Reed Hastings was inspired to start Netflix after a $40 late fee on a VHS copy of Apollo 13.
Reader Cathy wrote in wondering what becomes of a donor’s DNA once it gets inside another person during a blood
On Fridays, 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.
In 1989, a couple of dudes spent six weeks driving across the country taking pictures of people in malls. The results were fantastic.
£20,000 Dog Wedding
Around 80 guests attended a lavish wedding in Bradwell-on-Sea, Essex, England.
Today is Free-for-All Friday, so there's no charge for today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game. (There never is, but humor me.) Enjoy!
Dennis has 3 pieces of in-circulation U.S.
As the Mountaintops Fall, a Coal Town Vanishes. The residents are leaving, and soon the native flora and fauna and the very contours of the earth will be gone a well. NYT link.
Tonight for the Late Movies, we have a collection of clips that probably took quite a few takes to get right.
After working on his book for years, John Kennedy Toole submitted his manuscript to several publishers. Initially, editor Robert Gottlieb wanted to publish it, but he soon lost interest.
Let's say you wanted to know what went down on last night's episode of Jeopardy! Well, you'd be in luck -- browse on over to the Show #6128 page on J!
The internet is full of flowcharts. But a lot of them are designed for strictly ridiculous or ironic purposes.
I posted a roundup of Peeps dioramas called Heaps of Peeps back in 2007 and Peeps Imitate Life in 2009.
Here's an amazingly excellent idea for a mash-up: a theatrical production of Terminator 2 re-written in the language of Shakespeare.
Every Thursday is Think Thursday at the mentalfloss.com Brain Game.
Jim and Dorothy Sprague wrongly believed they'd won $4.3 million in the Colorado Lottery; their six numbers matched the winning numbers printed in their local paper, the Pueblo Chieftan.
The Real Housewives of Wall Street. Rolling Stone lays out who the bailout funds went to and how they profit off them. (via Fark)
Kazimierz Piechowski escaped from Auschwitz.