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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Steven Spielberg

You probably know quite a bout about Steven Spielberg, the director of Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T., Schindler’s List, and the new movie Abraham Lincoln. But there are still surprising things about him that I never suspected. Sis you know producer Cubby Broccoli rejected Spielberg twice when he tried for a position directing [...]

Church Guards the Ark of the Covenant

A small church in Aksum, Ethiopia, claims to have the Ark of the Covenant. It is written in Ethiopia’s ancient book of kings that the son of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba (Menelik, conceived during a royal one night stand) brought the Ark from Israel. It is now kept at The Chapel of [...]

Dutchman builds full-size ark replica

A carpenter has spent three years and over one million pounds building a full size replica of Noah’s Ark. Johan Huibers undertook the mammoth project …

Who Invented the Knuckleball?

RAY STUBBLEBINE/Reuters/Landov New York Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey, the only active major leaguer who throws a knuckleball, hasn’t allowed an earned run in 42 2/3 innings and recently became the first pitcher since 1988 to throw back-to-back one-hitters. The 37-year-old, who looks to continue his mastery of opposing hitters on Sunday against the Yankees, is reinventing [...]

The Company That Quietly Knows Everything About You

Photo: Justin Bolle/The NY Times You probably have never heard of Axciom, but it has heard of you. Actually, not only has it heard of you, it knows all about you: It knows who you [...]

Adam Savage: About My “Indiana Jones” Hat

At this year’s Maker Faire, Adam Savage delivered a speech about “why we make” — a discussion largely about how Savage gets kids interested in making things. But first, he started with a story about his exquisitely perfect Indiana Jones fedora. He begins: “This is a replica of Harrison Ford’s hat from Raiders [...]

Raiders of the Lost Archives

This is a gem — a shot-by-shot comparison of Raiders of the Lost Ark with 30 different adventure films made between 1919-1973. It’s a thirteen-minute video that apparently took two years to make. I imagine much of that was finding and cataloguing every shot in those 30 adventure films, in order to match [...]

Ark of the Covenant to be revealed ?

The legendary biblical artefact may have to be moved from the church in which it is thought to reside. The Ark of the Covenant was brought to the fore…

The Duggars are Expecting #20

Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar, famous for their large family, are expecting another child. This one will be their 20th. The family is the subject of the TLC series currently titled 19 Kids and Counting, which will presumably change when the new one arrives in April. The Tontitown, Ark., couple, who are parents to children Joshua, [...]

Mad Scientist of the Month: Who’s Afraid of Taylor Wilson?

This article is your special sneak peek at the September-October issue of mental_floss magazine. by Judy Dutton At 10, he built his first bomb. At 14, he made a nuclear reactor. Now he’s 17… Taylor Wilson makes people nervous. While his beanpole frame and Justin Bieber–esque haircut suggest he’s just a harmless kid, his after-school activities paint a [...]