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The Silent Marx Brother

Neatorama presents a guest post from actor, comedian, and voiceover artist Eddie Deezen. Visit Eddie at his website. Was there ever a stranger, more unique, or more lovable movie star than Harpo Marx? Adolph Arthur Marx (later Harpo) was born in New York City in 1888. He got his famous nickname in a casual poker game [...]

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 [...]

13 Deliciously Geeky Pies

We’ve featured all kinds of geeky cakes, and while they may be the easiest to decorate, they are far from being the only nerdy desserts around. Here are some geeky pies for the proud pastry-loving dorks out there. 1. Deadpie If you love Deadpool and pies, then you might want to try your hand at making this [...]

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 [...]

Way More Than You Ever Wanted to Know About Hello Kitty

You know her name. You’ve seen her signature red ribbon. And even though you’re curious, you’ve never had the courage to learn more because you’re not a seven-year old girl. Don’t worry; your secret is safe with us. To help you out, we’ve come up with a list of everything you’ve ever wanted to know [...]

What Happens to a Donor’s DNA in a Blood Transfusion?

Reader Cathy wrote in wondering what becomes of a donor’s DNA once it gets inside another person during a blood transfusion. Most of the time, the answer is nothing, because the donor’s DNA never makes the trip to a new home. Modern transfusions typically use only certain components of blood (i.e. red and white blood cells, [...]

The Quick 10: Billionaires Behaving Badly

One of the heirs to the Johnson & Johnson fortune was arrested this week. Not for a DUI or drug charges, as the arrests of other heiresses might cause you to suspect, but for theft. Shocking, but she’s not the only person about to come into millions (or billions) that has behaved badly. Here are [...]