Journalism students at Florida Atlantic University recently constructed their special final summer issue of the student newspaper. They avoided all their digital equipment and did it the old-fashioned way: with typewriters, paste-up editing, and cameras with film. Part one and part two. (via Laughing Squid)
The Hanging at Mankato. The story of the 1852 execution of thirty-eight Dakota Indians is told in pictures and the memories of those who witnessed it.
The Dark Knight Rises is the new Batman... READ ON
Nearly everyone has heard of Mata Hari, one of the most cunning and seductive spies of all-time. Except that statement isn't entirely true. Cunning and seductive, yes. Spy? Probably not.
Margaretha Geertruida Zelle was the eldest daughter of a hat store owner who was quite wealthy thanks to some savvy oil investments. When her mother died, her father remarried and shuffled his children off to various relatives. To escape, an 18-year-old Margaretha answered an ad in the paper that might have read... READ ON
In case you weren't obsessively refreshing mentalfloss.com all week, here's what you... READ ON
Forget going around the world in 80 days, try one minute. The editing of this clip is so fantastic. Makes me want to hop on a plane! (Thanks Carl!)
From the Annals of Compassion: "That truck driver you flipped off? Let me tell you his story." Also let me point you to one of the best articles I've ever read - it's a doozie for length so print it out and take some time with it! A Fleet Of One: the life of long-haul truckers.
No better way to learn about historical events than through the eyes of... READ ON
Today Deion Sanders is being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. But even if the legendary cornerback weren't enshrined in Canton, history would remember Neon Deion. After all, he has two rules named in his honor.
Take Your... READ ON
Probably the most delicious thing I've seen all week. Not craving beets? Didn't think you even liked beets? You may well change your tune after this lovely recipe video. If all recipes came with videos like this I would be inspired by cooking far more than I am!
I'm cruising through the George R. R. Martin A Song of Ice and Fire series right now (yes the one HBO's "Game of Thrones" is based on), so I may be biased, but for more objective fans, cast your Vote For the Top-100 Science Fiction and Fantasy... READ ON
The first time Roy G. Biv flew in the name of LGBT rights was on June 25, 1978, in the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade. Reportedly inspired by Judy Garland's "Over the Rainbow," artist Gilbert Baker hand-dyed a banner with eight stripes, each with symbolic meaning:
Hot Pink: Sexuality
I guess that technically means the first flag that flew for LGBT rights was H. Roy... READ ON
France's last execution via guillotine was in 1977.