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The Eggheaded, Noggin-Filling Story of Eggnog

There’s something deeply polarizing about eggnog. People either love it or hate it and of those that love it, even they are usually at opposing sides when it comes to homemade nog versus the commercial variety. Whether you love it have drank gallons of it this year or hate it and gag at the very [...]

Behind the Scenes of The Hobbit Post-Production

Readying a film for theatrical release is a lengthy process that involves completing special and visual effects, editing scenes together, and even creating sequences from scratch—so it’s no surprise that the process often goes down to the wire. With The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Peter Jackson and his crew are taking that to the extreme: [...]

The Missing Links: How You Spend Your Day

Fan Video Games Are Much Better Than Fan Fiction A recent Reddit AMA conducted by Dan Harmon, the recently-ousted creator of the show Community, inspired one fan to create a lost scene in video game format. * Chicago Children (And Some of Their Parents) Have Never Experienced School Recess School recess is as American as a dessert [...]

Alton Brown Is Our New Food Columnist!

Big news! Food Network legend Alton Brown has joined the mental_floss gang as our new food columnist! Considering we’ve described mental_floss as “Good Eats, but, you know, about everything,” this feels like a perfect fit. His big debut is in the new issue, which should be on newsstands and in mailboxes any day now. Like everything [...]

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Duncan Hines

You may have a box of Duncan Hines cake mix in your cupboard, but you may not have known that, unlike Betty Crocker, Hines was a real person. Here are five things about the patron saint of powdered dessert mixes that might surprise you. 1. He Got His Start as a Salesman Hines wasn’t a chef [...]

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Alton Brown

If you’re interested in the technical aspects and scientific side of cooking, you’re probably an Alton Brown fan. Let’s take a look at five things you may not know about the former commercial director who became a Food Network star: 1. He Took His Sweet Time Earning his Degree Brown attended the University of Georgia in the [...]

10 Neat Facts About SpongeBob SquarePants

Are ya ready kids? Aye, aye captain! I can’t heeeeaaaar yoooouuu! AYE, AYE CAPTAIN! Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? Sponge Bob Square Pants! Absorbent and yellow and porous is he. Sponge Bob Square Pants! If nautical nonsense be somethin’ ya wish. … then read on ahead for Neatorama’s 10 Neat Facts About SpongeBob SquarePants! 1. We can thank Jacques Costeau for the [...]