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Super Bowl Talking Points For Football Newbies

So, it’s Super Bowl Sunday and you’ve gotten yourself invited to a football party but you know next to nothing about the sport or the two teams playing. What to do? Don’t worry, BuzzFeed has got your back! Here are some [...]

Apple Quizzes

Over the years, I’ve written a number of Apple-related quizzes. Here are two that we published previously on the _floss, in honor of Mr. Jobs passing. Please note that the photos I’ve selected in this quiz don’t always represent the items in question! That said, let’s see how well you know your Apple history and products. Give [...]

The Time Notre Dame Played the New York Giants (for the Unemployed!)

“Knute Rockne’s Notre Dame all-stars arrived in New York for their battle with the New York Giants pro team in a charity grid battle. They were received by Mayor Walker at City Hall in New York.” © Bettmann/CORBIS When the Great Depression started squeezing New Yorkers’ job prospects, the city got creative. In October 1930, New [...]

Giants on Earth

Do legends and traditions of storybook giants have some basis in fact? Fossils of Gigantopithecus suggest the species reached almost ten feet tall and lived up to 300,000 years ago. Fortean Times looks at the possibility that the primate wasn’t an ape, but something a bit closer to human, and might not even be extinct. There [...]

Top Quizzes of 2010: Mac or PC? (#16)

This week we’ll be counting down some of the top mental_floss quizzes of 2010. Enjoy! How well do you know one platform from the other? The history of these two giants in the computing world? Given a picture of one, would you know by sight alone if it’s a PC or Mac? Take the Quiz: Mac or [...]

The Last Time the NFL Played on Tuesday…

Citing public safety concerns related to the forecasted winter storm that ultimately dumped more than a foot of snow on much of the Philadelphia area, the National Football League postponed Sunday night’s Eagles-Vikings game until tonight. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, tonight’s game is the first NFL game played on a Tuesday since 1946. [...]