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Heisman Trophy Challenge

How much of a college football fan are you, really? This year’s Heisman Trophy winner will be announced this Saturday. Mental_floss is challenging you to recall the other winners of the past thirty years in today’s Lunchtime Quiz. How many of their last names can you rattle off in 6 minutes? If you can name [...]

Welcome To College Weekend!

A couple of weeks ago, we sent out a call for pitches from college students who wanted to write for mental_floss—and we were flooded with excellent ideas. (In fact, we were so impressed that we’ll be doing this again, and soon.) Tonight, tomorrow, and Sunday, we’ll post the best of the bunch. Stay tuned!

This Weekend, We’re Letting College Kids Take Over

Getty Images* You might remember that request Jason posted a couple of weeks ago—the one asking college students to pitch us ideas for a little thing we call College Weekend. Well, that weekend is almost upon us. Starting at 8pm on Friday, we’ll be featuring a bunch of stories from college students—who are attending schools like McGill, [...]

If College Were Like a Video Game

Wouldn’t college be easier if only it were more like video games? Susanna Wolff, Caldwell Tanner, and Jesse Eisemann have got you covered in this College Humor post: Link

Outrageous College Courses

Underwater basket weaving? Puh-leeze! This is 2012 and some colleges have taken unusual classes to a whole ‘nother level. Take, for instance, this one on cross-dressing seminar offered at Swarthmore College: ENGL 009Y. First-Year Seminar: [...]

The Wire: The Video Game

(College Humor link) The folks at College Humor made 16-bit video game demo out of the erstwhile TV show The Wire. Some NSFW text. -via Metafilter

Second-Ever Photo of Emily Dickinson Discovered

This daguerreotype is believed to be a photograph of Emily Dickinson in her mid-20s, seated with her friend Kate Scott Turner in 1859. If the suspicions of Amherst College historians proves true, it will become only the second authenticated image of the reclusive poet known to exist. The college’s archives and special collections department has subjected [...]

5 Unusual Ways to Earn a College Scholarship

College is expensive. Scholarships can help to relieve some of that financial burden, and we’re here to clue you in to a few that are available to students who aren’t star athletes or in the upper reaches of their class’ grade point percentile. 1. Stop People From Texting While Driving Texting while driving is bad. If you [...]

The Missing Links: Baby Diets Have Changed a Lot Since the ’50s

A Nice Cool Bottle of 7UP. A Baby Bottle of 7UP, That Is. “For 7Up is so pure, so wholesome, you can even give it to babies and feel good about it.” Oh, 1950s advertising, you’re the worst. * Going Beyond Chess Have you ever played any of these 10 super-involved strategy games? * Another College Class [...]

12 College Courses We Wish Our Schools Had Offered

It’s that time of year! Here’s a look at all of the fascinating college classes you wish your school put on the course list. 1. Topics in Comparative Media: American Pro Wrestling, MIT Image credit: WWE If a course that studies “Macho Man” Randy Savage and “Diamond” Dallas Page sounds like your dream come true, congratulations: you can [...]