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Man Discovers That Santa He Visited 13 Years Ago Is His Father-in-Law

Chris Burd, 27, was engaged to his fiancée when he and his relatives were looking through his old childhood photos. They noticed that one of them, taken when he was 13 years old, showed him sitting on the lap of a mall Santa Claus. That Santa Claus was his own future father-in-law: “My mom was going through [...]

At the Libraries: 2012 Hugo Awards

Each week Miss Kathleen provides links to a variety of stories about libraries, authors, and books. If there’s something noteworthy going on in your local library, leave us a comment! Books and brew? Yes, please! The Kellogg-Hubbard Library in Montpelier, VT, knows exactly what gets a crowd through the door. If you are anywhere near this [...]

How 13 Classic Video Games Got Their Names

Here are the stories of how famous video games got their names, and what they were almost called. 1. Pac-Man It’s not easy to create a game based solely on the concept of eating. But Namco employee Tōru Iwatani did just that in 1980 by taking the idea of a pizza with a slice missing, and then [...]

Giant Squid Eye

Photo: Christine Dell’Amore That blob in a jar used to belong to a giant squid. That’s right, you’re looking at the eyeball of a giant squid looking right back at you! Chris Mah of the National Museum of Natural History’s Department of [...]

Olympic Cyclists and Their Giant Thighs

Getty Images Sure, Olympians are crazy fit, but there’s something about those indoor track cyclists that makes your jaw plummet to the floor. What is it? Oh, yes, their massive thighs. Thunder doesn’t even begin to describe them. The largest ones, which at last count belonged to German cyclist Robert Forstemann (above), aptly nicknamed “Mr. Thigh,” [...]

Niche Blogs for the Dog Days of August

Are you tired of the Olympics already? Are you tired of U.S. presidential election news? Are you bogged down with back-to-school preparations? The maybe you need some lighthearted distraction! Of course, you’ll always find interesting and informative posts at mental_floss, but in addition, here are some wacky and oddly specific blogs that might bring you [...]

After Elections in Delaware, Politicians Literally Bury Hatchets

Image credit: A Chesapeake Journal As the election season kicks into gear and all that negative rhetoric hits the airwaves, it’s worth remembering that politics isn’t always so nasty. And no place is that more clear than in one Delaware town, where politicians mark the end of campaigning by literally burying the hatchet. It’s part of [...]

17 Elaborately Staged Theme Park Ride Photos

Back when amusement parks started using cameras to capture the facial expressions of their guests on their most wild rides, the companies thought it would just be a good way to make some extra money by giving guests a new souvenir option. Little did they know that the cameras would also serve as the backdrop [...]

I Know That Feel, Bro

Being green? I now that feel, bro. It’s not easy being green. Certainly a sentiment that The Hulk shares with Kermit the Frog, as illustrated by Chris Gerringer. [...]

Father and Son Adventure Time Cosplay

Thus it always was: Finn was born to adventure and Jake to help him. Fashionably Geek reader Chris took this photo of simple but effective costumes. Finn doesn’t stay this size. No, he gets much bigger. Link