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R2-D2 Engagement Ring

That’s an extremely well put-together little marriage. Joe had this ring custom made for his bride, Emily. Then, in the presence of their friends and while dressed as Peanuts characters, he popped the question. Link -via Geekologie

Six Kids, One Bike

Like many people, Emily Finch gave up her big SUV for a bicycle. But what makes this story unusual is that she’s a mother of six and yes, she bikes them around town in [...]

At the Libraries: No Donations Welcome

Each week Miss Kathleen provides links to a variety of stories about libraries, authors, and books. If there’s something noteworthy going on in your local library, leave us a comment! Looking for a way to combine your love of books and of Sir Mix-A-Lot? Bless you, Etsy. * If you have a child, or are a children’s librarian, [...]

The Late Movies: 6 of Emily Gilmore’s Best Freak-Outs

Though she’s well-known for her other roles—originating Sheila in A Chorus Line, Baby’s mom in Dirty Dancing—Kelly Bishop, who turns 68 today, is perhaps most recognized for her recent turn as Emily Gilmore on Gilmore Girls. Known for being persistently proper and a little bit stubborn, Emily Gilmore could throw down when she wanted to [...]

Judge Judy Would Like You to Get to the Point

And while you’re at it, use proper diction. Emily and Matt Fitzpatrick of Steotch, who also made the Locutus of Borg Serenity Prayer sampler, created this Judge Judy-themed cross stitch. Link

How Do Hurricanes Get Their Names?

As the East Coast prepares for Hurricane Irene, here’s a look at how these storms are named. Since Europeans first came to the Americas and the Caribbean, hurricanes have been named using a variety of systems. First they were named after Catholic saints. Later on, the latitude-longitude positions of a storm’s formation was used as a [...]

Serenity Prayer: Resistance is Futile

Remember the Jabba The Hutt Serenity Prayer cross stitch we featured a while back? Well, Emily and Matt Fitzpatrick of Steotch have the second in the series, this time featuring Picard/Locutus from Star Trek: Link

Recent Visitors to the mental_floss Store

The front part of our Ohio office serves as our retail store, and people travel great distances to cross “visit the mental_floss retail store” off their bucket lists. Last week Emily and Adrienne Davis made the trip from Oberlin, Ohio, and by all accounts they were wonderful guests. (Emily technically came all the way from [...]

Jabba the Hutt Serenity Prayer Cross Stitch

I’m at a loss to explain precisely why, but somehow this cross stitch featuring Jabba the Hutt, Princess Leia as his slave, and the Serenity Prayer makes perfect sense. It was made by Emily and Matt Fitzpatrick. Their website is filled with similar cross stitch samplers inspired by pop culture. Link and Etsy Store via Urlesque

The Late Movies: TV Series Finales

I am a TV marathoner. When my boyfriend and I choose a new series to Netflix, our entire social lives disappear until we finish the series. Recently, we finished Six Feet Under, a show that has stayed with me long past the series finale. Here’s a round-up of great series finales. Share your favorites in [...]