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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 [...]

How the Canadian Provinces and Territories Got Their Names

Here’s a little more Canadian history on this Canada Day. Alberta Named in honor of Princess Louise Caroline Alberta (1848-1939), the fourth daughter of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert and the wife of the Marquess of Lorne, Governor General of Canada from 1878 to 1883. Lake Louise, the village of Caroline, and Mount Alberta are also named after her. British Columbia The name refers to the Columbia District, the [...]

Corgis Explain the Final Four

The NCAA basketball tournament has reached the Final Four, the top four teams who will play each other today. I am inwardly excited that two of the four teams are from my home state (take that, Duke)! To get you ready, Buzzfeed has the most important tournament topics people are talking about, explained by adorable [...]

Fantastic 120-Year-Old Color Pictures of Ireland

St. Patrick’s Day has already come and gone this year, but there is a lot more to the Emerald Isle than the supposed World’s Greatest Snake Exterminator. Need some proof? Just check out these vivid vintage pictures of Ireland taken between 1890 and 1900 and organized by county, courtesy of the Library of Congress. County Antrim Glenoe [...]

The mental_floss Guide to the NCAA Tournament: The South

We’re going region by region, giving you one fun fact about each team in the tournament. (1) Kentucky Kentucky got its royal blue team color from a piece of clothing. In 1891 the school needed a set of team colors before a football game against in-state rival Centre College. After some debate, the students settled on [...]

From Tubas to Guitars, 4 Famous Stolen Musical Instruments

Sonic Youth’s Guitars Fans of the rock band Sonic Youth were shocked to see an online letter from guitarist Lee Ranaldo in July 1999 complaining that a thief had broken into the band’s truck and stolen its equipment before a gig (warning: some NSFW language). The stolen goods included everything from guitars to amps to drums, [...]

Bone Guillotine Made by a Prisoner of War

I figure that the guy who made this creepy model just wanted to persuade people around him to give him some space. At least, that’s what I’d do if my bunkmate made it. Pictured above is a twenty inch tall model of a guillotine made from bones. According to the British family that recently sold [...]

Luxury Retirement Abroad for Greek Donkeys

As the Greek economy continues to tumble, there’s a glimmer of hope for "retirees" who are offered a luxurious retirement abroad by a British royalty: great food, great room with a view of the [...]

Another Royal Wedding

Video Link This one took place in 1923. You might recognize the happy couple – they were recently the subject of an Oscar-winning movie. Yup, that’s Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, AKA the Queen Mother, and Prince Albert, Duke of York (the future King George VI). Via Lil Blue Boo

How Did the States in the USA Get Their Names? (Part IV)

Reader Adam from Fairfax, Virginia, wrote in to ask, “How did the US states get their names?” This week, we’re tackling the origins and meaning of the names 10 states at a time. Here’s Massachusetts through New Jersey. (Be sure to also check out Monday’s post on Alabama through Georgia, Tuesday’s post on Hawaii through [...]