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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 – [...]

D23 Day Two: Disney Studios Steals the Show

So, remember when I told you yesterday that I had a trio of things on tap for today? Yeah, not so much. Because of the crazy lines – you pretty much need to be at an event a good two hours before it starts if you even want a shot at getting in – we only [...]

9 Child Prodigies (Who Actually Ended Up Doing Something)

Four-year-old Australian Aelita Andre is the talk of the international art world. She sold one painting for $24,000, and her work is currently on display at the Agora Gallery in New York. Perhaps a few decades from now, she’ll earn a spot on this list, which we first published in 2009. By Rick Chillot Being a child [...]

Vintage Arcade Machines Showcase

“QUANTUM SHOT” #702Link – article by Simon Rose and Avi Abrams Get this vintage arcade fix – if you are lucky enough to locate them Well before the advent of the modern video game, and even before Space Invaders, Pacman and Pong, arcade games existed for us to entertain ourselves and to spend our money on. (left: [...]

To Ziploc Or Not To Ziploc, That Is The Controversy

When Isabel Théorêt of Le Blog de NotreVie was preparing a sandwich for her 6-year-old son Felix’s kindergarten class, the kid was mortified because … she was using a Ziploc bag. “He said, ‘No mommy, you can’t do that. Not a Ziploc,’ ” Mr. Lanciault said. Through tears, the boy told his parents that the school had [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Animals in Space

1. Laika. You might have heard of little Laika, the first animal to enter the final frontier. Not much was known about space at the time – we weren’t even sure if humans could withstand entry beyond a certain point. So poor Laika the 11-pound stray dog was sent to test that out aboard Sputnik [...]