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11 Celebrities Posing with mental_floss

Dateline: Novi, Michigan – Motor City Comic Con 2012. Your intrepid reporter and her ever-patient husband/photographer brave the hordes of Darth Vaders, Dudley Do-Rights, and Daryl Dixons to bring you 11 celebrities posing with mental_floss: 1. Sean Patrick Flanery With a name like Sean Patrick Flanery, one would presume that that Irish brogue used by The Boondock Saints’ [...]

Fabulous Photos of Famous Flappers

This post was planned long ago as a followup to The Rise of the Flapper, which looked at some of the reasons for the iconic lifestyle many young women adopted in the 1920s. Some famous flappers were role models, either in real life or in the movies or other entertainment venues, and others only became [...]

Museum Anatomy: Body Painting by Chadwick Gray and Laura Spector

Chadwick Gray and Laura Spector took body painting and elevated it into a whole other level. In the series "Museum Anatomy," the duo collaborates to recreate museum pieces onto Chadwick’s body. The one on the left above is inspired by Wishbone [...]

I bet you think this song, er, research is about you…

When young, beautiful Dorian Gray spies himself in the mirror and realizes he will age while his painting remains ageless, he wishes that he could sell his soul to remain beautiful while the painting ages. Miraculously, Gray’s wish is granted, allowing the narcissistic Gray to live a life of beauty. But Dorian Gray may not [...]

23 Animals Relaxing With Cool Summer Treats

All across the country, people are hot and miserable. Perhaps this collection of adorable animals cooling off with icy snacks will help. Monkeys Swoyambhunath of Nepal is nicknamed “The Monkey Temple” for the sacred monkeys that live inside the complex. Flickr user lavenderstreak was able to capture these pampered primates in this delightful picture. Flickr user Sudar Muthu was [...]

Food Chain

Snyder, a street artist in Carlsbad, California, added a bit of stencil work to a weathered wall to create this image. It’s called “Eddie the Great Gray.” Link via Copyranter | Artist’s Website

6 TV Shows You Won’t Believe Saved People’s Lives

Hey, wherever you pick up lifesaving information is OK with me! Would you believe a woman’s life was saved by her poor performance on the British talent show The X Factor? In 2007, 46-year-old Jacqui Gray was one of many contestants in the fourth season of The X Factor. Like most talent show contestants, she had [...]

How an Island Full of Landmines Led to a Thriving Penguin Population

by Hank Green War—what is it good for? Well, if the Falkland Islands are any indication, it certainly helps penguins. © Will Gray/JAI/Corbis For several hundred years, human activity on the Falkland Islands—roughly 300 miles off the Argentine coast—threatened its penguins’ survival. But that trend started to reverse in 1982, when Argentina and Britain began duking it out [...]

Stars of the Wild West Show

In the latter part of the 18th century, before television, radio, or even movies with sound, traveling exhibitions were the biggest form of entertainment most people encountered. Oh yes, the circus! At the same time, newspapers and novels told of the adventures Americans experienced settling the western half of the country: exploring, fighting the natives, [...]

Vandalism as Art: Does Breaking a Window Count as Art?

Can vandalism be art? Can breaking a window be considered as art? That is the thesis of Kevin Harman, who filmed himself smashing an art gallery’s window (he notified the gallery beforehand, but refused to reveal the date and time he’d actually do it). Artists seem to agree with him, as many of them are [...]