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The Late Giveaway: Science Tape!

If you want to distract people from the gift underneath the wrapping paper, this Science Tape from UncommonGoods is just what you need. We’ve got a roll to give away. To pick a winner, we’ll ask one mental_floss trivia question. Really obscure trivia. About the mental_floss staff. Let’s see who’s been paying attention. Or stalking. First [...]

Happy (Belated) Palindrome Day!

Saturday, 01-02-2010, was the second Palindrome Day of the 21st century. The last time we celebrated was 10-02-2001. But according to the Christian Science Monitor, the Palindrome Day before that was way back in the 14th century, on 08-31-1380. Anyway, it would have been a good time to plug our “Palindromes are Rasemordnilap!” t-shirt. Oh [...]

Bar Codes & Mad Magazine

If you’ve done any Googling this morning, you probably know today is the 57th anniversary of the first bar code patent. From The Christian Science Monitor: On October 7, 1952, inventors Norman Woodland and Bernard Silver were granted the first patent for their invention. The only difference between the bar code we know today and the one [...]