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Curious George’s Great Escape

How the inquisitive monkey and two bicycles saved a German couple’s lives. German-born Jewish couple Hans and Margret Rey were starting to feel nervous in the fall of 1939. The Nazis were getting uncomfortably close to their adopted hometown of Paris, where they had moved four years earlier to work on children’s books. Rather than tempt [...]

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!

Meeting the Troll

A couple of years after Leo Traynor opened a Twitter account, he became the victim of a troll. It started in July 2009. I’d been on Twitter for over 2 years at that point having joined in May 2007, and I’d never had a problem. My account was followed by a fairly innocuous looking one which [...]

The Glove and Boots Wedding Proposal

(YouTube link) We’ve had a couple of Glove and Boots videos here before. This one is a bit different, as the puppets Fafa and Mario were recruited to produce a personal marriage proposal. How could any woman resist an engagement ring that sings …along with a gorilla? -via The Daily What

Remembering Mom and Dad

A thoughtful young lady acquired these tattoos to remember her late parents: I got these a couple months ago for my parents who passed away when I was in high school. Its exact copies of their handwriting from birthday cards. I absolutely love them Link -Thanks, wifey!

Australian Couple Charged under Environmental Protection Act for … Noisy Sex

With the complaint that listed "screaming, loud moaning, swearing and raised voices," Colin MacKenzie and Jessica Angel became the first couple charged with offenses under Australia’s Environmental Protection Act for … noisy sex: Police patrols [...]

Flash Flood in Las Vegas

Tiffany and I were in Las Vegas a couple of days ago for a trade show, when our flight back was delayed because of lightning near the airport. We don’t usually associate rain with Las Vegas, but occasionally it does [...]

Couple Gets Married, Dances in Jetpacks

I’m now kicking myself for not thinking of it first: The 25-year-old former wedding planner from Grand Rapids, Mich., says she wanted a unique ceremony. So the couple donned the $90,000 contraptions on their backs, along with a wetsuit for the groom and white board shorts and a rash-guard shirt for the bride. The jetpacks from Jetlev Southwest [...]

11 Geeky Couples Portraits We Love

We’ve featured geeky wedding photos and geeky family photos before. Here’s more geek love! 1. Come to the Dark Side (We Have Kisses) Red and Jonny are the most famous stormtrooper cosplayers around and this great vacation picture featuring the two kissing through their helmets is probably the most romantic (non-wedding photo) the two have taken as [...]

10 Bets You Will Never Lose

(YouTube link) These tricks from Richard Wiseman look really neat, but you may have to go back and watch some of them over a couple of times to get them straight. I would advise playing these tricks on your friends one at a time, or your friend may end up completely shattered. -via Breakfast Links Previously: More [...]