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Raising the Bar: 9 Even More Elaborate Proposals

The modern custom of the elaborate public surprise proposal gives us lots of smiles and a few vicarious tears of happiness, even if we wouldn’t want such publicity for ourselves. We’ve posted several lists of them in the past. It’s just lovely to know people in love will go to so much trouble to express [...]

The Life And Times Of The MGM Lion

The famous mascot of Metro-Goldwyn Mayer is not one lion, but five lions. These are their stories. Slats (1917–1928) Wikimedia Commons Slats, born at the Dublin Zoo in 1919, was MGM’s first lion. He had previously appeared in the logo of the Goldwyn Pictures Corporation, where designer Howard Dietz chose the lion as a mascot as a tribute [...]

Six Months, Three Days

In the science fiction love story Six Months, Three Days, the first line sets up the scenario: “The man who can see the future has a date with the woman who can see many possible futures.” But can two people who recall the future the way the rest of us recall the past ever find [...]

Rocking Out With Your Droid Out

Any Star Wars fan who also happens to love music should be drooling over this amazing R2D2 guitar (aka GuitaR2D2) by Doug of Doug Draws Things. While I’m not a musician, I’d still love to see someone rocking out on this thing. Link Via Geekologie

The Voices Behind 6 Classic Cereal Mascots

Their faces aren’t as famous as those on the boxes, but odds are you’ve heard each of these beloved cereal mascots’ voices somewhere else. 1. Paul Frees Paul Frees was one of the most sought-after voiceover actors in his time. He recorded Boris Badenov in “Rocky and Bullwinkle,” but he’s probably more well-known for his commercial work: [...]

15 Memorable mental_floss Moments of 2011

A lot of exciting things happened in the mental_floss universe in 2011. Here are the 15 we could remember. 1. We Helped Solve a Back to the Future Mystery Back in August, we threw out a question for discussion: “Is it ever explained why Marty hangs out with Doc Brown? He’s just in Doc’s house to start [...]

Survival Belt Made from 80 Feet of Paracord

There’s only so much survival gear that you can easily carry. That’s what makes Doug and Chelsey Luehr’s invention so awesome. The whole thing unravels into 80 feet of 550 strength paracord that you can use to MacGyver your way out of whatever mess you’ve gotten yourself into. Link -via Boing Boing

The Gary Hudston Project

(YouTube link) Attention, Portal 2 fans! Gary Hudston commissioned a series of custom levels of the game. The clever puzzles were put together by designers Doug “TopHATTWaffle” Hoogland and Rachel “Miss Stabby” van der Meer, who should probably be hired by Valve to work on Portal 3. And if you’re wondering how they did such an accurate [...]

The Muppets in The Hangover Part II?

Video link Well, sort of. In this spoof teaser for the upcoming Muppets movie, written by Jason Segal and Nicholas Stoller (the team behind Forgetting Sarah Marshal) and directed by Flight of the Conchords co-creator James Bobin, the Muppets get their Wolf Pack on just like Stu, Doug, Alan and Phil. Love the Danny Trejo cameo. [...]

England’s Ugliest Dog Finds a Home for the Holidays

Everyone says they want to be home for the holidays, but for homeless animals, this wish is often an impossible dream. Fortunately for Ug, who just might be the ugliest pup in Britain, Christmas came early this year when he was adopted from the Mayflower animal sanctuary. When cafe employee April Parker saw Ug on the [...]