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15 Memorable mental_floss Moments of 2011

A lot of exciting things happened in the mental_floss universe in 2011. Here are the 15 we could remember. 1. We Helped Solve a Back to the Future Mystery Back in August, we threw out a question for discussion: “Is it ever explained why Marty hangs out with Doc Brown? He’s just in Doc’s house to start [...]

A Strange Turn of Events on a Slow News Day

On Monday, I posted a clip of my two-year-old playing with her U.S. Presidents placemat alongside our “can you guess the president by his placemat portrait?” quiz. Gawker re-posted the video last night, and by this morning — and this is a sentence I hope I never type again — my daughter’s video had gone [...]

Neil deGrasse Tyson “Not the Boss of the Solar System,” Says News Industry

I’ll be writing about The Pluto Files, a NOVA program coming in March, over the next couple of weeks. But I thought I’d point you to this breaking news — in the video below, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Brian Williams, and Diane Sawyer have a thing or two to say about Neil deGrasse Tyson demoting [...]