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The Late Movies: Twin Peaks Parodies

Yesterday’s post about a never-made video game based off cult-classic Twin Peaks had me thinking about Agent Cooper, Laura Palmer, Bob, the Log Lady and the rest of cast of David Lynch’s TV drama. Here, I’ve rounded up some parodies to keep you feeling mysterious. AFI Presents: TV Or Not TV? This 1990 special stars Michael McKean, [...]

Biting Facts About Braces

BRACES ON THE BLACK MARKET In the early 2000s, an unusual fashion craze hit Thailand after magazines there began featuring pics of teenage girls sporting colorful braces. Suddenly, every girl on the block wanted to strap metal to her teeth, even if she already had a perfect smile. But because most orthodontists refuse to apply braces [...]

Odds/Ends: Alyssa Milano + Clean Water + Split Decision

This may sound made up, but Alyssa Milano has been one of our biggest supporters over the years. She’s introduced thousands of people to mental_floss; “through a link tweeted by Alyssa Milano” finished surprisingly high on a recent survey of how people first found us. For her 38th birthday, she’s trying to raise money for [...]

For $3,500, Alyssa Milano Will Follow You on Twitter

Actress Alyssa Milano is raising money for an orphanage in Haiti by offering to follow on Twitter the highest bidder in an auction: Alyssa Milano will follow you on Twitter for a minimum of 90 days, will retweet one of your tweets and will send out a tweet including your @twitterhandle. It will be at the celebrity’s [...]

What Alyssa Milano Wants for Her 37th Birthday

One of our most vocal and visible fans is actress Alyssa Milano, who has been spreading the word about mental_floss via Twitter to her 460,000 followers. Feels like we owe her something. A gift subscription? A mental_floss t-shirt? Too self-promotional? OK, maybe we can mention her charity. She turns 37 later this month, and what she [...]

The Impossible Has Happened: Polaroid Is Back

Founders of The Impossible Project have just announced a huge deal: Polaroid instant cameras and film are coming back to the market in 2010. After being discontinued over the past few years, Polaroid fans have lamented the lack of film packs, and many commercial Polaroid instant camera users (for example, in the fashion industry) have [...]