In case you weren't obsessively refreshing mentalfloss.com all week, here's what you... READ ON
There have been quite a few earthquakes lately, but how much do you know about them? First step: take the quiz!
Have any of you Flossers been to one or some of the world's 33 strangest buildings? I saw the Gaudi ones in Barcelona - seeing is believing!
From my friend Jen, a reminder to check out Food Gawker. Just not while you're hungry. #DanjaZone... READ ON
“If you like, give me a ten dollars bill green american, in the letter, because never, I have not seen a ten dollars bill green american and I would like to have one of them.”... READ ON
Historical employment records are full of fantastic job titles that don't often show up in today's classifieds. Here are 15 professions with very interesting... READ ON
A love letter to letters: or, how to get your friends to actually send you a tangible piece of mail every once and awhile to give your email account a break!
Puzzle time: twist the letters around to make new ones. Here's another twist: you have to guess all of them within a certain amount of time. How far did you guys get? I never got past level two.
For anyone doubting that the Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth, they have seemingly taken over the one thing no one suspected: sports bars! In some pubs,... READ ON
Labor Day weekend is traditionally what we think of as the end of summer. That's just a little sad, even if you love autumn as I do. For some folks, the summer of 2011 will be the most important summer they will ever remember. I had a summer like that forty years ago in 1971. One thing that sticks with me is the music. Take a little trip back in time with me for some of the tunes of 1971.
The Rolling Stones from the album Sticky Fingers. You could even unzip the fly on the album cover!
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Each week Miss Kathleen provides links to a variety of stories about libraries, authors, and books. If there's something noteworthy going on in your local library, leave us a... READ ON
The Cornell Creative Machines Lab works with chatbots – “machines designed to emulate the conversational abilities of humans, conversing with a human user and generally attempting to convince the user into thinking that the machine is human." In the course of their work they wondered what might happen if they introduced two chatbots to one another.
So, they “plugged the output of one machine into the input of a second, and the output of the second back into the first.” And what did they find?... READ ON
Let's do something a little different this week. Haiku Trivia! I've got a $50 mental_floss store shopping spree for the person who tells us the most amazing fact in haiku form. A couple runners-up will win mental_floss t-shirts.
wore a homemade scent made of
fish glue and manure
Carly Simon’s dad
is the “Simon” portion of
Simon & Schuster
Your turn! We won't be grading your haiku skills too harshly. You need not include any words that indicate the... READ ON
In 1865, six-year-old Teddy Roosevelt watched Abraham Lincoln’s funeral procession in NYC.