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10 Excellent Bookstore Cats

Not all bookstores have cats: the big chains don’t have cats, and some mom and pop stores keep their cats at home, so if you are allergic to cats, you can still find a place to browse for reading material. But you’ll find resident cats in many independent bookstores because they are nice to curl [...]

Do You Anger Bookstore Employees?

Do you buy or sell books at your local used bookstore? If so, you might not know it, but the clerks might secretly hate you. That’s not to say employees at these establishments are grouchy or miserable, it’s just that there are a lot of things people don’t understand about used bookstore procedures and etiquette. [...]

Top Secret!‘s Backwards Scene

Do you remember the Swedish bookstore scene in the movie Top Secret! that was obviously filmed backwards? The magic of shared online video brings us the scene reversed, which is to say. the way it was originally recorded. See both versions (from the movie and the reversed-engineered forward version) at The Litter Box. Link

Our Readers’ Favorite Bookstore Cats (Volume Three)

Many mental_floss readers contributed to the list of bookstore cats we met in the previous four posts on the subject -and I certainly appreciate your help! However, many of those favorites don’t have a picture or biography on the internet. Here are some of the few left that do. Francis BookCourt is a small, independent bookstore in [...]

The Ateneo Grand Splendid

Even for Buenos Aires, the Ateneo Grand Splendid is a big name for a business. From the looks of it, this bookstore is both grand AND splendid! Yes, it was built as a theater, in 1919. The conversion to a bookstore in 2000 was done with care to preserve the grandeur of the original theater. [...]

Our Readers’ Favorite Bookstore Cats (Volume Two)

It doesn’t take of lot of hard work for a cat to become famous: 1. get a job at a place where people gather, 2. have someone upload your photo to the internet, and 3. eventually, someone will request that you be featured at mental_floss! Here are more of our reader’s favorite bookstore cats. 1. Raffles Beers [...]

Our Readers’ Favorite Bookstore Cats (Volume One)

One of the ways independent book stores distinguish themselves from the big chain stores is to make their shop into a literary home, where people like to hang out. Having a cat (or many cats) around is a simple way to do that -and it keeps the mice away! When 12 Bookstore Cats was posted [...]

12 Bookstore Cats

Books and cats go together as well as peanut butter and jelly. You could file them under “things that are nice to curl up with” -at the same time! We featured a list of bookstore cats some time ago, but there are many stores with friendly and attractive cats. 1. Amber Flights of Fantasy bookstore in Colonie, [...]

Top Quizzes of ‘09: For Dummies. For Real? (#7)

Editor’s Note: For the next two weeks, we’ll be counting down this year’s most popular quizzes. At #7 we have a quiz about the ‘Dummies’ series, which was first posted on March 2nd. Also: Merry Christmas! When you wander through the reference section of any major bookstore, it seems like the people behind the For Dummies [...]