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Happy Alaska Day (and an Alaska Fact You Never Thought You’d Hear)

Today is Alaska Day, the anniversary of the formal transfer of the Territory of Alaska from Russia to the United States. In some Alaskan towns, schools and businesses will close early and there will be parades and reenactments of the flag raising that sealed the transfer deal. If you can’t make it up there for the festivities, let’s celebrate [...]

Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Andre the Giant

It’s the 25th anniversary of The Princess Bride, and since everyone is chattering about the cast reunion and planning their post-debate viewing parties, now seems like as good a time as any to brush up on your Andre the Giant trivia. Here’s one fact to get you started: Despite Andre’s character Fezzik’s almost-superhuman strength, back problems [...]

Spider-Man at 50

The Amazing Spider-Man #692 is the 50th anniversary issue of the Spider-Man comic books. To honor the occasion, Spider-Man, whose alter ego Peter Parker is now a scientist in his 30’s, gets a teenage sidekick. It’ a big step that shows how far the character has grown from his roots as a shy teenager that [...]

The search for Amelia Earhart resumes

As the 75th anniversary of her disappearance approaches it is still unclear what happened to her. A new expedition will be launching this summer to tr…

Titanic Twitter Timeline

On April 15, the world will mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. The History Press has set up a Twitter account to send real-time (+100 years) updates on the progress of the ship and its only voyage. Start following now to get the whole story as it happened. Link -via the [...]

The First Episode of The Simpsons Aired 22 Years Ago Today

“Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire” originally aired on December 17, 1989. Not long after, you couldn’t go anywhere without seeing a Bart Simpson t-shirt. To celebrate the show’s copper anniversary (I’m told copper is the 22nd anniversary), here are some of the Simpsons quizzes we’ve run over the years.

Indyanimation

(YouTube link) To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jeff Gurwood recreated the opening scene in stop-motion animation. Indymation, starring action figures, took six months to complete. -via The Daily What Geek

Head on Brain in Brain

Henry Head, in a photograph taken in 1914 or in some other year, the documentation being unclear. by Marc Abrahams, Improbable Research staff Nowadays not many people read Brain on Head in Brain. That could change, because this year is the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Russell Brain’s mostly-admiring six-page essay called “Henry Head: A Man [...]

RSVP for Our Memphis Trivia Show/Pizza Party!

This year marks our 10th anniversary. To celebrate, Will and I are loading up the RV and taking the mental_floss Trivia Show on the road. And on September 8th, we’re coming to Memphis! Will there be party hats or a coloring contest with a ridiculously important prize? Maybe. There will also be pizza. Reserve your free tickets now [...]

Charles Schulz on the Peanuts Holiday Specials

Here’s an excerpt from the 1985 special It’s Your 20th TV Anniversary, Charlie Brown. There are worse ways to spend six minutes this morning.