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What Does a "New Year" Really Mean?

Today is New Year’s Day, which simply means the earth has completed another journey around the sun. But how in the world do we know how long that takes? To answer the question, Phil Plat has “taken a simple concept like ‘years’ and turned it into a horrifying nightmare of nerdery and math.” Let’s take a [...]

17 More Offbeat Holidays and Anniversaries to Celebrate in January

Forget weight loss and penny-pinching, make a resolution to keep this year a little more unconventional. What better way to start than with a few offbeat holidays and anniversaries you can easily observe? 1. January 1: First Foot Day A Scottish New Year tradition, the first person to step into someone’s home is called the “first-footer” and [...]

Pixar Animator Dreams Up a New Superhero For Each Day of the Year

Pixar artist Everett Downing set himself a challenge: to create 365 superheroes, a new one every day for a year. It didn’t quite work as he planned, but three years later, he has illustrated 285 new characters! Downing expects to finish the collection in 2013. Wired Design talked to Downing about the project. The origin story [...]

What Is Boxing Day?

The day after Christmas is Boxing Day, a holiday observed by a large part of Europe and most of the former British Empire -except for America, who broke away fairly early. Mental-floss has a roundup of Boxing day facts for those who aren’t familiar with the customs of this odd holiday. Boxing Day is observed every [...]

Basset Hound Puppy Thinks Christmas Is Meh

Christmas is just another day for this floppy eared basset hound pup, and he is unmoved by all the decorations, lights and holiday cheer. In fact, he’d trade the whole darn holiday for a liver flavored treat! Link

The end of the world hasn’t happened… yet

It’s December 21st and so far nothing has happened – but will the world end before the day is out ? For most it’s just an ordinary day, for others tod…

Hobbit Terrarium

You know how when you were growing up, you were just waiting for the day when those McFly hoverboards were finally reality? Well, while you were doing that I was waiting for the ability to animate miniatures in real life – probably though holograms. Sort of like the movie The Indian in the Cupboard. Sadly, [...]

Forgetful Driver

I bet I know someone who had a bad day. That guy, he had a bad day. -Via Daily Picks and Flicks

Shop The mental_floss Election Collection!

You may have heard that today is Election Day. So while you’re standing in line to vote or anxiously waiting for the results—and maybe even contemplating a move to Canada—shop our Election Collection. Whether you’re looking for Election Day fun you can take home or a good holiday gift for your favorite politico, there’s something [...]

Dog Gets in Trouble, Sent Home with a Note from the School Principal

Duke, a Labrador Retriever, is gonna get it for sure! When I was a kid, nothing was worse than getting sent home by the principal. And that’s what happened to him. During the day, Duke routinely escaped his yard and hung out at a nearby school. The letter from the principal read in part: The other [...]