Fredric Baur invented the Pringles can. When he died in 2008, his ashes were buried in one.
For the last 36 years, tuba (and euphonium) players all over the world have gathered to celebrate the holiday season by playing traditional Christmas tunes together.
A colleague of mine, the YouTube sensation Lisa Nova, scored a rare, personal interview with Jane Fonda last week after the two connected via Twitter.
Here are some behind-the-scenes tidbits about a handful of holiday small-screen favorites.
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This _flossy pair did the entire QR code hunt in a staggering 30 minutes!
Dan Lewis runs the popular daily newsletter Now I Know ("Learn Something New Every Day, By Email"). We've invited him to share some of his stories on mental_floss this month.
Some of you might be wondering why it's been a few weeks since there's been an installment of Talking Pictures.
As promised, here are your four starting locations, brought to you by the good folks at our favorite NYC pizza chain, Two Boots!
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I love the holidays, especially all the traditional preparation involved: baking cookies, decorating the house, trimming the tree, buying Christmas presents and all the rest of the rituals.
Last night, talk show host Conan O'Brien revealed his holiday decorations (which includes Godzilla, King Kong, and the Christmas UFO) while wearing a Santa Claus beard composed of tree lights.
1. Mistletoe, not unlike some you may have smooched beneath it, is a parasite. The plant sucks water and minerals through a sinister-sounding bump called a haustorium that forms on the host tree.
"We are like butterflies who flutter for a day and think it's forever." -Carl Sagan So ends this inspiring video in which Sagan reads from his classic Pale Blue Dot, while we see famou
By changing one letter at a time to form different English words, and leaving all other letters in their original positions, convert REIN into DEER in the fewest steps possible.
The Most Heroic Animals of 2010. Read stories of dogs, cats, horses, dolphins, rabbits, and a cow that might leave you a little verklempt.
If you've ever been to 826 Valencia (aka The Pirate Store) in San Francisco or The Brooklyn Superhero Supply Store, then you're already familiar with the concept behind the Hoxton Street Mon
In case you missed it, last weekend's Project for Awesome was an incredible and sort of unprecedented outpouring of activism on behalf of (what seemed like) the entire YouTube community.