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The Missing Links: The Anthropology of Comedy

It’s Casual Dress Friday It’s Friday, so you may be at your office right now wearing jeans. If so, your office is one of many with a relaxed end-of-week dress code. If you’re lucky enough to be dressed down today, you owe it to yourself to know the history of business casual. * Does Obamacare Cover Robots [...]

The Late Movies: Classic Super Bowl Commercials

If you, like me, learned everything you know about football from Friday Night Lights (the TV series, not the movie. Duh.), you probably watch the Super Bowl for the commercials. Whether it was famous frogs, talking babies, thirsty supermodels or something a little more outrageous, advertising during the big game has become almost as relevant [...]

More and More US Teenagers Prefer Surfing the Net to Driving a Car

Remember your first time driving? For most Americans, nothing symbolizes freedom more than the open road. But that’s changing: for more and more teenagers, freedom doesn’t mean a fast car. It means a fast [...]

Counting Down Our Most Popular Quizzes of 2011 (#6-#10)

This weekend, we’ll be counting down the year’s top quizzes (see #11-#15). Pay attention to what’s been working, because on Monday we’ll start accepting suggestions for another installment of Reader-Submitted Quiz Week. What resume wouldn’t look better with “I wrote a quiz for mental_floss” down in the MISCELLANEOUS section? (Plus you can win a t-shirt, [...]

9 Movie Villains That Were Actually Right

When you think about it, Edward Rooney from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off was just trying to do his job to ensure a high school delinquent didn’t get away with ditching school while everyone else had to go. He’s not the only movie villain who actually wasn’t that bad of a guy in the long run. [...]

The First Few Minutes of the Ferris Bueller TV Show

If you weren’t in a quiz-taking mood earlier today, you missed this clip from the TV adaptation of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, which debuted in 1990 and lasted 13 episodes. An early NY Times review compared it unfavorably to the year’s other new high school series, Parker Lewis Can’t Lose. In this clip, TV Ferris [...]

Is This Really the Script to a Ferris Bueller Sequel?

The blog Stuck in the ’80s says it is. I had to double-check the date on the post just to make sure it wasn’t an old April Fool’s joke just now making the Internet rounds, but no – Steve Spears says Ferris Bueller 2: Another Day Off is the real deal. It seems Ferris has [...]

What Can’t You Bring Yourself to Throw Away?

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. For Christmas in 1992, before text messaging was so popular, my 13-year-old self got a Brett Favre #4 jersey. (I [...]

This Game Moves Pretty Fast: Ferris Bueller’s Board Game

LA’s Gallery 1988 has been getting a lot of attention lately for their pop culture-inspired art shows. Recently they hosted “Is This Thing On?” – which featured a variety of pieces based on popular comedians. Now, they have launched a new exhibit called “The Road to Shermer: A Tribute to John Hughes”, paying homage to [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Long-in-the-Tooth “Teenagers”

You all know that I’m a big Glee fan. But I’m not delusional – I know that a lot of the actors in the show are nowhere close to being of high school age… unless they’ve flunked many a grade (Cory Monteith and Mark Salling, who play Finn and Puck respectively, are both 27). They’re [...]