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15 Dad Facts for Father’s Day

A few years ago, we asked some of our favorite mental_floss writers to send us their favorite dad-related facts and stories for our newsletter. Here are 15 you can use around the grill today. 1. Halsey Taylor invented the drinking fountain as a tribute to his father, who succumbed to typhoid fever after drinking from a [...]

The Wet and Wild History of the Super Soaker

For generations, kids spent their summers chasing each other around the backyard with simple water pistols that barely shot more than a few feet. But squirt guns got a major upgrade in the 1990s when the Super Soaker was introduced by Larami Toys. For over 20 years, these high-powered water guns have dominated [...]

Zero

(vimeo link) In this stop-motion animation made with yarn, everyone is born with a number indicating their supposed potential. The kid born with a zero has a long way to go to catch up. Can nothing ever be something? Produced by Australians Christopher and Christine Kezelos. -via Laughing Squid

Things Everybody Loves Except You

On Fridays, I post a series of unrelated questions meant to spark conversation in the comments. Answer one, answer all, respond to someone else’s reply, whatever you want. On to this week’s topics of discussion… 1. There must be movies or authors or foods that are generally beloved by everyone you know, but you secretly (or [...]

One Man Village People

(YouTube link) Halftime at the UConn-Florida basketball game in Hartford last week. The performer goes by the name Christopher or Christopher from Las Vegas. -via The Daily What

Failed Break-in Leads to Surprise Reunion

Police responded to a report of a man trying to break into a house in Bloomington, Illinois last weekend. It was determined that 21-year-old Christopher Kunder was trying to get into his own house to surprise his mother who didn’t know he was on leave from military service in Afghanistan. The problem was that his [...]