Reed Hastings was inspired to start Netflix after a $40 late fee on a VHS copy of Apollo 13.
Along with my post from a few weeks ago about Chinese ghost malls, file this under "weird stories from China." (Maybe I'll start calling them Strange Chinographies?) While the US is gr
Remember Jack Horner, the paleontologist who inspired a character in Jurassic Park (Dr. Alan Grant) and who was a technical consultant on the film? Of course you do.
7-year-old Wins Art Contest by Accident
Rebekah Poulain of Torquay, Devon, England thought she was uploading her child's artwork to a private folder online, but mistakenly added it to a public f
NCAA football hardware has been all over the news lately.
I'm not quite old enough to remember when the press blasted John Lennon for saying that The Beatles were "bigger than Jesus." Of course, the band had a hard time living down the stateme
TV writer Leonard Stern, who co-created Mad Libs in 1958, recently passed away at the age of 88.
A street in Stockholm is painted with an illusion.
It's once again time for the game that's sweeping that interwebs. All the clips below have a common theme. Can you figure it out?
Get comfortable, pop a Teamocil, crank up your favorite Dr.
In Spring of 2010, Haley Sweetland Edwards took us on a tour of Yemen for the Spinning the Globe section of mental_floss magazine.
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Michael J. Fox was born 50 years ago today. But as Stacy Conradt once told us, he wasn't Michael J. back then. He was Michael A. Fox, for Andrew.
You spend hours with it each day. Your fingertips know it intimately. But how familiar are you with your keyboard's
When I learned how to tie my shoes as a kid, I was taught what I now know is a granny knot.
One of my favorite things about New York City is the incredible variety of stores, restaurants and services the city contains.
Earlier this week I was working on a list of science fiction-inspired furniture when I became distracted by a number of creative science fiction quilts.