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The Missing Links: Ketchup Goes Kaboom

The Man That Cues the Laughter Wally Feresten has been holding up cue cards for cast members and nervous guest hosts on Saturday Night Live for 22 years. * Bullfighting: In Pictures No matter if you’re of the opinion that bullfighting is barbaric or a beautiful art form, these startling pictures will probably solidify that opinion. Be [...]

Alternate Histories: 7 More Ways the World Could Be Completely Different

We covered some of the many alternate histories out there. Here are seven more intriguing ways the world could be completely different. 1. What if the Romans won the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest? Effect: No one would speak English. Explanation: In What If? (1999), edited by Robert Cowley, historians pondered what would happen if historical events had [...]

How a Friendly Writing Contest Resulted in Three Literary Classics

These days, damp, rainy spells usually inspire us to curl up on the couch and watch an American Pickers marathon (tell me that’s not just me). But back in 1816 – also known as “The Year Without a Summer” – the results were much different. The summer was rainy and abnormal because India’s Mount Tambora (“Pompeii [...]

Bram Stoker’s Dracula

It was a dark and stormy night… no, it really was. And that was the perfect setting for telling one of the scariest stories of all time. Here’s how it happened. CABIN FEVER It all started in the summer of 1816. Percy Bysshe Shelley, the famed English poet, was vacationing along the shores of Lake Geneva in [...]

What Should I Ask the Mythbusters?

mental_floss has been offered an interview with three of the Mythbusters: Adam Savage, Jamie Hyneman, and Kari Byron. There’s a new season of Mythbusters starting in two weeks, and Kari Byron is also hosting the new science show Head Rush, a commercial-free hour of experiments on the Science Channel every weekday at 4pm. Anyway, for this [...]

Tekno Bubbles

While we were waiting for Zubbles, I completely missed the development of black light bubbles! Tekno Bubbles are the creation of Byron and Melody Swetland. They glow blue or gold under ultraviolet light, available in one ounce or gallon sizes. You don’t even have to blow bubbles to enjoy this -you can paint the bubble [...]