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Nine Famous People Who Started as Disney Park Characters

A couple of years ago, I did a post on celebrities who got their first tastes of the entertainment biz by working at one of the Disney Parks, whether they did tricks at the Magic Shop (Steve Martin) or cracked wise as a Jungle Cruise skipper (John Lasseter). But which celebs might you actually spot [...]

How Do Hurricanes Get Their Names?

As the East Coast prepares for Hurricane Irene, here’s a look at how these storms are named. Since Europeans first came to the Americas and the Caribbean, hurricanes have been named using a variety of systems. First they were named after Catholic saints. Later on, the latitude-longitude positions of a storm’s formation was used as a [...]

Blogging Scholarship

For the fifth year, College Scholarship.org is offering the $10,000 Blogging Scholarship. If you are a college student with a weblog, get your entry in by October 21st! * Your blog must contain unique and interesting information about you and/or things you are passionate about. No spam bloggers please!!! * U.S. citizen or permanent resident; * Currently attending [...]

6 Secrets from the Brady Vault

The Brady Bunch debuted 40 years ago this week. To celebrate, we’re re-running Kara’s excellent story about the series, which was originally posted last year. Here’s the story of how a show started as a typical formulaic sitcom, but grew into a syndicated monster. From the time Greg Brady got high to the reason Cindy Brady [...]

10 Quirky Marriage Proposals

Since the mental_floss article Modern Marriage Proposals was published in 2007, I have read about many more marvelous methods men have used to asked for their sweetheart’s hand in marriage, plus a couple of proposals that started out traditionally and ended up in the news because of embarrassing unforeseen circumstances. 1. Hay Bales William Butler took advantage [...]