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10 Actors’ Dramatic Departures from Popular Shows

As the season premiere of Two and a Half Men edges closer, many fans are alternately waiting to see how the addition of Ashton Kutcher to the cast will change the show while simultaneously shaking their heads over an actor (we’re looking at you, Charlie Sheen) who was unwilling to rein in his self-destructive behavior [...]

Top Quizzes of 2010: Trading Places, Coming to America or Beverly Hills Cop? (#13)

This week we’ll be counting down some of the top mental_floss quizzes of 2010. Enjoy! During his heyday, Eddie Murphy pumped out hit movies at a spectacular rate. Three of his most popular (and funniest) were Trading Places, Coming to America and Beverly Hills Cop. Can you pick which movie each quote comes from? Take the Quiz: [...]

January’s 10 Most Popular Quizzes

1. The Cable Connector Quiz by David K. Israel * 2. Lifetime Movie or Megadeth Song? by Craig Dorfman * 3. Trading Places, Coming to America or Beverly Hills Cop? by Brett Savage * 4. World Leader or NFL Placekicker? by Jason English * 5. Longsnapper or VP Candidate? by Jason English * 6. Mac or PC? by David K. Israel * 7. The Brady Bunch Theme Quiz by Sandy Wood & Kara Kovalchik * 8. [...]

Trading Places, Coming to America, or Beverly Hills Cop?

Three of Eddie Murphy’s funniest movies came out in the mid-80s. In this Lunchtime Quiz at mental_floss, you are challenged to identify twelve quotes. Did they come from Trading Places, Coming to America, or Beverly Hills Cop? Despite (or maybe because of) the fact that I’ve seen all three movies again fairly recently, I only [...]

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Larry King

Larry King is one of television news’ most immediately recognizable personalities, and it’s not just because of his trademark glasses and suspenders. King has interviewed all sorts of subjects, from contentious beauty queens to influential world leaders, and has a unique knack for getting them to open up. Here are five things you might not [...]

7 Historic Hollywood Landmarks

Whether it’s Grauman’s Chinese Theater or that iconic nine letter sign, Hollywood is rife with historical landmarks. Here are seven that had a small part in making Hollywood the movie capital of the world. 1. Knickerbocker Hotel Built in 1925, the Knickerbocker is one of the oldest hotels in Hollywood, and has a storied history unlike any [...]

Making of an Oscar statuette

The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are presented annually by the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS)to recognize excellence of professionals in the film industry, including directors, actors, and writers. The formal ceremony at which the awards are presented is one of the most prominent award ceremonies in the world. [...]

9 Things you probably don’t know about the Beatles

Today is 09/09/09, and you know what that means! The big Beatles Rock Band release. (GET IT? Number 9, number 9, number 9…) To get you in the mood, here are 9 rather obscure facts about those four lads from Liverpool that we bet you don’t know. (Nein?) 1. Before Lennon/McCartney there was McCartney/Lennon If you pick [...]