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26 Beatnik Slang Words and Phrases We Should All Start Using

Plenty of phrases from the first self-described hipster generation have lasted into modern conversation: people still get bent out of shape, annoying people bug us and muscular guys are still built, just to scan the b-words. Here are 26 words and phrases that don’t get much use any more but are worth sneaking into conversation. 1. [...]

Every Jeopardy! Clue and Response, Ever

Let’s say you wanted to know what went down on last night’s episode of Jeopardy! Well, you’d be in luck — browse on over to the Show #6128 page on J! Archive, and there you have it — every clue, every response, all the scores, the whole thing — you can basically play Jeopardy! for [...]

What’s Your Jeopardy! Dream Board?

Every Friday, 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. Very casual. On to this week’s topics of discussion… 1. I just caught the classic episode of Cheers where Cliff Clavin appears on Jeopardy! The categories were all [...]

Conversation Starters, 140 Characters at a Time

Looking for Thanksgiving dinner conversational fodder? Follow mental_floss on Twitter. As one reader put it, “Your Twitter feed is like sitting next to Cliff Clavin at the bar.” I’ll take that as a compliment.

6 Behind-the-Scenes Secrets from Cheers

Cheers finished a lowly 77th in the ratings after its first season in 1982-83, performing poorly against Simon & Simon and Too Close for Comfort in its 9 p.m. Thursday time slot. Both Paramount and NBC believed in the show, however, and their tenacity certainly paid off. Cheers ended after 11 seasons, but only because [...]