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Things You Learned the Hard Way

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. Under Colin’s post about items you shouldn’t microwave, regular _flosser Bert left this comment: “My brothers once tried to make a [...]

Leonard Nimoy Directed Three Men and a Baby

Last night fellow _flosser Ethan Trex told me Three Men and a Baby was directed by Leonard Nimoy. This pretty much blew my mind. What lesser-known movie/director combos do you think would cause a similar my-mind-being-blown reaction?

Win $100 Cash!

Over at our friend Ray William Johnson’s new Web site, you can win $100 cash if you can find the secret, hidden question. Go give it a try and maybe we’ll be able to boast that a _flosser scored the prize! Good luck!

So You Want to Make an Action Movie

The internet is full of flowcharts. But a lot of them are designed for strictly ridiculous or ironic purposes. Now, finally there’s a series of flowcharts that instruct readers on how to do something highly achievable: becoming a successful filmmaker. OK, maybe it’s not the easiest or most practical pursuit. But if you’re going to venture [...]

Puppies Wearing Hats Eating Bacon Sharing Facts (seriously)

Today, 53 years and a day after Laika, the Russian mutt became the first dog to launch into space, mental_floss hopes to help dogkind take a small step backwards: with a new column we’re calling Puppies Wearing Hats Eating Bacon Sharing Facts… about Ranch dressing. The dogs are real. The facts are real. The bacon [...]

Meet the Birmingham Office

Founding _flosser Will Pearson recently sat down with the good people at Birmingham Weekly to discuss the past, present and future of mental_floss. Posing with Will are Hazel (security), Winslow (senior art director), Neely (editor-in-chief) and Josh (art director). Not Pictured: Emmitt. Ah, there’s Emmitt. Here’s how Winslow explained why the pup wasn’t in the group [...]

The Story of Mr. Splashy Pants, by Alexis Ohanian

Loyal readers who follow Higgins on this blog know all about TED Talks. Some of my favorites he’s posted include this one by Torsten Reil and this one by Ian Dunbar. Because he’s been such a devoted _flosser, and because reddit has done such nice things for us, we couldn’t resist posting this really short, [...]