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The Surprising Last Words of 11 Entertainers

What do actors, musicians, and writers say when they die? I consulted the reference Last Words of Notable People by Bill Brahms to collect eleven examples. Read on, and get a hanky ready. 1. Bob Hope (1903-2003) The words: “Surprise me.” The story: “Bob” Hope’s full name was Leslie Townes Hope. As an actor [...]

Terrifyingly Realistic Bert And Ernie Cosplay

Redditor ProbableCause spotted these cosplayers dressed as real life versions of Bert and Ernie at Dragon*Con and probably lost his mind in sheer terror. Add them to your list of things you can’t unsee, and don’t be surprised if you wake up in the middle of the night screaming. Link

The Missing Links: The Last Moment Robot

Let’s Save These 11 Places, Shall We? On this day of amazing lists of 11 here at mental_floss, it seems fitting to share another notable compilation of that number. here National Geographic presents a photo rundown of the 11 Most Endangered U.S. Historic Places. Also, I checked out the Wikipedia page for the number eleven – [...]

19 Amazing Facts About Stuff We Saw at Toys R Us

Over on Instagram, we’ve been taking pictures of things and offering up slightly amusing facts about them. So far we’ve toured a grocery store and public library. Next up: Toys R Us! For our latest field trip, I dragged along my three-year-old daughter Charlotte. She was paid in coloring books and a Bubble Guppies DVD. This [...]

The Late Movies: Saying Goodbye to Mr. Hooper

Despite being a puppet show for kids, Sesame Street has always done its best to push boundaries in the pursuit of children’s education. One of the earliest examples of this was when they attempted to teach kids about death after the passing of Will Lee, the actor who portrayed Mr. Hooper. A veteran actor throughout the [...]

The Fantastic World Of Jim Henson

There’s a fuzzy new exhibit coming to a museum near you that showcases the works of puppet messiah Jim Henson. The Fantastic Voyage is sponsored by the Smithsonian Institute and showcases some of Henson’s most beloved and well known characters, like Bert and Ernie, Kermit, and Rowlf the piano playing dog, so you can see [...]

The Late Movies: Sesame Street International Part 3

Have you ever wondered how Sesame Street looks to people in countries other than the US? Thanks to the world wide web, we can get a glimpse. This is part three of a series, and it is not all-inclusive, because there are versions of Sesame Street in countries that haven’t made it to YouTube yet. France Rue [...]

The Late Movies: Sesame Street International

All over the world, little children learn their letters, numbers, and bad jokes watching the Muppets on their local version of Sesame Street. Here’s a sample of the shows from the far corners of the earth. Denmark Elmo sounds the same, even in Danish! The show is called Sesamgade. * Indonesia Cookie Monster appears on an episode of Jalan Sesama. * Kuwait The [...]

The Number of the Day: 28,800

In 2005, author Donovan Hohn set out to locate 28,800 rubber ducks that had been lost at sea 13 years earlier. His experiences have been recounted in a new book with the gloriously descriptive title Moby-Duck: The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea and of the Beachcombers, Oceanographers, Environmentalists and Fools, Including [...]

10 Unusual Traditions for Ringing in the New Year around the World

Did you know that in Switzerland people ring in the new year by dropping a dollop of cream on the floor? Or how about how Armenians bake special bread with “good luck” and “best wishes” stamped into it? We thought you didn’t. So in honor of 2010, here are 10 unusual traditions observed by different [...]