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Now That’s Rocket Science: An Interview with JPL’s Erisa Hines

Last month, after publishing my interview with NASA’s Steve Collins, I promised a second interview with another member of the JPL Curiosity Rover team. Today, we finally get that interview with Erisa Hines, a key member of the JPL team that landed the rover on Mars. If you’ve been living under a rock the past couple [...]

11 Celebrities Posing with mental_floss

Dateline: Novi, Michigan – Motor City Comic Con 2012. Your intrepid reporter and her ever-patient husband/photographer brave the hordes of Darth Vaders, Dudley Do-Rights, and Daryl Dixons to bring you 11 celebrities posing with mental_floss: 1. Sean Patrick Flanery With a name like Sean Patrick Flanery, one would presume that that Irish brogue used by The Boondock Saints’ [...]

The Fastest Way to a Man’s Heart Is through His Ribcage

Dawn Rogal insists that she is happily married. I decline to dispute it. She kept this piece of embroidery on display at her shop, but, strangely, it seems to have offended people there. Link -via Colossal

"Mary Ann" Still Acting at 73

Dawn Wells, who played Mary Ann on the long-running ’60s TV series Gilligan’s Island, begins a run in a new play in Chicago tomorrow. And she still gets recognized wherever she goes. “I can’t go anywhere,” she says. “I can’t go to Beijing, I climbed with the gorillas in Rwanda. It’s ‘Mary Ann! Mary Ann!’ ” Although [...]

Bella’s Hair Comb Twilight Breaking Dawn

Bella’s Hair Comb – $27.95 Is there a “Twihard” on your Christmas list? Why not get them a beautiful prop replica from the Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn movie. The NeatoShop has a limited number of Bella’s Hair Combs available. This beautiful piece comes in a blue velvet presentation box. This is a great gift for any [...]

The Late Movies: Twilight Parodies

The movie Breaking Dawn Part One opened today, and all the Twihards are probably at the theater right now, so it’s probably safe to show some spoofs and parodies of the various Twilight series movies. Twilight (The First Movie) Trailer * How Twilight Should Have Ended * Buffy vs. Edward * Twilight: The Musical See the rest of the musical with these links. * New [...]

The Increasingly Rapid Decline of Marriage

“All the Single Ladies,” The Atlantic’s cover story about women who choose to remain unmarried, made the rounds like wildfire. Author Kate Bolick insists that “it’s time to embrace new ideas about romance and family—and to acknowledge the end of ‘traditional’ marriage as society’s highest ideal.” Bolick’s story understandably sparked some interesting conversations. The only thing [...]

What Happened to the X-Rating?

Once a pariah among concerned parents and a source of snickers among schoolchildren, the dreaded X-rating has all but vanished. What made this formerly MPAA-sanctioned rating go away? The Rating Game Hollywood has enforced an evolving system of self-regulation since the 1920s to avoid government intervention. In 1922, studio bosses answered the threat of censorship by creating [...]

The 2011 Zombie Invasion Schedule

Zombies make their appearances here and there all through the year, but you will see more of them this month. Between World Zombie Day on October 8 and Halloween on October 31, the nation and even the world will be crawling with zombies. If you are a zombie (or want to be one), find out [...]

How Military Operations Get Their Code Names

© Hannibal Hanschke/dpa/Corbis Last month the world watched rebel forces pour into Tripoli under the banner of Operation Mermaid Dawn. While watching the news, I was struck by a curiosity many of you might have shared: just where exactly do these names come from? It’s a relatively new practice, actually—less than a hundred years old. The Germans [...]