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The 12 Times NHL Goalies Scored Goals Themselves

ADAM HUNGER/Reuters/Landov New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur, who has helped lead his team to the Stanley Cup Finals, is part of an exclusive club. Brodeur is one of 10 goalies who has scored a goal in an NHL game and one of two goalies who has scored twice. Here’s the complete list. 1. Billy Smith, 1979 Smith, [...]

11 Random Facts About Kissing

alias / Shutterstock.com 1. Kissing is good for you. A few of its benefits: it can help reduce dermatitis and blemishes. It can also help fight tooth decay because the extra saliva it produces cleans out your mouth. Kissing for a minute can burn up to twenty-six calories. And practiced regularly, kissing may even add a [...]

Gratefuler

It kind of gets you right here to see the manliest men in history putting a pen to paper to express their soft side. We saw that in Teddy Roosevelt’s diary entry not long ago. On a happier subject, here’s a note that Samuel Clemens (also known as Mark Twain) wrote to his wife Olivia [...]

U.S. City Names According to Twitter

Graphic link I must be the only person on Twitter who calls their location by its real name. A recent study by InboxQ revealed that 66% of Tweeters have either made up a location entirely (“John Malkovich’s brain”) or use clever nicknames for their cities. The latter is what you’ll find represented in this “America According [...]

The mental_floss Guide to the NCAAs (The Southeast)

We may not be much help in filling out your bracket. But throughout this week we’re going to bring you a _flossy take on March Madness: one interesting fact about each of the 68 teams in the tournament field. Tonight we’re tackling the Southeast region. (1) Pittsburgh graduated its first female students in 1898. Sisters Margaret [...]

One Man Village People

(YouTube link) Halftime at the UConn-Florida basketball game in Hartford last week. The performer goes by the name Christopher or Christopher from Las Vegas. -via The Daily What

The Men Behind the Tools

You may not realize it, but you’ve got quite a few proper names in your toolbox or hanging above your workbench. Let’s take a look at a few of the names that have helped make drilling, screwing, cleaning, and tightening a bit easier for all of us. Ettore squeegees The squeegee takes its name from the sound [...]

5 Famous Fires and the Lessons They Taught Us

Fire safety is something many people take for granted until it’s too late. In honor of National Fire Safety Month, here are some stories of tragic fires, each of which contains typical “what went wrong” elements that could have lowered the death toll. Each disaster led to more stringent laws and/or safety precautions, to prevent [...]

What’s in a Nickname? The Origins of All 30 NHL Team Names

Ever wonder what a Canuck is? How about a Blue Jacket? With the NHL season kicking off this week, here’s a breakdown of how the league’s 30 teams got their names. 1. New York Rangers In 1925, the New York Americans joined the National Hockey League and played their home games at the old Madison Square [...]