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The Time Dick Clark Explored His Dark Side

Bill DeMain

Image via The Video Beat Amidst all yesterday’s eulogies and well-deserved tributes for the great Dick Clark, I was surprised to learn that he did a little acting.

Brain Game: Pretty, Wooden, Thin

"Pretty, wooden, thin..." Hey, I think I dated her some years ago.

Morning Cup of Links: Feeling Old

Miss Cellania

TV host Dick Clark died yesterday at age 82. Here are some of his most memorable on-air moments. * How War Can Make Dehumanizing and Horrific Events Seem Normal.

World War I Centennial: Dire Straits

Erik Sass

Installment #13: Since the time of the Trojan War, the narrow straits between Europe and Asia have been crossed by merchants and armies, diplomats and traitors.

RIP Dick Clark (1929-2012)

Kara Kovalchik

© Bettmann/CORBIS Since so much will be written about Dick Clark’s tenure on American Bandstand and the Pyramid game shows elsewhere, we'll try to provide you with some Dick Clark stories you

The Late Movies: The Pixies' "Doolittle" Turns 23 Today

Chris Higgins

Today marks the 23rd anniversary of the release of Doolittle, a landmark album by the Pixies that influenced boatloads of musicians in the ensuing years (though most musicians I know pretend they like

The 10 Largest Airports in the World As Seen From Above

David K. Israel

I’ve always loved flying, especially the approach to a new airport from above - the joy of discovering the runway and terminal design for the first time, etc.

Morbid Road Trip: The Scattered Artifacts of Lincoln’s Assassination

Matt Soniak

Almost every item even remotely connected to Lincoln’s assassination, death, and funeral later found its way into some special collection.

All Together Now: Civil Rights and The Beatles' First American Tour

Bill DeMain

© Bettmann/CORBIS “We will not appear unless Negroes are allowed to sit anywhere,” The Beatles said in a press statement on September 6, 1964. Halfway through a 23-city U.S.

Dietribes: The Green Bean Caper

Allison Keene

• A bean by any other name … would still be a bean.

Why Do Bugs Turn Over on Their Backs When They Die?

Matt Soniak

Bug image via Shutterstock It doesn’t happen to every single bug, but if you stumble upon an expired roach in the bathroom or a downed fly by the window, you’ll find that they’re frequently flat on

Neil deGrasse Tyson: Deeply Cosmic and Fascinatingly Disturbing Thoughts

Chris Higgins

On March 26, Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson participated in a talk on "Cosmic Quandaries" in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Brain Game: Short Spell #10

Today's Wednesday Wordplay challenge at the mentalfloss.com Brain Game is filled with commonly-misspelled words that begin with the letter "E." Four are spelled correctly; one is not.

Morning Cup of Links: Cats in Space!

Miss Cellania

Manufactured outrage is just another example of political theater.

The Late Movies: Songs About Hard Work on Tax Night

Erica Palan

I don't know about you _flossers, but I just forked over a few hundred hard-earned dollars to Uncle Sam.

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