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Cheetahs in Slow Motion

(vimeo link) At 1200 frames per second, the first minute of this video only covers one second of the cheetah’s run! Greg Wilson shot high-speed footage of five cheetahs from the Cincinnati Zoo, including the world-speed-record-holder Sarah, over three days to get this video. They ran at up to 60 miles per hour, so I would [...]

The WKRP Turkey Drop

The 1978 episode of WKRP in Cincinnati called “Turkeys Away,” in which the radio station staged a Thanksgiving giveaway has become a classic holiday memory -and one of the funniest TV shows ever! It’s also the subject of today’s Lunchtime Quiz at mental_floss. How many details can you recall from that show? I scored 100%. [...]

10 Rock Concerts Which Resulted in Bloodshed

It’s difficult to put large crowds of people together in a small area without something going wrong, but some concerts stand out for the amount of violence, injuries, and even death. This list tells about the big ones you recall, Altamont in 1969, Cincinnati in 1979, and Woodstock. Oh, the 1969 Woodstock Music Festival was [...]

Happy National Play-Doh Day!

Did you know today is National Play-Doh Day? While most of us without kids might not have any of the clay on hand to celebrate, we certainly can remember the great times we had with it as youngsters and honor the wonderful product by taking a look at its fascinating history. Image Via Dennis Brekke [Flickr] Thank [...]

Savanna and Max

(YouTube link) Savanna the cheetah cub at the Cincinnati Zoo gets a new playmate her own age, named Max. The fact that Max is a dog takes nothing away from the adorable video. Just listen to those little squeaks!  -via Buzzfeed

Meet Savanna

(YouTube link) Savanna is a hand-raised seven-week-old cheetah cub with an awesome punk hairdo at the Cincinnati Zoo. The zoo is documenting her life from all angles as she grows up to be one of the fastest animals on earth. See more of Savanna at Buzzfeed. Link

R.I.P. Neil Armstrong

Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the surface of the moon, has died. He gave the world a quote on that occasion on July 20, 1969, that will live in history:  “That is one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind.” Armstrong’s family released a statement through NASA. Here is [...]

A Brief History of Olympic Defectors

Getty Images For some athletes, the Olympics aren’t just a competition: they’re a chance to escape oppression. Earlier this week, seven of Cameroon’s athletes disappeared from London’s Olympic Village. The week before, three runners from Sudan’s Olympic training squad filed for asylum in Britain. Here’s a look at some other Olympic defections. 1948 Summer Olympics: London Marie Provaznikova, [...]

Cheetah Runs 100m in 5.95 Seconds

Usain Bolt set an Olympic record for the 100m dash at the Olympics last night, coming in at 9.63 seconds. That’s mighty fast -for a human. But a cheetah named Sarah covered that distance in only 5.95 seconds! Sarah’s June 20 sprint is the fastest timed 100 meters ever run by anything on the planet, [...]

18 Vintage Photos From Prohibition

Americans are fascinated by prohibition, as evidenced by the success of shows like Boardwalk Empire and the many movies based on Al Capone. But for all the discussions and reenactments of the period, it’s still rare to actually look back on photos from the period. Here are a few scenes from the fight against alcohol, [...]