Reed Hastings was inspired to start Netflix after a $40 late fee on a VHS copy of Apollo 13.
This edition of Not-So-Famous Firsts is dedicated to Mangesh's wife Lizzie and Jason's wife Ellen, who are both infanticipating and are slated to deliver their respective bundles of joy on o
Every Friday, I post a series of unrelated questions meant to spark conversation in the comments. Answer one, answer all, respond to someone else's reply, whatever you want.
If you find yourself yearning for a fresh dose of websites featuring something different and bizarre that you'd never think to look for yourself, you've come to the right place.
Here's a treat for your Friday: a quiet twelve-minute documentary about painters who hand-paint ads on building walls in New York City.
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Golfer Hits a Rock, Starts 12-acre Fire
Very dry conditions led to a freak accident at a country club in Irvine, California.
By changing one letter at a time to form different English words, and leaving all other letters in their original positions, convert LAY into EGG in the fewest steps possible.
OK, this is really more about how not to write jokes -- but sometimes learning by negative example is helpful, too.
Body art puts paint next to nothing. Artists once painted nude bodies on canvas; now the naked body IS the canvas!
Go Where? Sex, Gender, and Toilets.
The Ford Motor Company made more money in the first six months of 2010 than in the previous five years combined.
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For thousands of years humans have been playing guitars, mostly in ill-fated attempts to overcome severe genetic disadvantages and impress members of the opposite sex.
When I think of big statues, I tend to think of the Statue of Liberty and Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro. In truth, though, those statues are positively dwarfed by some lesser-known statues.
by Mark S. Longo
Mascots. You gotta love ’em. England has its bulldog, Canada has the beaver, and America … well, America has a New York meat packer.
One of the great things about blogging for mental_floss is meeting people from all over the Web who have pantloads of talent.
As college students head back to class for the fall semester, many of them will take classes with professors who are well known within their fields.