meaning, at least for the one person who decided to keep each one forever.
17 Uncomfortable Moments Under The Mistletoe.
Spooky but mesmerizing: a real-time map of of births and deaths in the United States (click on the image to get to the map itself).
Very cool: "Super Mario Beads 3," a suburban stop-moti
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