Michael Jackson wanted to do a Harry Potter musical. J.K. Rowling said no.
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The NBA players and owners have finally worked out their differences, at least enough to begin an abbreviated 2011-12 season, which will get its start on Christmas Day.
The Curse of the Demon Core. The nuclear ball killed two scientists but spared a swimming pig.
The Arab League is sanctioning Syria for violence against its protesting citizens.
If you’re stumped for a gift this year and look to your favorite repetitive Christmas song for inspiration, be prepared to shell out a few clams.
Open University is a UK-based organization that seeks to educate through distance learning, providing online content for anyone with an internet connection.
If you haven't yet heard of Pinterest, it's a relatively new site that acts as a virtual pinboard, with an emphasis on the visual.
In case you missed it last week, Research Editor and mentalfloss.com regular Kara Kovalchik was on NPR's Talk of the Nation right before Thanksgiving.
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In 1884, a young researcher named Sigmund Freud was studying the mysteries of the human brain when he wrote an article about cocaine.
Earlier this year, Rob Lammle discussed the life of Stalin's daughter Svetlana in a piece on famous defectors. The New York Times is reporting that she passed away last week in Wisconsin.
Last week Oxford Dictionaries named "squeezed middle" the Global Word of the Year,* edging out terms like "clicktivism," "fracking" and "tiger mother." A quick
I was sort of a linguistic snob in college. I preferred big words to small, little-known words to ubiquitous, and archaic to colloquial.
Accountant and Cosmos aficionado Callum Sutherland has remixed the landmark Carl Sagan documentary Cosmos into a "Choose-Your-Own-Adventure" style video series called Imagination.
As promised, here's a brand new Monday Math Square for today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game.
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Parents always wonder what their kid's future will be, but when it comes to potential athletic success, DNA carries some telltale signs.