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The Late Movies: 6 Important Lessons Learned From Bill Nye

The walls of educational heaven are lined with photos of the best teachers: Miss Frizzle. Mr. Wizard. And Bill Nye, the Science Guy. Nye, who turns 57 years young today, taught children the basics of science on his popular television show. For me, his lessons often stuck more than those I learned in schools. Here, [...]

The War on Women, Waged in Postcards

It took 80 years of protests and campaigning before women achieved the right to vote in the United States, and it finally happened in 1920. That was less than 100 years ago! Along the way, the anti-suffrage movement used some nasty and ridiculous arguments to deny women the vote, a lot of which is enshrined [...]

Trivia Contest With Pat Kiernan Starts Now!

You may have heard that I’m teaming up with mental_floss and TrivWorks to put on The Ultimate Halloween Pop Culture Trivia Night at the Bell House on October 29. But we couldn’t wait to start in on the fun, so we’re holding an online trivia contest on mental_floss, right here, right now. Here’s how it works: [...]

Cassette Portraits

With perfectly minimal accents, artist Beloit Jammes turns audio cassettes into portraits and movie posters. This one almost certainly references Kill Bill. You can view the rest at Jammes’s Flickr stream. Artist’s Flickr Stream -via Ian Brooks

7 Politicians Who Appeared on Game Shows

As we’ve been seeing lately, everything politicians have done since birth ends up being in the news—especially during election time. Game show appearances are no exception, so check out these seven politico contestants. Some did surprisingly well; others should definitely stick to their day jobs. 1. Ronald Reagan on I’ve Got a Secret, 1961 A pre-politics Reagan [...]

The Missing Links: Beard Yeast Beer

I’m Gonna Pass on the Face Yeast Beer This brewery is going to start making beer with yeast they harvested from their brewmaster’s bearded face. * It’s Just Your Common, Everyday Nazi Space Rock Buddha Statue This thing is pretty cool. * Relax, Internet Friends There will be no bacon shortage. * The Bride & O-Ren Hug It Out If you’re [...]

9 Tips for Planning a William Taft Birthday Bash

Looking for a way to liven up your Saturday night? Here’s a complete idiot’s guide to throwing a 155th birthday bash for America’s largest-and-in-chargest commander-in-chief: the great William Howard Taft. 1. The Food Almonds, almonds, and more almonds. Smokehouse, cinnamon, vinegar, chocolate – any flavor under the sun. Big Lub, as he was fondly known, couldn’t get [...]

8 Famous People With Purple Hearts

Most of you already know that Purple Hearts are medals awarded to soldiers who have been injured by the enemy while serving in the U.S. Military (or posthumously to those killed in combat), but you might not know that these famous figures have received the medal. 1. Charles Bronson Getty Images You know Charles Bronson for his roles [...]

Music History #4: “Cloudbusting”

Editor’s Note: This is the fourth installment of Bill DeMain’s new(ish) column, where he explores the real historical events that inspired various songs. “Music History” appears twice a month—unless we can convince Bill that twice a month is not sufficient! “Cloudbusting” Written and Performed by Kate Bush (1984) The Music Kate Bush has always had a way of making [...]

Tie a Bow Tie with Bill Nye

If you’re sartorially challenged and never learned to tie a bowtie, like Chris Hardwick of Nerdist, take heart … and learn from the master: Bill Nye the Science Guy. Take a look (and then listen to his podcast with Bill): Hit play or go to Link [YouTube] – via The Daily What Got that? Maybe you should [...]