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"Come On Eileen" is 30 Years Old

Chris Higgins

In today's "feel old again" news, the classic song "Come On Eileen" by Dexy's Midnight Runners turned 30 this week. The original single was released on June 26, 1982.

10 Shocking Secrets of Flight Attendants

the mag

Heather Poole is the author of Cruising Attitude: Tales of Crashpads, Crew Drama, and Crazy Passengers at 35,000 Feet. We begged her to reveal 10 workplace secrets.

Why is Turtle Wax Called Turtle Wax?

Kara Kovalchik

Why is America’s favorite game show consolation prize called “Turtle Wax”? Benjamin Hirsch started mixing up batches of his special formula liquid car polish in his Chicago bathtub in 1945.

The 2012 Olympic Torch Relay

Miss Cellania

Less than a month to go before the opening of the London Olympics, and we are halfway through the 70-day Olympic Torch Relay that takes the Olympic Flame through all four countries of the United Kingd

Brain Game: The End of Time

Kara and I are hosting a mental_floss session (Trivia! Puzzles! Prizes!) next Thursday at the "End of Time" Mensa American Gathering in Reno.

Every Product Billy Mays Ever Pitched

Adrienne Crezo

Billy Mays, America's favorite infomercial star, died three years ago today.

How Did the Term "Open a Can of Worms" Originate?

Matt Soniak

Metaphorically speaking, to open a can of worms is to examine or attempt to solve some problem, only to inadvertently complicate it and create even more trouble.

Morning Cup of Links: Pain and Lies

Miss Cellania

The Google X laboratory unveiled an artificial intelligence computer that can learn new concepts from raw data on the internet.

The Late Movies: 5 Smart People Say Smart Things in 5 Minutes or Less

Chris Higgins

Big Think has interviewed a staggering array of smart people, and is posting micro-interviews on YouTube. For tonight's viewing, I thought I'd collect five favorites.

Facts on a Plane (Or: Entertain Me on My Way Home From Chicago)

Jason English

If the Gogo Flight Tracker is accurate, I'm writing this at 31,083 feet. I'm also kinda bored and looking to justify including my in-flight wi-fi purchase on tomorrow's expense report.

The Missing Links: Cooking Up An Internet Frenzy

Colin Patrick

Bad News: You Cut Your Finger. Good News: That Might Have Been Your First Step Toward Saving A Life. This kit is one of the most brilliant ideas I’ve seen in a while.

Proving ?R² Using Chains, a Ruler, and Sixty Seconds

Chris Higgins

In this brief video, Minute Physics shows a visual proof demonstrating why ?R² gets you the area of a circle.

What Do Olympians Eat? 5 Crazy Training Diets

Danny Groner

Back in 2008, during the Beijing Olympics, we were regaled with stories about the monstrous 12,000 calorie daily diet that American swimming sensation Michael Phelps consumed while gearing up for the

Dietribes: Apricots

Allison Keene

• Apricots originated in China more than 4,000 years ago. The fruit made its way through the Persian Empire and through the Mediterranean where they became a staple.

Last Chance: 20% Off Sale!

Andréa Fernandes

*Sale excludes magazine subscriptions, package deals, and clearance

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