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17 Famous Literary Characters Almost Named Something Else

“Bladorthin the Grey” just doesn’t have the same ring to it as “Gandalf the Grey,” does it? Good thing J.R.R. Tolkien decided to do some name swapping. Turns out he’s in good company: here’s the story of Gandalf and other famous characters who experienced an identity change before publication. 1. The only Pevensie child [...]

9 Horrific Horror Films

Bad horror films are a dime a dozen, right? So why single out these nine? Well, they were the kind of horrific that makes you feel like you want those 90 minutes back – and with interest! Clearly a list like this is pretty subjective. Add your own or tell me why I’m wrong about [...]

Guerrilla City Planning

A few years ago, I wrote a short fictional newspaper article about “guerrilla city planners.” In the story, these rogues painted “keep clear” signs and put up stop and yield signs wherever they were needed. While a recent review of the story reminded me that it wasn’t very well-written, I still had to give myself a [...]

Pokémon Balls Subdermal Implants

This image has been going around the Internet for a few days, but thanks to Anime News Network, we now know who acquired these Pokémon balls subdermal implants. His name is Alex Finch, and he is a hardcore fan: Finch spoke with ANN and stated that he has been a fan of the Pokémon videogame and [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Dolls That Will Keep You Awake Tonight

I love a good scare, but like most people, I have a line that just shouldn’t be crossed. And that line involves blinky eyes, cracked porcelain skin, and oddly-jointed bodies. Yup: dolls scare the crap out of me. I’m in good company though – it seems like plenty of people out there are terrified of [...]

Gabe Marsh No Legs and Only One Arm

Gabe Marsh a 6-year-old with no legs and one arm, is ‘the greatest accomplishment’ on the Guntersville swim teamWhen the Marshes adopted another child, Ed told his wife, Ann, “Well, there’s one you’ll never have swim.”His pessimism was understandable. Gabe, the seventh of their 10 adopted children, was born with no legs and one arm.Even [...]

6 Christmas Episodes Worth Mentioning

Holiday episodes tend to be a bit generic. How many times can you rework A Christmas Carol or The Gift of the Magi into a sitcom plot? Here are a smattering of episodes worth mentioning either because they’re rare, different or doggone it, because I just like ‘em. 1. Bewitched Bewitched had many traditional Christmas episodes during [...]

The Quick Seven: Seven Haunted Objects

As promised, we’re back to our Halloween-related posts here on the Q10. Haunted objects have long been the subject of many a horror tale – haunted vehicles (Christine, of course), haunted dolls (the dreaded Chucky, among others) and haunted clowns (that creepy toy in Poltergeist, ugh). But haunted objects exist in real life, too – [...]

The Haunted Plantation

The Myrtles Plantation in St. Francisville, Louisiana bills itself as “One of America’s Most Haunted Homes”. It operates as a bed and breakfast, so for as little as $115 a night (plus tax), you can stay there and see for yourself how haunted it really is. The Myrtles Plantation house was built by David Bradford, who [...]

mental_floss on The Today Show!

Visit msnbc.com for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy Well this just about made my month. This morning, Al Roker, Ann Curry & Natalie Morales spent a Today Show segment discussing Stacy Conradt’s blockbuster story on secret menu items at fast food restaurants. I’m going to celebrate with a Neapolitan shake. If anyone [...]