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The Surprising Last Words of 11 Entertainers

What do actors, musicians, and writers say when they die? I consulted the reference Last Words of Notable People by Bill Brahms to collect eleven examples. Read on, and get a hanky ready. 1. Bob Hope (1903-2003) The words: “Surprise me.” The story: “Bob” Hope’s full name was Leslie Townes Hope. As an actor [...]

Bud, The First Dog to Ride Across America In A Car

These days, plenty of people take their dogs with them when they drive across the country, but there was a time when taking a car across the U.S. was a big deal for humans -let alone a dog. That’s why Bud became such big news when he rode across the nation with Horatio Nelson Jackson [...]

The Late Movies: Classic Super Bowl Commercials

If you, like me, learned everything you know about football from Friday Night Lights (the TV series, not the movie. Duh.), you probably watch the Super Bowl for the commercials. Whether it was famous frogs, talking babies, thirsty supermodels or something a little more outrageous, advertising during the big game has become almost as relevant [...]

Attention Cleveland-Area _flossers!

Cleveland Plain Dealer columnist and mental_floss contributor Bud Shaw has always had a soft spot for the quirky side of sports. His travels have put him in the living room of wrestler Jesse “The Body” Ventura, who would later become governor of Minnesota, in the office of a Buddhist monk in Japan who was dressed [...]

The Late Movies: The Andy Griffith Show

Sunday is the 50th anniversary of the premiere of The Andy Griffith Show. There’s no better time to relive some of the classic moments in the show, with some parodies and remixes thrown in as well. Find out more in the post Remembering the People of Mayberry. Now enjoy the Late Movies! The Preamble to the [...]

Grow Your Own Replacement Teeth

A group of British scientists suggest that you will soon be able to replace missing teeth by growing replacements. The procedure is fairly simple. Doctors take stem cells from the patient. These are unique in their ability to form any of the tissues that make up the body. By carefully nurturing the stem cells in a [...]

What Your Taste in Beer Says About You

The market research firm Mindset Media studied the cultural and economic behaviors of beer drinkers and discerned certain trends among buyers of particular beers. Among the brands studied are Budweiser, Bud Light, Corona, Heineken, and Blue Moon. Beth Snyder Bulik wrote about the study in Ad Age. Here’s what she wrote about Budweiser drinkers: True to [...]

Month in Review: August’s Most Popular Stories

Numbers-wise, August was our best month ever. Remember when Mark McGwire broke Roger Maris’ home run record? Our August stats were like that, except if instead of hitting 70 home runs, McGwire had started a website and racked up 22,000,000 pageviews. Thanks to all 7-million-plus of you who stopped by. Here’s a look back at [...]