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Peanuts is Incredibly Depressing Without the Last Panel

You guys might remember Garfield Minus Garfield, a tweak on Jim Davis’ classic comic strip that swept the Internet a couple of years ago, but Snoopy and the gang have received the meme treatment as well. 3eanuts has noted that Charles Schulz was typically dependent on the last panel of the comic strip for his [...]

10 Performers Who Died Onstage

Whether it was a lackluster crowd or weak material, performers love trading stories about the night they absolutely died while doing their shtick. Here are 10 examples of performers that actually did die onstage. On the bright side, they did shuffle off the mortal coil while doing the thing they loved. 1. Lee Morgan On February 19, [...]

10 Peanuts Characters You’ve Probably Forgotten

Everyone knows Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, and the rest of the main characters from Peanuts. But there have been quite a few personalities over the comic strip’s 50-year history that never reached the same level of popularity. 1. 555 95472 One of the most bizarre characters in the Peanuts universe was “555 95472,” or “5” for [...]

3eanuts – Peanuts Comics Minus the Last Panel

3eanuts catalogs Peanuts cartoon strips, minus the fourth panel. It’s similar in spirit to De-Garfed (in which Garfield’s thoughts are removed from the Garfield strip) and other crazy Garfield variants. But in this one, it’s about existential aloneness, despair, hopelessness — pretty rough stuff for a comic strip. Here’s what author Daniel Leonard says about [...]

18 Quick Facts About Your Favorite Christmas TV Specials

Inspired by Stacy’s Christmas movie post, here are some behind-the-scenes tidbits about a handful of holiday small-screen favorites. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 1. Which came first, the TV special or the song? Johnny Marks wrote the song in 1949. He was the brother-in-law of Robert L. May, the Montgomery Ward copywriter who’d created the story of the [...]

Try, Try Again: Rejection Letters Received by Bestselling Authors

For writers, getting rejected can seem like a pastime. But don’t take my word for it, even though I’ve gotten my share of no-thank-yous. These best-selling authors were rejected, too, and some not very kindly. Editors, publishers and agents have made big errors in judgment, as evidenced by the list of unkind (and sometimes needlessly [...]

Last Month’s Most Popular Stories on mentalfloss.com

In case you weren’t obsessively refreshing mentalfloss.com in November, here’s what you missed… 1. 4 Bizarre Experiments That Should Never Be Repeated, by Megan Wilde * 2. Talking Pictures: Glamor Shots, by Ransom Riggs * 3. 10 Buildings Shaped Like What They Sell, by Ethan Trex * 4. Talking Pictures: Times of Trouble, by Ransom Riggs * 5. 5 Geniuses Who Renounced Their Work, [...]

6 Ways Charles Schulz Really Was Charlie Brown

While Charlie Brown and his creator, Charles Schulz, share a first name, the character was actually named after one of Schulz’s art school friends, not after himself. Despite this, the big-headed character shares a lot more with his creator than a name. In honor of what would be Charles Schulz’s 88th birthday, let’s celebrate the [...]

The Late Movies: Top 10 Antiques Roadshow Valuations

The antiques world was rocked (okay, more like gently bumped) when a recent episode of Antiques Roadshow estimated a woman’s collection of carved Chinese jade objects at $710,000 to $1.07 million. Either figure would make it the highest-appraised item in Antiques Roadshow history. Unfortunately, when the woman actually sold the items at auction, she only [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Halloween Specials From Your Childhood

I’ve always been slightly nuts about Halloween. I distinctly remember having several VHS tapes packed full of Halloween specials that I would beg to watch year-round. I’m sure those tapes are long gone now, but luckily for me (and you), most of them can be found on YouTube now. Here are a few of my [...]