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Green Bay’s Plan to Thwart the Giants in 2008

© Tomasso DeRosa/Corbis Before today, the last time the Giants and Packers met in the playoffs was the NFC Championship Game in January 2008. Green Bay’s Fox affiliate tried to get in Eli Manning’s head that weekend by refusing to air the regularly scheduled Seinfeld rerun — Manning’s favorite show. Jerry Seinfeld heard about the stunt and offered [...]

“Britney Spears” is an Anagram for “Presbyterians”

© Lucas Jackson/Reuters/Corbis As the great John Green informed us back in 2006 during his stint as a mental_floss blogger, “Britney Spears” is an anagram for “Presbyterians.” I’ve been trying to work that into conversation for years. Since today is Britney’s 30th birthday, it seemed like the time was right. To celebrate, let’s have an anagram [...]

Iron Bowl Trivia

© Gene Lower/ZUMA Press/Corbis Last year an Alabama staffer was fired for playing “Take the Money and Run” on the PA system while Cam Newton and Auburn warmed up. If you’d like to add your own college football rivalry facts, there’s plenty of room in the comments.

Create Your Own Unit of Measurement (And Win!)

© Joe Giron/Corbis We recently discussed a few unusual units of measurement, including the Wheaton (500,000 Twitter followers) and the milliHelen (the quantity of beauty required to launch a single ship). On the chalkboard of made-up measurements, there’s still plenty of room. So let’s invent some new ones! Your fake units can measure anything: height, weight, time, [...]

How to Get Through Customs

The Spring Break season will be here before you know it, and if you’re traveling abroad for a vacation, you’ll get to enjoy the fun and excitement of passing through Customs on your way home. You already knew that you’re not allowed to bring home goods from places like Cuba, but let’s take a look [...]