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Star Wars Identities

A new exhibition called Star Wars Identities opens April 19th in Montreal and Edmonton. The exhibit is subtitled “What Forces Shape You?” To promote the exhibit, six posters illustrate the characters in collage form using components from their personality and narrative. See them all in large size at My Modern Met. Link -via Everlasting Blort

The House of Rock ‘n’ Roll

Flickr user Lady Oracle calls this “The most rockin’ fence in E-Town.” That’s Edmonton, Canada, I think. And this house is roomier than the house with the ukulele fence. Link -via Offbeat Home

Beyond Spectacular: Super Climb!

Link Scroll down for today’s pictures & links. Beyond Spectacular: Super Climb! This is Ueli Steck’s record speed solo climb of the the Eiger’s radical North Face (from the film “Swiss Machine”, created by Sender Films). He did it in just… 2 hours, 47 minutes and 33 seconds: Link Today’s pictures & links: Sprawling Monster This is Ferrari World: the newest Abu [...]

What is the NFL Supplemental Draft?

Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor, who had been suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season for NCAA rules violations, announced Tuesday that he will enter the NFL’s supplemental draft rather than return to school. Here’s a brief history of the event. What is the supplemental draft and who is eligible for it? The supplemental [...]

The Only Three Ties in Stanley Cup Finals History

If Boston wins at home tonight, the Stanley Cup Finals will head back to Canada for a deciding Game 7. If Vancouver wins, the Canucks will clinch their first Stanley Cup in three tries. But what if the teams tie? It’s highly unlikely that tonight’s game will end in a draw. After all, Rule 84.5 of [...]

Our Readers’ Favorite Bookstore Cats (Volume Three)

Many mental_floss readers contributed to the list of bookstore cats we met in the previous four posts on the subject -and I certainly appreciate your help! However, many of those favorites don’t have a picture or biography on the internet. Here are some of the few left that do. Francis BookCourt is a small, independent bookstore in [...]

7 Horrifying Aircraft Landings (in which no one died)

Many people board an airplane flight thinking that if anything goes wrong, they will probably die. We board anyway, knowing that the odds of something going wrong are pretty small. In these seven stories, hundreds of passengers thought it was the end for them, but thanks to skilled pilots and crew members (and a fair [...]

8 Franchise Relocations That Fell Through

On Tuesday night, ESPN aired Barry Levinson’s The Band that Wouldn’t Die, the second installment of its 30 for 30 documentary series. Levinson’s film tells the story of the Baltimore Colts’ marching band, a group that continued marching in Baltimore even after the team relocated to Indianapolis in 1984. While we were watching the grim [...]

What’s in a Nickname? The Origins of All 30 NHL Team Names

Ever wonder what a Canuck is? How about a Blue Jacket? With the NHL season kicking off this week, here’s a breakdown of how the league’s 30 teams got their names. 1. New York Rangers In 1925, the New York Americans joined the National Hockey League and played their home games at the old Madison Square [...]