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The Hottest Thing at the Olympics?

The hottest thing in London is the Olympic Flame. And what about the 8,000 torches that each sport 8,000 holes that 8,000 people carried 8,000 miles? What happens to those now that the cauldron has been lit? Olympic torches have always been highly collectible, but the 2012 torches are extremely coveted. In fact, a 2012 London [...]

Say "Merry Christmas!" this Year with Blood

Kiseung Lee, a designer who lives in Helsinki, made these stockings to encourage people to give blood. If you do choose to donate blood, do so at a blood bank and only your own. Link -via Nerdcore | Photo: Dezeen

4 Eco-Fabulous Places to Live in 2020

Across the world, architects and environmental engineers are building cities inspired by Mother Nature. Here are four communities leading the way to a greener, cleaner world. 1. Masdar City, United Arab Emirates The Greenest Town in the Middle East The United Arab Emirates isn’t exactly known for its environmental consciousness. Many of its citizens live in large, [...]

The Finnish Dog That Mocked Hitler

Recently-unearthed documents from the the German Foreign Office reveal a World War II dog story destined to eventually become a movie. A dog in Finland named Jackie could do a Hitler salute so well that the Nazis considered it a gross insult. The dog, Jackie, was a mutt owned by Tor Borg, a businessman from the [...]

Wacky Tales from Olympics Past

We’re big Olympics fans here at mental_floss, and it’s killing us that we’ve got to wait nearly two more years until the London Olympics begin. In the meantime, let’s scratch our Olympic itch by looking at some stories you might not know from earlier Games. Marathon Madness Before the 1896 Olympic revival in Athens, there was no [...]

Mila Baby Daydreams

Surfer GirlWhat does your baby dream about while sleeping? Mila’s mother decided to figure out this by creating amazing set of photographs. She is doing her best to imagine, create and capture her child’s daydreams. All pictures are very sweet and ingenious.Adele Enersen in Helsinki says, “This is my maternity leave hobby. While my baby [...]

The Late Movies: Springsteen on the Ukulele

Last week, I stumbled upon Uke Springsteen’s MySpace. Uke, who by day is Pat Healy, an editor at the Boston Metro, is a one-man cover band, using his ukulele to strum out renditions of popular Bruce Springsteen songs. (His remix of “Atlantic City” rivals The Band for best cover of the iconic song.) Perhaps not [...]