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Astronomers search for Dyson Spheres

Three astronomers have been awarded a grant to assist them in locating Dyson Spheres in space. The concept of a Dyson Sphere was first proposed in 196…

When Frank Frazetta Worked for Disney

Walt, I have never prayed to you before. I have no tongue for it. No one, not even you, will remember if we were good men or bad. Why we fought, or why we died. All that matters is that two stood against many. That’s what’s important! Cuteness pleases you, Walt… so grant me one [...]

Great Moments in Presidential Debt

Properly managing one’s finances seems like it should be a prerequisite for running a country. But these U.S. leaders could have used more dead presidents in their wallets. HARRY TRUMAN -THE BUCK STOPPED THERE Prior to becoming president, Harry Truman’s ventures in private business earned him more trouble than profit. He lost several thousand dollars investing in [...]

Elizabeth Van Lew: An Unlikely Union Spy

Among hundreds of women who acted as spies during the Civil War, Elizabeth Van Lew stands out as one of the most effective. She was a prominent member of Richmond society who opposed both slavery and secession, but kept quiet among the fervent Confederates around her. Van Lew and her mother volunteered to care for [...]

The Mythbusters Answer Your Questions!

It’s here — the mental_floss interview with the Mythbusters, featuring your questions! (Also here: a new season of the show, starting tonight: Wednesday, October 6! Set your DVRs — the new season premieres at 9pm. Also check out Kari Byron’s new show Head Rush, a commercial-free hour of experiments on the Science Channel every weekday [...]

13 Hitchcock Films That Were Never Made

Even legendary directors like Alfred Hitchcock don’t always get their way. Over the course of his illustrious career, Hitchcock had to abandon quite a few projects due to budgetary concerns, issues with stars, the whims of studio heads, or in some cases simply his own instincts that the film wasn’t going to turn out very [...]