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The Apology Van

Photographer Tom Wilkinson snapped a photo of this apology van, parked up next to a busy roundabout outside Shildon, County Durham, England, with the text: Linda I’m sorry I’m a fool and an [...]

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 [...]

5 Places to Almost Die Before You Die

1. Tiankeng Sinkhole, Xiaozhai, China When I was 18 years old, I took a trip with a few buddies of mine to Lake George in upstate New York. We had heard that there was a great spot for cliff jumping on the far side of the lake, and we found it without too much trouble. It [...]

The Ultimate in Bad Product Placement: Walking Dead Billboard Next to a Funeral Parlor

Someone wasn’t using his braaaaaiiiinss here: a billboard advertising the zombie series Walking Dead was put right beside a funeral parlor in Consett, County Durham, England. The ad has since been removed, but the infamy will be undead forever on the Net. Link (Photo: North News) – via The Mary Sue

Movies You Saw More Than Once (in Theaters)

On Fridays, I post a series of unrelated questions meant to spark conversation in the comments. Answer one, answer all, respond to someone else’s reply, whatever you want. On to this week’s topics of discussion… 1. A few weeks ago we talked about rewatchable movies—films you’ll watch again and again on cable or DVD. But what [...]

What’s Your Proudest Fix-It Job?

On Fridays, I post a series of unrelated questions meant to spark conversation in the comments. Answer one, answer all, respond to someone else’s reply, whatever you want. On to this week’s topics of discussion… 1. I’m no Angus MacGyver, so when I came up with a mildly ingenious idea for cleaning up a nasty spill [...]

Reminder: Our Trivia Show is Coming to Durham, NC!

Attention: Nerds, Knowledge Junkies and people who like to leave their house to drink and win stuff! We’re bringing our rollicking Trivia Show to Durham, North Carolina, on Monday, February 7. Here’s what you need to know: Date: Monday, February 7, 2011 Time: 7pm-8:30pm Location: Cuban Revolution 318 Blackwell Street (on the American Tobacco Campus in Durham) Durham, NC 27701 Tickets [...]

Our Trivia Show is Coming to Durham, NC!

Attention: Nerds, Knowledge Junkies and people who like to leave their house to drink and win stuff! We’re bringing our rollicking Trivia Show to Durham, North Carolina, on Monday, February 7. Here’s what you need to know: Date: Monday, February 7, 2011 Time: 7pm-8:30pm Location: Cuban Revolution 318 Blackwell Street (on the American Tobacco Campus in Durham) Durham, NC 27701 Tickets [...]

Odds/Ends: Stuff We Promised to Give Away Ages Ago

We’ve got a couple outstanding giveaways we need to wrap up. At long last, winners have been chosen at random: Brittany gets a copy of Stuff Hipsters Hate, Nick gets a bar of Atari 2600 Geek Soap, and Alana gets a bar of Nintendo Geek Soap. Congrats, everyone! I’ll be in touch about your prizes. [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Strange College Traditions

Most colleges have a campus-specific tradition or two that you simply must participate in before you graduate. Here are a few of them – be sure to leave a comment and tell us what your college or alma mater does! 1. Naked Quad Run – Tufts University, Medford, MA. I don’t need a special day to [...]